Posted July 16, 2013

Las Vegas Summer League: 10 snapshot evaluations from the first two days

2013 Las Vegas Summer League, Austin Rivers, Ben Golliver, Ben McLemore, CJ McCollum, Jonas Valanciunas, Kendall Marshall, Kent Bazemore, Lucas Nogueria, Otto Porter, Reggie Bullock

Dion Waiters, Cavaliers

Waiters should offer to pick up McLemore’s dinner tab, as the rookie’s tough outing made everyone forget that the 2012 draft’s No. 4 pick went 1-for-11 in the Cavaliers’ win over the Lakers on Friday. Some players naturally understand the importance of shot selection; others develop that understanding over time; still others actively resist the notion that there is such thing as a bad shot. Waiters looked to be in that last category on Friday, and maybe that’s understandable considering this is his second go-around in Vegas. After shooting 41.2 percent last year, one would think he would have entered Summer League with a chip on his shoulder, looking to demonstrate his superiority against this level of competition and answer the questions about his ability to score efficiently.

Reggie Bullock, Clippers

The Clippers seem to be the consensus winners of the summer thanks to the re-signings of Chris Paul and Matt Barnes coupled with the additions of JJ Redick, Jared Dudley and Darren Collison. As if those five — and Jamal Crawford — didn’t offer enough perimeter firepower, enter Bullock, who looked as NBA-ready as any other rookie in his debut. Drawing chants of “Reg-gie! Reg-gie!” from Clippers fans, Bullock scored 18 points and grabbed three rebounds in a win over the Hawks, showing a controlled, active offensive game while making play after play (three blocks and a steal) on the other end.

Kent Bazemore, Warriors

What more can this guy do to become the ideal NBA cult hero? He cheers harder from the bench than virtually everyone in the NBA (look out, Patty Mills), he has a unique haircut and a fan-friendly personality, and he played absolutely ferocious against the Wizards, locking up Porter on one end while leading all scorers with 21 points on the other. There’s a large Warriors contingent in the house and Bazemore is single-handedly making sure they return to the Bay as happy campers.

Lucas Nogueira, Hawks

The 20-year-old Brazilian center is all Afro and wingspan, and he’s a joy to watch, even if he’s far from the type of rim-protecting presence he should be given his measurements. Whether or not he is able to add extra weight and strength in the future, Nogueria, a 2013 first-round pick who played professionally in Spain last season, flashed some nice in-air finishing ability against the Clippers. He finished with 10 points and eight rebounds, and threw down a number of lob dunks that would sail over just about everyone not named JaVale McGee. He was bullied and bumped from his spot quite often, a problem that will only get way worse against NBA-caliber bigs, but his highlights drew some gasps and cheers.

Kendall Marshall, Suns

Will some enterprising GM take a run at trading for Marshall, the No. 13 pick in last year’ draft? First, the Suns sign Goran Dragic last summer and then they trade for Eric Bledsoe this summer. If that wasn’t enough, Marshall played just 18 minutes in Saturday’s win over Portland, mostly because he struggled to keep McCollum in front of him. A pass-first point guard if there ever was one, Marshall finished with 5 points and 4 assists, including a nice long-distance alley-oop. It’s just hard to see where this is going for the Suns and for Marshall.


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8 comments
ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

Austin Rivers will be traded before the season starts

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OK
OK

Punk Rivers showed little. Punk Rivers remains worthless.

motttocs
motttocs

Who is this kid from the WIZARDS,  Horner?  He has a good shot and seems like he has a knack for the game.  Future?

Wisconsin Death Trip
Wisconsin Death Trip

"Ball'n out in vegas"   Says it all right there.....more "Street Ball'n" than actual basketball. The NBA is dying a slow death........ZZzzsst! 

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

@Wisconsin Death Trip 

THe kids keep showing up every year with more tattoos and less skills.  Unless you count running fast and trash talking as skills.

humdrumdrumhumming
humdrumdrumhumming

this is a great article, reminding us Wiggins is just the latest player to be called "the best prospect since LeBron James"...

http://goldengatesports.com/2013/07/12/andrew-wiggins-hype-mix-tape-legend-or-the-truth/


Andrew Wiggins: Hype, Mix Tape Legend, Or The Truth?

"A highflying 18-year-old from Canada has sent GM’s across America scurrying for exit strategies on their 2013-14 NBA seasons, trying to figure out how they can jettison enough players to parachute past mediocre and achieve the far more coveted status of “truly awful”, a title which includes a prime selection in the much ballyhooed 2014 NBA draft, and a shot at its crown jewel — Andrew Wiggins."


good read, good highlights -- especially Derrick Rose in high school..

Atrain81
Atrain81

As a King's fan the best thing about watching the Kings summer team play Dallas's team is watching the King's summer team play, as opposed to not watching a Seattle Sonics II summer team.  Ben McLemore looked like he was pushing it, just throwing up a lot of shots.  I'll give him a pass for this game.  We'll see.  His first game away from Bill Self's system.  His first game against NBA-ish competition.  On the other hand, three years ago DeMarcus Cousins looked like an eighth grader playing against sixth graders in his summer league games.  Ray McCallum has some solid point guard skills.  A couple more of these players might make the Reno D-League roster.  Go Kings!  We can still say that!  Go Kings!