Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Vegas Day 4. Russell excels as a scorer

Russell can score. 
He is not a point guard. That is the conclusion I continue to draw concerning Los Angeles Lakers second year pro D'Angelo Russell. Russell was the most efficient player on a winning team during play Monday at the 2016 NBA Las Vegas Summer League. Russell had only one assist and four turnovers but he did score 26 points (9-13 FG, 4-7 3-pt., 4-5 FT), and grab five rebounds in 24 minutes. The Lakers washed out the Warriors 78-65. 

Joining Russell on the Hoop Obsession / BasslineSpin.com daily All-Summer League Team...

Jameel Warney - Dallas. 14 points (5-7 FG, 4-4 FT), 8 rebounds, 3 steals in 21 minutes. ...The Mavs lost to the Toronto Raptors 80-69.

Jaron Johnson - D League Select. 17 points, 8 rebounds in 21 minutes. ...The D-League Select team humbled the Houston Rockets 89-71. 

Jarvis Varnado - Lakers. 6 points (2-4 FG, 2-2 FT), 10 rebounds, 3 blocked shots in 20 minutes. 

Raphiael Putney - Cleveland. 19 points (7-12 FG, 5-7 3-pt., 0-2 FT), 6 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 21 minutes. ...The Cavs easily beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 99-68.

Fred VanVleet - Toronto. 9 points (3-5 FG, 3-3 3-pt., 0-0 FT), 6 rebounds in 17 minutes. 

Juan Hernangomez - Denver. 14 points (6-7 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 2-4 FT), 12 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals in 34 minutes. ...The Nuggets lost to the Miami Heat 92-81. 

Reggie Hearn - D League Select. 15 points (5-8 FG, 3-6 3-pt., 2-2 FT), 3 rebounds, 2 steals in 21 minutes. 

D.J. Stephens - Memphis. 21 points (9-13 FG, 2-5 3-pt., 1-4 FT), 7 rebounds in 27 minutes. ...Memphis mauled Milwaukee 85-81. 

Vince Hunter - Memphis. 17 points (5-6 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 7-11 FT), 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 27 minutes. 

Joel Wright - D League Select. 19 points (6-10 FG, 0-1 3-pt., 7-11 FT) 7 rebounds, 2 blocked shots in 25 minutes. 

Briante Weber - Miami. 4 points (2-5 FG, 0-1 3-pt, 0-0 FT), 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 6 steals in 26 minutes. 

NOTES: The New Orleans Pelicans won their first game by defeating the Sacramento Kings 70-66. Georgios Papagiannis, the Kings lottery pick (13th overall), was one of six players during Monday's games that posted a per-minute efficiency rating of either "zero" or "minus" (that is especially terrible). The other five were Julyan Stone, Beau Beech, Chiinanu Onuaku, Vander Blue, and Toure Murry. ...Brooklyn beat Atlanta 82-75. The Nets improved to 2-0. 

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