Archive for Summer League

It’s been a long time…

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , on June 24, 2010 by dunkonu

See, when you forget you have a blog and you take a few days off…suddenly it’s a week…a month…6 months…and than it hits you again: damn, I used to write something about my favorite sport from time to time that, at it’s best, was mildly interesting or at least not totally boring. God, I really miss PhotoShop…

Now you can’t find this blog under www.dunkonu.com or www.dunkonyou.com anymore, because I didn’t feel like paying for the URL when I wasn’t writing anymore.

So, here is a quick recap of what happened since the last post (which I wrote last freakin’ year(!!!)):

  • The Pistons didn’t exactly blow their competion out the water…injuries, bad chemistry, not-playing-together for a long time…excuses over excuses…
  • The Celtics showed the world that the regular season doesn’t mean anything as long as you can turn “it” on in the Playoffs
  • The Lakers showed the Celtics that you can dominate the regular season and the playoffs 😀

Now it’s draft time where the so-called experts write stuff they regret a few months later…but they’ll do it next year again anyway. So, just hope for a few good trades, some funky suits worn by the new guys and enjoy the show. Other than the Las Vegas Summer League there won’t be much going on ’til the season starts…except for the LeBron sweepstakes.

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NBA Summer League Recap – 07/15/2008

Posted in NBA, YouTube with tags , , , , , on July 16, 2008 by dunkonu

Detroit Pistons vs. Milwaukee Bucks

59 – 73

Pistons:

  • What happened yesterday? 59 points? Are you kidding me? Rodney Stuckey didn’t play (sore toe), but that can’t be an excuse
  • They got outrebounded and turned the ball over 20 times
  • The only good thing for the Pistons was the great play of Arron Afflalo – 18 points (only double digits scorer on the Pistons roster in this one), 5 rebounds and 4 assists

Bucks:

  • If you want to win, keep your opponent to single digit points in 2 quarters – it worked for the Bucks
  • Ramon Sessions, the guy who rocked the league assist-wise late last season, was spectacular – 21 points and 6 boards (4 off, 2 def)

Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers

81 – 73

76ers:

  • After falling behind by 10 in the 1st quarter, they climbed back into this one with a great 2nd quarter effort and finished the Lakers off in the 4th – 3 good quarters are good enough to win in the Summer League
  • Three guys scored a team-high 16 points – Mareese Speights (9 boards), Thaddeus Young and Jason Smith (Lorinza Harrington was only one point shy) – great team effort

Lakers:

  • Coby Karl is still killing it – game-high 18 points (3/7 from3pt range)

San Antonio Spurs vs. New Orleans Hornets

68 – 76

Spurs:

  • They fell behind by 13 after one quarter, got back into the game in the 2nd and 3rd quarter, but it still wasn’t enough
  • James Gist (1st time I saw this name) had a double-double (14 points, 11 rebounds)
  • 4 players scored 10+ points

Hornets:

  • 50% from 3pt range (9/18 shots) – well done
  • 4 guys scored in double digits
  • Bobby Brown lead the pack with 15 points and 8 assists – he is looking for his shot, but if he sees an open man, he will find him – good decision-making

Sacramento Kings vs. Portland Trailblazers

75 – 74

Overtime! Overtime! Overtime!

Kings:

  • Quincy Douby is showing the NBA world that he can play! 24 points and 6 steals for the Kings guard
  • Jason Thompson scored 17 points and grabbed 9 boards coming off the bench – he doesn’t look out of place on the court
  • Thompson converted a three-point play with seconds to go in the overtime to give his team the win

Blazers:

  • Jerryd Bayless scored a game-high 26 points to go with 6 boards
  • Petteri Koponen still found a way to the top by scoring 18 points himself – maybe the Blazers will give him a roster spot after all

Charlotte Bobcats vs. Golden State Warriors

93 – 99

Bobcats:

  • D.J. Augustin scored a day-high 30 points (tied with Belinelli) on 14 shots for Charlotte and added 6 rebounds for good measure
  • Augustin was the only starter to score more than 7 points
  • Three player off the bench scored 10+ points – Kyle Hines, James Mays and Marcus Slaughter
  • 13-player rotation

Warriors:

  • Marco Belinelli should get him some tattoo stating “King of the Summer League” or something like that – he scorched the Bobcats for a day-high 30 points (tied with Augustin) on 5 shots – he hit 3 out of 4 from deep and was perfect from the line – what is up with the kid? Why can’t he play even remotely close to that in a real game? I’m not expecting him to go and score 30 in an NBA game, but how about 5-10? Is that too much to ask for?
  • C.J. Watson was spectacular himself – 23 points, 7 assists, 5 steals and 4 rebounds – probably yesterday’s MVP

