Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Semi-finals NBA Las Vegas Summer League report

Babb looks like Mario Van Peebles
Chris Babb was the most efficient player on a winning team during the semi-finals of the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Sunday in "Sin City". Babb came off the bench for Phoenix to score nine points, grab four rebounds, and dish four assists in just 18 minutes. The Suns advanced to the championship game with a 91-89 victory over Miami. Markieff Morris scored the go-ahead basket for Phoenix with 21.8 seconds left in the fourth quarter. ...The Suns will face the Warriors for the summer league title. Golden State defeated Charlotte 75-67, behind Cameron Jones' 16 points in 24 minutes. 

Our All NBA Las Vegas Summer League Team for day ten (Sunday July 21, 2013) ...Guards: Babb, D.J. Kennedy, James Ennis, C. Jones, Brandon Triche, Jerome Dyson, Dionte Christmas. Forwards: James Nunnally, P.J. Tucker, Marcus Morris, Draymond Green, and Lance Goulbourne. 

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Marcus Morris stars in NBA Las Vegas Summer League Quarterfinals

Marcus Morris was Saturday star
Marcus Morris posted one of the highest efficiency ratings to date in the 2013 NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Saturday, in the Phoenix Suns 103-98 win over Toronto. Morris scored 23 points (8-11 FG), snared six rebounds, and dished three assists in 19 minutes! The 6'9" small forward from Kansas who was recently traded from Houston to Phoenix plays with composure and skill. Earlier in the week, Morris hit a game winning jump shot at the buzzer to keep Phoenix perfect in summer league play. 

Jarvis Varnado scored 13 points, and grabbed 12 rebounds in Miami's 82-76 win over Cleveland. ...Abdul Gaddy was extremely efficient in Charlotte's 85-75 victory over the D League Select team. Gaddy scored 17 points (6-7 FG) in 21 minutes. ...Cameron Jones had 18 points (6-11 FG), with four steals to help Golden State remain unbeaten. The Warriors beat the Lakers 83-77. 

Our All NBA Las Vegas Summer League team for the quarterfinals (Saturday, July 20th, 2013)... Point guards: Gaddy, Lester Hudson. Shooting guards: Archie Goodwin, C. Jones, Cory Higgins, Elijah Millsap. Small forwards: Marcus Morris, James Nunnally. Power forwards: Quincy Acy, Darnell Jackson. Centers: Markieff Morris, Varnado. 

Terrence Jennings looks NBA ready. Day eight, NBA Las Vegas Summer League

For the second time in eight days of play at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, Terrence Jennings was the most efficient player on a winning team. Jennings, a 6'10", 230 lb. athletic, shot blocking, power forward, played college ball at Louisville and has yet to crack an NBA roster. The 24 year-old helped lead the New York Knicks summer entry to a 91-80 win over the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. In just 19 minutes, Jennings scored 14 points, grabbed nine rebounds, and had two steals. Jennings played in Belgium in 2011-12, and he was in the D-League in 2012-13. 

Jennings looks like an NBA ready BIG

Erik Murphy quieted critics with 19 points, 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots in the Bulls 94-87 victory over the Mavericks. ...Hollis Thompson scored 21 points (8-12 FG), grabbed four boards, and blocked two shots in the Spurs 90-80 triumph over the Bucks. ...Lorenzo Brown was super efficient in Minnesota's 72-66 win over Portland. Brown had 13 points, eight rebounds, four assists, and two steals in 24 minutes. ...David Lighty came off the Sacramento bench to score 18 points in 20 minutes. Lighty only missed one field goal attempt, going 8 for 9 as the Kings won their first summer league game of 2013. The final was Sacramento 93, Atlanta 87. ...Memphis beat Denver 91-84. Matt Howard had 12 points and 12 rebounds for the Grizzlies. ...Washington beat New Orleans 78-77. 

