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2010 NBA Vegas Summer League Recap: Day 1

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Game 1

Denver Nuggets 88 def. Dallas Mavericks 70

Laurence Ekperigin – DEN: He saw 11 minutes in his first summer league game, but didn’t seem too nervous. He only took two shots, but was exposed on the defensive end picking up 6 fouls in those limited minutes.

Dominique Jones – DAL: Prefers to do his damage in the paint as he loves to attack the basket and draw contact. Scored 19 points and went to the line 12 times. Looked like he was forcing it at times however and ended up with 5 turnovers.

Omar Samhan – DAL: In his 18 minutes he was active on the glass, pulling in 7 rebounds. Offensively he wasn’t relied on like he was at St. Mary’s, taking four shots and finishing with just four points.

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DeShawn Sims – DAL: Just got in town from the Orlando Summer League and was given limited minutes as a result. The jet lag probably didn’t help his shooting either as he went 0-3 in just 5 and a half minutes.

Jeremy Lin – DAL: A long shot to make the roster, but a player with international appeal. He is a point with good size who played very will in his 18 minutes for the Mavericks. He seemed focused more on his offense taking eight shots and scoring 12 points.

Eric Tramiel – DAL: A undersized small forward, Tramiel will have to make his present felt on the boards. In his 12 minutes he pulled down five rebounds.

Game 2

Houston Rockets 100 def. Phoenix Suns 82

Patrick Patterson – HOU: Really strong debut for the third player out of Kentucky. His face-up game was looking good, hitting his jump shots, including two 3 pointers. Ended shooting an impressive 8-9 from the floor for 18 points in just 20 minutes in the game.

Ishmael Smith – HOU: The lightning quick point guard out of Wake Forest had 5 assists with only one turnover in 21 minutes. Easily should have had even more assists with some guys missing open jump shots. Has a knack for getting into the lane and hitting the open guy. And of course, he’s deadly in transition.

Gani Lawal – PHX: Gets up and down the court nicely in transition for his size. Went to the free throw line 11 times, but struggled with only 6 conversions. Had 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots, but also 5 fouls and 3 turnovers in 26 minutes. Solid first showing, but clearly things to work on going forward.

Matt Janning – PHX: After just flying in from Orlando, his shot was off today, but I love the way this guy plays. Deceivingly athletic with a high basketball IQ. Had 10 points with 5 rebounds and 2 assists.

Game 3

Detroit Pistons 89 def. LA Lakers 84

Greg Monroe – DET: The big man was selected 7th and was suppose to be the most NBA ready player in the draft. He struggled mightily scoring just eight points (4 of 13 shooting). He also only hauled in three rebounds. Not a great showing from Monroe.

Terrico White – DET: White slipped into the second round of the draft, but showed his first round talent in his first summer league game. Playing 28 minutes he was assertive with 17 points (6 of 8 shooting). To be effective in the NBA he’ll need to distribute better, as he had just three assists.

Marquez Haynes – DET: A sharp shooter in college, Haynes showed restraint in his first game. He took just four shots scoring nine points. Defensively he struggled picking up six fouls in about 18 minutes.

AJ Slaughter - DET: Slaughter will be known for his defense if he makes the league. In only five minutes of play he contributed nothing that shows up in the box score, reaching Club Trill as Mark Titus would say.

Patrick Christopher – DET: Christopher played at Portsmouth, but like fellow Golden Bear Jerome Randle didn’t hear his name called on draft night. In his 10 minutes in Las Vegas he didn’t manage to score. His only contribution to the box score, two fouls.

Mac Koshwal - DET: A big body that went undrafted after his junior year at DePaul, Koshwal has an “NBA body.” In his 13 mintues he pulled down six rebounds, but also had six fouls. Obviously a work in progress, but a player that could see himself in the D-League and perhaps ultimately on 10-day contracts if he can put it together.

Devin Ebanks – LA: Probably the player most people had their eyes on tonight, besides Monroe, Ebanks didn’t disappoint. He played 33 minutes and scored 21 points, but was a nonfactor on the boards.

Derrick Caracter - LA: Definitely a player with an NBA skill set, he showed that he’s yet another steal for the Lakers. He dominated putting up 20 points and 10 rebounds. Unfortunately he also had nine fouls, so most of those points wouldn’t have happened in an NBA game.

Game 4

Golden State Warriors 77 def. New Orleans Hornets 76

Quincy Pondexter – NOH: Solid first outing in a Hornets jersey for the Rookie out of Washington. Played with patience for the most part, but was also able to make things happen by getting to the line 10 times. Also really active in other areas of the court, picking up 6 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and a block. We like this guy.

Craig Brackins – NOH: Even though his shooting percentage wasn’t stellar, the big guy looked smooth with his jump shot from range, hitting a 3 pointer and another one just inside the arc. We’ll see if that field goal percentage can tick up or if he has much of an NBA inside game this week.