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2010 NBA Las Vegas Summer League Recap: Day 4

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Game 1

New York Knicks 71 def. Los Angeles Lakers 63

Andy Rautins – NY: Had another tough day from the field, finishing with only one basket on 16 percent shooting. In addition to his one basket, he only managed one assist and one rebound in 25 minutes of play. This poor shooting performance is not what we expect out of the Syracuse Orangeman.

 

Landry Fields – NY: A day to remember for Fields, as he went shot 7-11 from the field to finish with a game high 17 points. He also added five rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in 23 minutes.

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Devin Ebanks – LAL: After two great back-to-back performances, Ebanks played the most minutes of anyone in this game but it didn’t matter, as his shot never fell. Ebanks struggled the entire game, ending with seven points on 2-13 shooting.

 

Derrick Caracter – LAL: Yet another double-double for Caracter. He has been a beast throughout summer league, adding another solid performance. Caracter finished the game with 16 points, and 10 rebounds. The major concern is his foul trouble (8) and turnovers (8). If he can get those numbers under control, he could be a great addition to any NBA team.

Game 2

Sacramento Kings 97 def. Detroit Pistons 68

Hassan Whiteside – SAC: After slipping in the draft, Whiteside has a lot to prove and he had a decent performance in his first summer league game. Never known as an offensive threat, Whiteside finished with five points, five rebounds, and five blocks. He continued his great defense that made him famous in college.

DeMarcus Cousins – SAC: The No. 5 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft had a great debut. Hit a couple jump shots in addition to looking physically dominant in the post. Took a couple of knocks, but was able to keep his cool, something everyone will follow closely this first year. Cousins finished with a double-double, collecting 14 points and 10 rebounds as he helped lead the Kings to a resounding win. He also shot the ball well from the line, going 4-5.

Ryan Thompson – SAC: Finished the game with 12 points, one rebound, and one assist. Thompson shot the ball well, making 4 of his 5 shots. He also got to the line five times, making four of them.

Donald Sloan – SAC: Didn’t play well, only making one shot, but finishing with six points. Hit four of six from the charity stripe.

 

Tyrese Rice – SAC: The fifth player to have double-digit points. Finished the game with 15 points, one rebound, and one assist.

 

Wayne Chism – SAC: Managed to play 18 minutes and chip in with four points and five rebounds.

Sylven Landesberg – SAC: Made the most of his time on the court, only playing four minutes but making three of his four shots to finish with six points.

 

Devan Downey – SAC: Was only able to take one shot attempt in his four minutes of play. Added one rebound and two assists in clean-up time.

Greg Monroe – DET: Nothing spectacular to speak of with Monroe. He only made three of his seven attempts to finish with seven points and seven rebounds. Struggled with fouls, adding seven, and also turned the ball over four times.

Terrico White – DET: Finished the game with ok numbers. Added nine points and two rebounds. However, White once again struggled to setup teammates, only having two assists on the day.

Mac Koshwal - DET: Minus the fouls (7), Koshwal played a decent game. He added 10 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Kings had too many players making baskets.

Edgar Sosa – DET: In 18 minutes you might expect more out of Sosa, but he wasn’t shooting the ball well (2-6).  Ended the game with just six points, one rebound, and two assists.

Elijah Millsap – DET: Struggled with his shot in this one, only making two of his nine attempts. He managed to finish the game with seven points and five rebounds on an inefficient day overall.

Game 3

San Antonio Spurs 85 def. Minnesota Timberwolves 61

Wesley Johnson – MIN: Incredibly athletic and versatile wing out of Syracuse looked impressive in this game before leaving with a sore hamstring. Had a highlight reel alley-oop finish that had the small crowd gasping. Otherwise wasn’t looking to dominate the ball and let the game come to him for the most part. When it did though, Johnson was making some great finishes. Scored 10 points on 4-7 shooting.

Lazar Hayward – MIN: The last pick of the first round put together an ok game in his Timberwolves debut. Looked comfortable shooting the mid range jump shot as well as the 3 ball. Ended up with 13 points on 4-10 shooting.