The BasslineSpin All NBA Las Vegas Summer League team for day eight (July 19, 2013)... Point guards: L. Brown, Nate Wolters. Shooting guards: Andrew Goudelock, Lighty. Small forwards: H. Thompson, C.J. Leslie. Power forwards: T. Jennings, Murphy, Samardo Samuels, M. Howard. Centers: Jeremy Tyler, Dwayne Dedmon. 

Day Seven - NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Markieff Morris shines

Markieff is chief
Markieff Morris was the most efficient player on a winning team during play Thursday (July 18, 2013) at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League. Morris went crazy with 15 points, ten rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a blocked shot in just 23 minutes of play. His Phoenix Suns summer squad beat Portland 92-84. Morris played center, and did his damage against legitimate NBA size in the form of Meyers Leonard. 

Jerome Dyson was excellent in the Charlotte Bobcats 92-84 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies. Dyson scored 21 points (7-7 FG), with nine assists. ...Jonas Valanciunas continued his run of outstanding performances with 15 points, 12 rebounds, and two blocked shots in Toronto's 95-78 win over Denver. ...Robert Sacre posted 16 points and eight boards in the Lakers 72-68 triumph over Milwaukee. ...Brian Butch starred for the D League Select team, keeping them undefeated at 4-0 with an 18 point, eleven rebound effort. The DLS beat Minnesota 83-75. ...Golden State beat Dallas 79-76. The Warriors are also a perfect 4-0 in summer league action. ...Miami handled Chicago 68-62. ...Cleveland beat San Antonio 72-66. 

The BasslineSpin All NBA Las Vegas Summer League Team for day seven: Point guards: Dyson, Justin Dentmon. Shooting guards: Vander Blue, Ron Howard. Small forwards: P.J. Tucker, Patrick Ewing Jr. Power forwards: Mk. Morris, John Henson. Centers: Valanciunas, Meyers Leonard, Sacre, Butch. 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nunnally noticeable. Day six NBA Las Vegas Summer League report.

Nunnally is making NBA teams notice
James Nunnally scored 18 points in 20 minutes with four made three-point shots to earn the nod as the most efficient player on a winning team during play Wednesday in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.  Nunnally's Miami Heat clobbered the New York Knicks summer entry 113-66.  Nunnally, who played for the Bakersfield Jam of the D-League in 2012-13, is a 6'7" small forward with deep shooting skill. He shot 40.6% from beyond the arc in the D-League, and he has continued to wow scouts with his consistent scoring ability. 

Quincy Miller showed his best form in Summer League play to date with a 17 point (6-10 FG, 5-5 FT), five rebound effort in Denver’s 87-82 victory over New Orleans.  …Josh Akognon continued his outstanding efficiency in Dallas’ 95-89 triumph over the Clippers. Akognon scored 24 points and shot the ball like a all-star. He was 6-9 FG, 8-8 FT, and 4-7 3-pt FG. …Demetri McCamey came off the bench to lead Minnesota’s complete domination over Sacramento. The final score was an ugly 92-54. McCamey had 15 points (6-9 FG), with three made three pointers. …Memphis beat Washington 90-83. Portland used overtime and another solid game from Thomas Robinson (13 points, 17 rebounds, two blocked shots) to beat Atlanta 70-69.

Our All NBA Las Vegas Summer League Team for day six (July 17, 2013)… Point guards: Jerome Randle, McCamey. Shooting guards: Akognon, Travis Leslie. Small forwards: Nunnally, Q Miller, Jordan Hamilton, Eric Griffin. Power forwards: Jackie Carmichael, JaMychal Green. Centers: Jack Cooley, Jeremy Tyler. 

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Vesely breaks through as a Center. Day five NBA Las Vegas Summer League report.

Vesely as a Center makes some sense
Jan Vesely had a breakout performance playing the center position for the Washington Wizards Tuesday during play in the 2013 NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Still filling out his frame (age 23), Vesely is now 6'11", 240, and he used his combination of size and terrific athleticism to score 18 points (9-11 FG) in 22 minutes in the Wizards drubbing of Denver 97-69. Vesely was the most efficient player on a winning team during day five action on the UNLV campus. 