He was the D-League’s Player of the Month after averaging 25.4 points (December)

Here is something else, O.J. Mayo’s 69 footer from the day before against the Spurs:

NBA Summer League Recap – 07/13/2008

Posted in NBA with tags , , on July 14, 2008 by dunkonu

Hi folks, here is a little recap and some stats and facts of yesterday’s summer league games. We will start with some stats so scroll down for the recaps:

Stats & Facts

Most points (player): 25 (tied – Marco Belinelli, Warriors/Arron Afflalo, Pistons)

Most points (team): 95 (Warriors)

Least points allowed (team): 66 (Pistons)

Best FG% (team): 50.9% (Pistons)

Most assists (player): 5 (Bobby Brown, Hornets)

Most assists (team): 16 (Mavericks)

Most rebounds (player): 10 (DeAndrew Jordan, Clippers)

Most rebounds (team): 40 (Mavericks)

Most steals (player): 5 (Julian Wright, Hornets)

Most blocks (player): 2 (several tied)

Most turnovers (player): 7 (Mike Taylor, Clippers) – 6 (tied – OJ Mayo, Grizzlies/Julian Wright, Hornets)

Most personal fouls (player): 9 (Darrell Arthur, Grizzlies)

Most points in one half (team): 49 (Warriors, 2nd half)

Most points in one quarter (team): 27 (Tie – Warriors 4th quarter/Pistons 3rd quarter)

Charlotte Bobcats – New Orleans Hornets

75 – 77

Bobcats:

  • 4 players in double digits – pretty rare in the summer league
  • DJ Augustin scored a team-high 15 points, but tainted his performance with 5 turnovers
  • Oriene Green was the surprise of the night in this game – 10 points in a little more than 14 minutes

Hornets:

  • Bobby Brown scored a game-high 20 points, grabbed 5 boards and dished out 5 assists – probably yesterday’s MVP
  • Julian Wright was a defensive monster (5 steals, 4 def. rebounds, 2 blocks), but 6 turnovers – way too much for someone who doesn’t have the ball that much

Dallas Mavericks – Golden State Warriors

86 – 95

Mavericks:

  • James Singleton, remember the name – crashed the board for 8 rebounds (5 off, 3 def) and scored 17 points on 9 shot attempts in 25 minutes
  • Gerald Green looked a bit better than last time – 15 points and 2 3s – showed some range

Warriors:

  • If there was a Summer League All-Star Game or a Summer League Hall of Fame, Marco Belinelli would be the 1st voted into – he is killing it out there – they will retire his jersey some day – 25 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds and hardly any mistakes
  • CJ Watson surprised me (and his opponents) with his good D yesterday – 4 steals – but he has to work on his free throw shooting – 7/11 just isn’t good enough for a guard these days

Memphis Grizzlies – Los Angeles Lakers

76 – 85

Grizzlies:

  • Everybody will be speaking about O.J. Mayo again, because he scored 15 points (3/5 from downtown) – great range, has the ability and confidence to knock down shots from everywhere on the court – but (and this is a mayor but) 6 turnovers and not a single assist? Scoring is important, but if you can’t pass it, at least don’t turn it over

Lakers:

  • Coby Karl is one of those guys who can shine in the Summer League – a game-high 16 points (8 from the free throw line)

Detroit Pistons – Los Angeles Clippers

75 – 66

Pistons:

  • Arron Afflalo – 25 points, 4 rebounds – 8/10 from the field – great! Everybody in Detroit loves Stuckey and soon they will fall in love with Afflalo as well. Amazing what Joe Dumars can do with low draft picks. It took him a year longer to get it going, but I’m pretty confident that he will develop into a good player
  • Cheikh Samb really improved his game overall since last year, maybe we will see him on the court during NBA games in a few years
  • BTW: The Pistons took only one 3 and won the game – most summer league teams settle for 3s 10+ times, the Pistons keep the number way lower and they won both games with a big lead – coincidence?

Clippers:

  • DeAndrew Jordan was the only player to record a double-double yesterday – team-high 15 points and a game-high 10 rebounds

NBA Summer League – 07/11/2008

Posted in NBA, YouTube with tags , , , , on July 12, 2008 by dunkonu

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 😉
  • 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