Wednesday, July 9, 2014

2014 NBA Summer League. KCP hits game winner to highlight day four.

KCP is cookin' in Orlando 
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is looking like a potential full-time starting shooting guard for the Detroit Pistons based on his impressive NBA Summer League performances. Tuesday, "KCP" hit the game winning shot in Detroit's 80-78 win over the Miami Heat. Caldwell-Pope was also the most efficient player on a winning team* (* 20 mins. minimum played) which earned him our Hoop Obsession MVP for the fourth day of summer action in Orlando, FL. KCP finished with 26 points and seven assists (only one turnover) in 24 minutes. He also showed toughness by playing on a "turned" ankle, suffered in the first half.  

Most efficient point guard on a winning team: Ian Miller, Detroit. ...Forced into extra duty after Peyton Siva tweaked a hamstring, Miller (Florida St.) responded by helping get his team to the winner's circle. He had 16 points (6-10 FG), four rebounds, and three assists in 23 minutes. 

Most efficient small forward on a winning team: K.J. McDaniels, Philadelphia. ...McDaniels is a hyper-athletic wing that makes the kind of transition chase-down blocks that ignite crowds, and teammates. He finished Tuesday with 15 points (4-8 FG, 5-6 FT), and five rebounds in 21 minutes. His 76er's squad beat down the hapless Houston summer team 92-71. 

Most efficient power forward on a winning team: Tony Mitchell, Detroit. ...The explosive forward scored eight points (4-5 FG), grabbed six rebounds, dished two assists, had two steals, and blocked two shots, doing a bit of everything in 30 minutes. Mitchell played center Tuesday. We see him as a PF. 

Most efficient center on a winning team: Nerlens Noel, Philadelphia. ...Noel was solid Tuesday after a big performance Saturday. Tuesday Noel scored eight points, had six rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in 24 minutes. He altered numerous shots by the Rockets players who dared get near the paint. 

Seven more stars: 

Dedmon blocks shots but also fouls often.
DeWayne Dedmon - Orlando ...The most efficient player on a losing team Tuesday was Dedmon. He scored 13 points (3-4 FG, 7-10 FT) with two blocked shots, and two steals in 20 minutes. He was hampered by foul trouble however and his Magic team lost to Memphis 80-73. 

DeAndre Liggins - Detroit. ...Consistently putting together good basketball games, Liggins has really opened our eyes to his potential as a glue guy at the wing. He rarely tries to do too much, and he has impressed us with his unselfishness and ability to create for his teammates. Liggins had 14 points (3-4 3-pt FG, 5-6 FT), three rebounds, and five assists (only one turnover) Tuesday. 

Jerami Grant - Philadelphia. ...Grant had his best summer outing to date with a productive 12 points and five rebounds in just 20 minutes. He made his lone three-point attempt. ...We don't think he has the skills yet to be a small forward in the NBA

Terrico White - Memphis. ...White used to try to do way too much. Now his game appears to have slowed down and become smarter. He was consistently in the right position Tuesday, hitting a couple three point shots on his way to ten points (4-6 FG) in 23 minutes. 

Casper Ware - Philadelphia. ...Ware posted 16 points, with four assists and two steals in Philly's win. 

Justin Hamilton - Miami. ...Hamilton scored eleven points (4-8 FG, 1-1 3-pt. FG, 2-2 FT) and had zero turnovers in 21 minutes at center. 

Jarnell Stokes - Memphis. ...The beast forward from Tennessee scored eleven points and grabbed 12 rebounds in the Memphis win.  

Notes: Kalin Lucas played very well for Memphis in their win. The former Michigan State point guard only played 19 minutes but he ran their show with precision. He had 14 points, four rebounds, three assists, and only one turnover. 



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