John Holland scored 12 points (5-9 FG), grabbed five boards, and dished three assists in 19 minutes for Minnesota. The summer Timberwolves took care of Miami 80-71. ...Toronto kept Sacramento without a win (0-3) by defeating the Kings 81-70. Jonas Valanciunas continued his fine summer league play with 18 points (6-12 FG, 8-8 FT) and 8 rebounds. ...Kent Bazemore led the Warriors to a 84-72 victory over the Bucks. Bazemore had 11 points, seven rebounds, and three assists in just 23 minutes. ...Chicago needed overtime to beat Portland 80-78. In the loss, Thomas Robinson had 12 points and 18 rebounds. ...Phoenix remained unbeaten (3-0) with a 100-88 triumph over Memphis. P.J. Tucker scored 18 points (7-10 FG, 4-4 FT), and snatched five rebounds for the Suns. ...And finally, the D-League Select Team stayed perfect at 3-0, with a 82-75 win over Dallas. Kyle Weaver came off the bench to provide 15 points (4-8 FG, 6-7 FT), and four rebounds for the D Leaguers. 

Our All NBA Las Vegas Summer League Team for day five (July 16, 2013)... Point guards: Weaver, Bazemore. Shooting guards: Holland, Archie Goodwin, Josh Akognon. Small forwards: Tucker, Chris Singleton. Power forwards: Arinze Onuaku, Chris Wright (Dayton), T. Robinson. Centers: Vesely, Valanciunas. 

Goudelock schools. Monday recap of NBA Las Vegas Summer League

Goudelock = instant offense
Andrew Goudelock was the most efficient player on a winning team during Monday's NBA Las Vegas Summer League play. The Bulls shooting guard scored 31 points (10-13 FG) with five made three point shots in 29 minutes. The Bulls beat the undersized Nuggets summer entry 93-81. Malcolm Thomas took advantage of the ridiculously positioned Nuggets (playing Quincy Miller at PF, and Kyle Barone at Center) by grabbing 22 rebounds!

The Phoenix Suns rallied from 24 points down to beat Minnesota 91-89 on a Marcus Morris 19 foot jumper at the buzzer. Marcus' twin brother, Markieff was the star of the contest with 22 points (7-9 FG), and six rebounds. ...The Spurs beat the Hawks 96-87 behind the outstanding play of Aron Baynes.  The Australian BIG man had 19 points, 15 rebounds, and two blocked shots. ...Golden State kept Sacramento's summer entry win less with an easy 80-66 victory. ...Lester Hudson scored 13 points, snared nine rebounds and dished four assists in the Lakers 77-65 triumph over the Clippers. ...New Orleans beat Cleveland 66-62, and Charlotte whipped New York 84-71. 

Our All NBA Las Vegas Summer League Team for day four (July 15, 2013)... Point guards: Hudson, Ray McCallum, Kendall Marshall. Shooting guards: Goudelock, Nando De Colo. Small forwards: Robbie Hummel, Patrick Ewing Jr. Power forwards: Luke Harangody, Mike Scott, Malcolm Thomas. Centers: MK. Morris, and Baynes. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Las Vegas NBA Summer League Day Three

Jennings is an active BIG
The third day of the NBA Las Vegas Summer League saw Terrence Jennings (Louisville) emerge as the most efficient player on a winning team. Jennings had 16 points, eight rebounds, three steals, and two blocked shots in the summer Knicks 82-69 win over the Wizards. Jennings, a 24 year-old power forward from Sacramento, CA, played previously in Belgium and in the D-League. 

Cody Zeller rebounded from a pedestrian game one to score 21 points and grab 13 rebounds in his second Las Vegas outing. His Charlotte summer team beat Dallas 86-80. ...The Lakers summer team is much better than last year's win-less presentation. Lester Hudson led the Lakers to a decisive 81-63 triumph over Portland. Hudson had 15 points (5-8 FG), and five rebounds in 23 minutes of play. ...The NBA D League Select Team improved to 2-0 in summer action with a 83-77 win over the Clippers. Elijah Millsap was the star with 21 points, seven rebounds, and three assists. Millsap went to the free throw line 20 times, and made 15. ...Jonas Valanciunas continued his good play in the Raptors 82-76 victory over the Spurs. Valanciunas scored 19 points and snared 13 rebounds. ...Atlanta beat Miami 75-71, moving both teams to 1-1 through two games. ...Milwaukee improved to 2-0 with a 69-61 victory over New Orleans. ...Cleveland remained perfect at 2-0 by beating Memphis 69-58. 

Our day three (Sunday, July 14, 2103) All Las Vegas NBA Summer League Team: Point guards: Hudson, Brian Roberts. Shooting guards: Justin Dentmon, Millsap, Stefhon Hannah. Small forwards: DeShaun Thomas, Terrence Ross. Power forwards: Jennings, C Zeller, Darnell Jackson. Centers: Jack Cooley, Valanciunas.

Las Vegas NBA Summer League Day Two

John Henson was the most efficient player on a winning team during the second day of play in the 2013 NBA Las Vegas Summer League. The Milwaukee Bucks forward had 19 points (7-10 FG), 13 rebounds, and three blocked shots in the Bucks 88-74 win over the summer Nuggets. Henson is a second year player from North Carolina - noted for his length and ability to disrupt defensively. 

Michael Dunigan scored ten points, grabbed seven boards, and blocked two shots in just 19 minutes of play to help Miami record an 81-74 win over the Raptors. ...Andrew Goudelock scored 26 points (9-15 FG) in Chicago's 81-67 victory over Memphis. ...Stefhon Hannah was the star of the D League Select Team's 83-81 "upset" win over Minnesota. Hannah, 28 years-old, who played his college ball at Missouri and was with the Santa Cruz Warriors of the D League, busted 23 points on 8 of 11 field goal shooting.  ...The summer Warriors won a defensive battle against the summer Wizards, 56-52.  Kent Bazemore, a defensive specialist, again proved he could remain efficient while locking up his opponent. Bazemore scored 21 points, with five rebounds, three assists, two steals, and a blocked shot. ...Marcus Morris scored 14 points, and grabbed five rebounds in the Suns 82-69 triumph over the Blazers. ...Dallas came from behind to beat Sacramento 76-73. 

Our All Las Vegas NBA Summer League Team for day two (July 13, 2013): Point guards: Bazemore, D.J. Kennedy. Shooting guards: Goudelock, Hannah. Small forwards: C.J. Aiken, Marcus Morris. Power forwards: Henson, Dunigan, Matt Howard, Drew Gordon. Centers: Jonas Valanciunas, Jarvis Varnado. 

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Las Vegas Day One - Summers Time

Summers was hot and efficient Friday. 
Las Vegas, NV. ...DaJuan Summers led the Clippers NBA Summer League entry to a win over the summer Hawks, 90-83, Friday in the opening day of play in Las Vegas. Summers, a 6'8" small forward from Georgetown, earned the nod as our most efficient player who played on a winning team. Summers scored 15 points (6-11 FG, 3-5 3-pt.) and grabbed five rebounds in just 20 minutes of play. 

Austin Rivers scored 24 points (8-15 FG) with seven assists and six rebounds in the Pelicans 77-72 win over the Knicks. ...Carrick Felix was the standout performer in the Cavs 70-62 victory over the Lakers. Felix, a thin framed shooting guard from Arizona State had 14 points (5-9 FG), six rebounds and two blocked shots in 25 minutes. ...Jeff Taylor scored 24 points in a losing effort for Charlotte's summer entry. They fell to the Spurs 69-68. 

Our All-Vegas Summer League Team for day one... Point guards: Shelvin Mack, Austin Rivers, Matthew Dellavadova. Shooting guards: Felix, John Jenkins, Michael Snaer. Small forwards: Summers, Marcus Landry. Power forwards: Samardo Samuels, Tyler Zeller. Centers: Eloy Vargas, Jeremy Tyler. 

