Sunday, July 10, 2016

Day 2, Vegas. Stokes remains efficient

Stokes just balls.
Jarnell Stokes was the most efficient player on a wining team during play Saturday at the 2016 Las Vegas NBA Summer League. The bruising power forward scored ten points (4-7 FG, 2-2 FT) and grabbed nine rebounds in 17 minutes. His summer San Antonio Spurs team narrowly defeated the Golden State Warriors 63-61.  

Joining Stokes on the daily Hoop Obsession / BasslineSpin All-NBA Summer League Team...

Jakarr Sampson - Nuggets. 16 points (4-7 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 7-9 FT), 3 rebounds, in 16 minutes. ...Denver de-clawed the Grizzlies 106-62.

Petr Cornelie - Nuggets. 19 points (7-11 FG, 1-2 3-pt., 4-6 FT), 7 rebounds in 21 minutes. 

Jack Cooley - Bulls. 11 points (4-7 FG, 3-4 FT), 8 rebounds in 16 minutes. ...Chicago beat Boston 71-62.

Jonathan Gibson - Mavs. 30 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals in 30 minutes. ...Dallas cooled the Heat 83-64.

Jimmer Fredette - Nuggets. 26 points (9-18 FG, 4-8 3-pt., 4-4 FT), 3 assists, 2 steals, zero turnovers in 27 minutes. 

Tyler Ulis - Suns. 11 points (3-4 FG. 5-6 FT), 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 steals in 27 minutes. The Suns burned the Blazers 86-73.

Bobby Portis - Bulls. 17 points (7-12 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 13 rebounds in 30 minutes. 

Axel Toupane - Nuggets. 10 points (5-8 FG, 0-2 3-pt.), 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals in 26 minutes. 

Dionte Christmas - Jazz. 13 points (3-6 FG, 1-3 3-pt., 6-7 FT) in 17 minutes. ...Utah lost to Washington 88-73. 

Guerschon Yabusele - Celtics. 10 points (3-7 FG, 2-6 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 steals in 22 minutes. 

Devin Booker - Suns. 28 points (11-21 FG, 3-5 3-pt., 3-7 FT), 8 rebounds, 6 assists in 36 minutes. 

NOTES - ...Never before can I remember so many players having terrible days during Summer League play. No less than a dozen guys had per-minute efficiency ratings at or below "zero" (that is extra terrible.) The 12 that stunk it up included three lottery picks from the 2016 NBA Draft, offering further proof of how far away some of these prospects can be from actually helping a team at this level. In alphabetical order, the players with horrid efficiency Saturday: Jaylen Brown, Michael Carrera, Marquese Chriss, Randy Culpepper, Bryn Forbes, Quincy Ford, Brandon Ingram, Kenny Gabriel, Malcolm Miller, Jonathan Simmons, Rasheed Sulaimon, and James Young. ...For one night, the Showtime Lakers were back. In an instant classic game, the Los Angeles Lakers and Philadelphia 76'ers battled through a poor first half to completely enthrall fans in the thrid and fourth quarter. The Lakers' Larry Nance Jr. had several highlight dunks, and teammate D'Angelo Russell hit two clutch shots, including a buzzer-beating jumper that gave the Lakers the 70-69 W. For the Sixers, Ben Simmons, the 2016 NBA Draft number-one pick dazzled with his ability to pull of passes with a high degree of difficulty. ...Players who played very well but just missed the cut for our daily 'best of' list included: Daniel Ochefu, Alan Williams, and Michael Eric. 

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