Vegas Awards at the Halfway Mark
I got this off ESPN.
Five days down, five to go at Las Vegas Summer League. Some teams are nearly through with their schedule, while others are just rolling into town. Since we're halfway through, it's a good moment to take inventory of what we've seen so far, and hand out some early awards.
Keep in mind that some teams have played only a single game and some stellar performances might not be acknowledged (read: Jerryd Bayless):
All Rookie Team
Tyreke Evans (SAC): Evans' one-on-one power game has produced a sick line. In three games, Evans has averaged 24.7 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. Most impressively, Evans has attempted 41 free throws in three games. His transition to point guard is a work in progress, but he'll be a scoring machine no matter where he plays on the floor.
Tyreke Evans: He has shown the ability to score points at will.
Blake Griffin (LAC): Griffin followed up his momentous 27-point, 12-rebound debut Monday night with a hum-drum 16-point, 9-rebound, 5-assist performance. Griffin directs traffic on both ends of the floor, and has been a pleasant surprise on pick-and-roll defense -- something he didn't encounter a whole lot at the college level.
Darren Collison (NOH): The Hornets' first-round pick has brought the discipline and patience of his UCLA pedigree to the pro game. He matched George Hill mano-a-mano in his first game, then came back Tuesday night with 23 points. He's also a perfect 16-for-16 from the stripe in his two games.
Roddy Beaubois (DAL): Before the Mavericks' rookie point guard took a scary spill Monday night in his third outing, he was electrifying crowds in Cox Pavilion with his combination of speed and range. He ran up 34 points against the Rockets Saturday night, including 7-for-12 from beyond the arc.
Jodie Meeks (MIL): The second-round pick out of Kentucky might not be one of the more athletic two-guards here, but he has lit it up from midrange, averaging 16.7 points per game on 60 percent shooting. The Bucks' brass is said to be very, very pleased.
All Sophomore Team
Anthony Randolph (GSW): Quite simply, the most dominant, skilled, devastating player in town. On Tuesday, his 42 points tied a Summer League record. His current averages through four games: 26.8 points, 8.5 rebounds, 3.0 blocks on 60.9 percent shooting from the field.
George Hill (SAS): Hill has demonstrated a complete command of the Spurs offense. He has picked his spots offensively, and finished -- unlike last year, when he shot eight percent from the field in Summer League action. He's averaging 20.5 points per game and getting to the line at will.
Eric Gordon (LAC): In his two games, the Clippers' second-year guard has muscled his way to the hole for 21 and 22 points, respectively. His 21-for-22 totals from the free-throw line demonstrate that strategy is working well.
Robin Lopez (PHX): The question surrounding Lopez has been one of resolve, but Lopez looked fierce in his first Summer League game, racking up 24 points, 16 boards, and a couple of blocks.
DeAndre Jordan (LAC): Jordan's athletic attributes have never been in question. Whether he could package it all together into a coherent low-post game was another matter. So far, Jordan has dominated the interior for the Clippers. He's shooting 15-for-19 from the field. He's shown sharp recognition in the post and is winning every race to the basket.
All Vets & Journeymen Team
Quincy Douby (TOR): Douby has been working hard on his game, and his effort is paying off in Las Vegas. He's shooting the ball efficiently from distance, racking up assists, and keeping turnovers to a minimum. Toronto may not have room for him in their backcourt, but his 19 points per game on 61.1 percent shooting should catch someone's attention.
Nick Young (WAS): The Wizards haven't even unpacked, but Nick Young's first game Tuesday night was a revelation. The third-year guard went insane, running up 36 points on 13-for-19 shooting, against the Cavs' hapless perimeter defenders.
Adam Morrison (LAL): It might not be the most efficient stat line of the week, but Morrison has put together a nice series of games. He's scored from distance, off cuts, and by putting the ball on the deck. It's a long road back for Morrison, but this week has served as a solid stepping stone back to respectability.
David Monds (LAL): The forward spent last summer in the D-League, and has been a solid contributor to the Lakers' 3-1 Summer League record thus far. He's averaging 14 points and five rebounds, and only 0.5 turnovers per game. He's also shooting an efficient 64.1 percent from the field.
Walker Russell, Jr. (DLS): A sentimental choice off the D-League Select roster, Russell is a creative, pass-first point guard. He sees the floor with an uncanny awareness of exactly where his teammates are, and where they want the ball. His pinpoint passes were the highlight of the Select team's victory over the Timberwolves.