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Day Four - Orlando NBA Summer League

Jeremy Evans is ready for minutes.
The fourth day of the NBA Orlando Summer League included a three game slate. Our Most Outstanding Player for the day was involved in the opening contest, a blowout win for his Jazz over the summer version of the Brooklyn Nets. Jeremy Evans, the Utah forward, and former NBA Slam Dunk Champion, scored 15 points (6-9 FG), grabbed nine rebounds and dished three assists in 24 minutes. Evans showcased his quick-leaping ability in the Jazz' 98-69 win.

Our All-Orlando NBA Summer league Team for day four... Point guards: Chris Wright (Georgetown), Tony Taylor. Shooting guards: Jeremy Lamb, Chris Roberts. Small forwards: Tim Abromaitis, Robert Covington, Rodney Williams. Power forwards: Evans, James Mays, Terrence Jones. Centers: Kelly Olynyk, Steven Adams. 

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Day Three - NBA Orlando Summer League

Mr. July
Reggie Jackson stole the show Tuesday in the NBA Orlando Summer League. Jackson hit for a Orlando Summer League record 35 points, at one juncture in the game, scoring 18 straight for the summer Thunder. Jackson made 12 of 19 field goal attempts, and nailed nine of his eleven free throws. He scored his 35 points in only 29 minutes of play, leading the Thunder to a 79-75 win over the Detroit Pistons summer entry. 

Our Day Three All-Orlando Summer League Team... Point guards: R. Jackson, Dwight Buycks, Cedric Jackson, Phil Pressey. Shooting guards: Victor Oladipo, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Small forwards: James Ennis, Solomon Hill. Power forwards: Kelly Olynyk, Jeremy Evans. Centers: Greg Smith, Jarvis Varnado. 

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Day Two, 2013 NBA Summer League - Orlando

Olynyk = efficient. 
Kelly Olynyk continued his terrific play through the second day of competition in the the 2013 NBA Orlando Summer League. Olynyk, from Gonzaga, a first round draft pick playing for the Boston Celtics summer team, was highly efficient  He finished with 13 points, six rebounds, five steals, and three assists in 21 minutes. His summer Celtics blew out Detroit's entry 93-63. 

Our All-Summer League Team for day two in Orlando: point guards: TyShawn Taylor - Brooklyn, Dwight Buycks - OKC. Shooting guards: Scotty Hopson - Miami, Khalif Wyatt - Philly, Darius Johnson Odom - Boston. Small Forwards: Solomon Hill - Indiana, James Ennis - Miami, Andre Roberson - OKC. Power forwards: Olynyk, Arsalan Kazemi - Philly. Centers: Miles Plumlee - Indiana, Mason Plumlee - Brooklyn. 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Day One Orlando Summer League Report

The opening day of the Orlando NBA Summer League was filled with highlight plays and competitive action. The new point system that makes each quarter of play, a game within the game, seemed to elevate the energy - especially in the late stages of the five contests on the day. 

Romero Osby hustles. 
Our Most Outstanding Player of Day One was Romero Osby who helped Orlando to a ten point win over Boston. Osby is a forward that looked comfortable on the floor as a "three", playing alongside Andrew Nicholson, and Kyle O'Quinn. Osby made hustle plays, took charges, had offensive rebound tip-ins in traffic, and showed the versatility to lead a fast break and drop a sweet ally oop assist at speed. He finished with 18 points (7-8 FG, 4-5 FT), and five rebounds in 24 minutes off the bench. Osby was selected 51st by the Magic in the 2013 NBA Draft. 

Our Day One All Orlando Summer League Team: point guards: Dwight Buycks - OKC, Patrick Beverley - Houston. Shooting Guards: Dionte Christmas - Utah, Victor Oladipo - Orlando. Small Forwards: Osby - Orlando  Tony Mitchell (Alabama, Boston). Power Forwards: Kelly Olynyk - Boston, Terrence Jones - Houston, Grant Jerrett - OKC. Centers: Miles Plumlee - Indiana, Andre Drummond - Detroit, Mason Plumlee - Brooklyn.