Game 4

Dallas Mavericks 73 def. Milwaukee Bucks 72

Dominique Jones – DAL: Really struggled in this one as his tendency to force the action on the offensive end resulted in his poor shooting day (3-12). It also led to 3 turnovers, although that looks pretty mild compared to the amount of turnovers going on in the summer league. Really active and athletic player who contributes in other ways when his shot isn’t falling though. 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Omar Samhan – DAL: Although he struggled today, I like his offensive game. Solid mid range shooter with good footwork inside. Also had 5 offensive rebounds, showing an ability to keep possessions alive. With the Mavericks likely losing the Al Jefferson battle with Utah, Samhan could find himself a place on this team.

Jeremy Lin – DAL: Coming out of Harvard and his scrappy play style really makes this guy an under dog and fan favorite. Didn’t put together an overly impressive stat line, but the kid can play and has been getting after it all week.

Larry Sanders - MIL: Sanders had a tough day offensively, going 4-15 from the field with 6 turnovers. The big man out of VCU is not quite a finished product and will have to develop some more consistent ways of scoring in the post. A positive was his activity on the defensive end, grabbing 7 rebounds and blocking 3 shots.

Tiny Gallon – MIL: The big guy only played 6 and a half minutes in this one so didn’t get a great look. 5 points, 3 rebounds.

Game 5

Phoenix Suns 96 def. NBA D-League Select 88

Gani Lawal – PHX: Another solid performance for the other big man out of Georgia Tech, scoring 15 points with 11 rebounds. Scores mostly on easy buckets in transition or dishes in the lane. Put together an unwanted triple-double with collecting 10 fouls, but his being active on the defensive end is probably a good sign especially if he’s coming off the bench.

Matt Janning – PHX: The little known player out of Northeastern is back! Dropped 16 points and 7 rebounds. Athletic kid who can shoot and also get to the basket and dunk it if he wants to. Been one of my favorite players who is off most people’s radars since the games started in Orlando.

Scottie Reynolds – PHX: The former college All-American had an impressive game in only 18 minutes. 16 points on 4-6 shooting with 3 assists. Also was perfect from the line and from downtown.

Dwayne Collins - PHX: DNP

Game 6

Washington Wizards 89 def. Los Angeles Clippers 64

John Wall – WAS: Took a big fall in this one that had everyone worried, but he eventually got up and put together another impressive performance. Still could improve his shooting at 5 for 12 and was again turnover prone with 8, but otherwise Wall’s stat line looked great with a double double of 18 points and 10 assists. Just need to watch this guy for a few minutes and can tell he is a special player. Active on the defensive end as well with 5 steals.

Trevor Booker – WAS: Really athletic and fast for a physically bigger guy. Had a steal and ended up finishing on a fast break. Makes up for being undersized with this athleticism and high motor. Booker has shown promise of being a reliable, high energy second unit type of guy.

Al-Farouq Aminu – LAC: Looked kind of hesitant for most of the game, but still showed flashes of his incredible potential. Gathered confidence and near the end of the game attacked the basket and threw down an athletic, powerful dunk in between the Washington defense. He’s been working on his jump shot all summer to this point, but that will still need some work it seems, especially if he wants to be the starting SF for the Clippers this year.

Eric Bledsoe – LAC: Had a couple highlight plays early on, but this was otherwise a game to forget for John Wall’s former teammate. Bledsoe went 6-15 from the field and had 10 turnovers. Clearly trying to impress, he looked to be forcing the action, often times getting in the lane without knowing what he was going to do with it or who to kick it to.

Willie Warren – LAC: Has a really slow trigger on his jump shot, which will get him blocked unless he’s open, but he was for the most part and ended up shooting ok in this one. Everyone knows Warren has talent, especially when he’s got other players around him to help take off some of the pressure. 10 points on 4-7 shooting.

Game 7

Memphis Grizzlies 89 def. Atlanta Hawks 85

Xavier Henry – MEM: Not with team

Greivis Vasquez – MEM: Put together a so-so stat line in relatively limited minutes. 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, but also 4 turnovers. Vasquez has a guaranteed contract, but it’s also difficult to see where any minutes are going to come from for him this year.

Jordan Crawford – ATL: The athletic, talented guard out of Xavier didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (although was 4-9 from 3), but was still incredibly active and looked confident with the ball in his hand. 16 points, 5 assists, 3 steals, no turnovers.

Pape Sy – ATL: Only played 11 minutes in this one, but looked to be active on the offensive end while he was in there. Went to the line 5 times converting on 4 of them. 6 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists.