NBA Summer League – 07/11/2008

Here is everything you need to know about the 1st day of NBA Summer League action. This is no recap of the games – it is more like a summary of the most important statlines and weird facts. If you’d prefer a recap, just click on the results and you will be send to the nba.com recap.

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors

89 – 96

76ers:

  • Thaddeus Young was Philly’s top scorer with 27 points on 20 shots
  • Marreese Speights looked pretty confident on the court. He can score (22) and he knows how to battle for a rebound (13)
  • My favorite stat in this game is provided by Jason Smith. 11 personal fouls, ladies and gentlemen, NBA Summer League – where amazing happens. On the bright side, he scored 11 points and added 9 boards

Warriors:

  • Anthony Randolph was born to do one thing: scoring. A game-high 30 points on 18 shots while hustling for 8 boards – way to go, young man
  • Belinelli and Watson, the GSW’s backcourt, scored 14 points each – good to see Belinelli look confident on the court, not happening too often in the NBA games
  • Brandan Wright is a freak of nature. He blocked 4 shots (the 76ers had 4 blocks as a team), scored 17 points on 7 shots and grabbed 7 boards

New Orleans Hornets vs. Memphis Grizzlies

75 – 88

Hornets:

  • Knocked down less than 36% of their shots from the field
  • Julian Wright was the best and the worst the Hornets could offer tonight. He scored 12 points (on 17 shots, tho) while turning the ball over 11 times
  • Hilton Armstrong scored 13 points and crashed the board for 9 rebounds, but he isn’t as good as Jason Smith of the 76ers. Armstrong had only 9 personal fouls…2 more and he would be as good as Smith šŸ˜‰
  • It can only get better next time

Grizzlies:

  • O.J. Mayo was brilliant according to nba.com. He was good, but he wasn’t that good. He scored 15 points, showed some range on his shots, played decent D (he was rewarded with 3 steals), but he turned the ball over 8 times. This is important. He needs to take more care.
  • Darrell Arthur scored a game–high 18 points. The Grizzlies had 5 guys scoring in double digits.
  • Surprise of the night: PJ Tucker. He scored 17 points (6 shots plus some free throws, of course), grabbed 8 boards (6 offensive), added 3 assists for good measure and went for 4 steals and he did all that in 21 minutes. No one is talking about him, but he probably was the biggest surprise yesterday – I’m not kidding, check the nba.com recap. They don’t even mention his name.

Los Angeles Lakers vs. Detroit Pistons

73 – 84

Lakers:

  • They got dominated a bit, but it wasn’t as bad as the Hornets output. The Lakers converted on 53.5% of their shots which is a great numbers, but they didn’t take care of the ball and paid the price
  • Coby Karl scored a team-high 14 points while his dad (you know it, I guess, George Karl – Denver Nuggets coach) was watching him
  • Nobody was especially noticeable – in a positive or negative way
  • They have some strange names on their summer league roster: Mata-Real, Calathes, Bozeman…

Pistons:

  • Is it just me or do they play like the “real” Pistons? They take care of the ball, they hustle on defense and they know how and where to attack their opponent. Scary, man. The Pistons teach their youngsters how to play the right way and I really like that.
  • They only took 2 3pters. When the other team can’t stop you – go to the rim – and they did.
  • Rodney Stuckey, already well known for his heroics last season (and playoffs when Chauncey Billups pulled his hamstring) scored a game-high 21 points so you won’t forget his name. He will be in the NBA a long time. 5 rebounds and 4 assists while turning the ball over only 2 times is a nice addition to his statline. Big improvement.
  • Arron Afflalo is often forgotten when talking about the Pistons’ youngster, but he is as good as they come. 15 points.
  • Walter Sharpe missed some shots, but he didn’t look lost on the field – that has to count for something, right?
  • Amir Johnson was perfect from the field (5/5), but he fouled way too often and he needs to show us way more to be the player the Pistons’ fans want him to be

Dallas Mavericks vs. Los Angeles Clippers

69 – 86

Mavericks:

  • Gerald Green was playing for the Mavs summer league team. Yes, that Gerald Green.
  • I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure what was more surprising. Green playing in the summer league or Green only scoring 12 points?
  • James Singleton – 8 personal fouls and 5 turnovers – it can only get better from here
  • Anyway, the Mavs had three guys in double digits and there isn’t so much more to say about them

Clippers:

  • Good shot selection (compared to the other summer league teams)
  • Eric Gordon looked very good out there. Game-high 23 points, 7 rebounds and 2 assists. If it wasn’t for the 6 turnovers, he’d probably be in my top 3 rookies yesterday – ah, he still is. 3/6 from downtown – good range
  • Al Thornton scored 20 points
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