All The-Week-Isn't-Working-Out-So-Far Team
David Thorpe shares his thoughts about who's had a disappointing week in Vegas:
Curry has struggled with his shooting touch, while Randolph can't seem to miss. Stephen Curry (GSW): The good news for Curry is that he's been able to get shots -- largely because the ball has been in his hand. He's picking his opportunities. Unfortunately, he's picking far too many of them. Although he's averaging 19.5 points per game, he's doing it on only 31.4 percent shooting. His assist/turnover ratio? 4.5 to 3.75.
Donte Greene (SAC): Greene is a bit of collateral damage playing next to Tyreke Evans. He needs the ball in the right spots, and Evans can't deliver those passes yet. So Greene is struggling to score efficiently, shooting only 8-for-27 over three games.
Mike Taylor (LAC): Taylor can shoot, is lightning quick, and plays with spirit. But he's not been able to put it together and look like a rotation point guard.
Bobby Brown (MIN): Sorry to break fellow Titan Marc Stein's heart, but for a team that just drafted two rookie PGs, Brown hoped to show this week that he could be part of the 'Wolves backcourt rotation. That's looking unlikely. He's shooting 35.7 percent from the field, and not giving the 'Wolves much else.
Luc Mbah a Moute (MIL): Mbah a Moute has already proved he's a rotation player in this league. He was hoping to show that he can be more than just a tough defender. Thus far, that hasn't happened.
Why isn't he on here?
First game 7 points 17 assists 1 block
Second game 16 points 5 assists 1 block
I agree he should definitely be on that vets/journeymen 1st team for sure.
This article showed the Grizzlies no love.
does any article?
also another grizz player who is doing good is darrell arthur
Game 1 11points 8rebounds 1 ast 1stl 2blks
Game 2 22points 6rebounds 3blks
Personally I would take Arthur over Robin Lopez.
Nope..the Grizz never get much love in articles
and there is another guy i think should be here chase budinger
he is scoring well in only about 20 minutes and is shooting great 50% from 3 and 63%from the field
this must be a chad fraud article am i right??
what about Joey Dorsey? its his second summer league and hes averaging almost 10pts 15rbs and 3blks... no love for the big man? i say he should make a spot on the sophs.
also who do you guys think so far is the summer league most improved, mvp, defense player, and best rookie?
mvp - anthony randolf or
most improved - randolf again?
rookie- blake griffin
defensive - Joey dorsey
just some ideas thoughts?
This was a TrueHoop article..I'm not sure who wrote it. David Thorpe came up with the all-disappointing team. He may have wrote the whole article.
I wouldn't put Budinger on that all-rookie team because he doesn't do anything else besides shoot jumpshots. He doesn't attack the rim, he is a bad defender, mediocre passer, & poor rebounder considering his size & leaping ability.
how does this guy get no love, he been the best player on the rockets,,u could argue it between him and joey dorsey though,,either one of those guys should be on their
I would take Joey Dorsey over Robin Lopez also.
This is just from the games I have watched:
MVP- Randolph- just needs to gain 20 more pounds and improve his jumpshot
Rookies that look better than I was expecting: Blair, Summers, T Douglas, Marcus Thornton, Jennings
Best passer: Marcus Williams & Brandon Jennings
Big Dissapointments: McClinton, Julian Wright, Brewer, Jason Thompson, Donte Greene
Best midrange shooter- Morrow
Best scorer: Marcus Thornton
Rookies that look a little overrated: Flynn, DeRozan
Overall sleepers that can really make a positive impact this year: Morrow, Douby, George Hill, Marcus Williams
Rookies that look very good as I was expecting: Evans, Harden, James Johnson, Meeks
2nd best player behind Randolph: George Hill
Surprisingly good ball handlers: Douby & Marcus Thornton
Very quick shot release: Curry & Thornton
Budinger gets no love because all he does is shoot jumpshots. He is averaging 3rebs & 1asst which is horrible while also playing mediocre defense.
chase should be there since he has shown he scores on more then just jumpers(still doesnt drive alot but thats not gonna be his game)..doresy should be mentioned but the biggest slight is jennings but im not suprised since the media has already made it clear that they dont particularly like him because of his past comments
The worst player has to be Jack McClinton. He is horrible out there. HORRIBLE! And Quincy Douby has always been a good ballhandler, he will break your ankles and get to the hole alot