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Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 10, 2009 11:00 pm
Edited on: July 11, 2009 12:00 am

LAS VEGAS -- Here's what happens when you come to Vegas and spend the entire day inside a basketball gym. You get news, notes, and observations from Day 1 of the Las Vegas Summer League on Friday:

* Game 1 was the Stephen Curry-Anthony Randolph Show. It wasn't all good, but some of it was. Curry had 16 points on 4-for-14 shooting with four turnovers and three assists, showing a knack for floor leadership and when to pass and when to look for his own shot. He also needed seven fouls -- there's no fouling out in summer league -- to defend D-League point guard Will Conroy in the Warriors' 73-69 loss to the Rockets. But it didn't take Curry long to recognize that he should be looking for Randolph, who hooked up with Curry on several dunks. Randolph had 20 points on 10-for-17 shooting with 10 rebounds. He also had nine fouls, leaving him one foul shy of a triple double.

* First-round picks Tyreke Evans and Austin Daye made their debuts in the second game, an 86-77 victory by the Pistons over the Kings. Evans was everything he was billed to be -- and everything he was billed not to be. He got to the basket at will, got to the free-throw line five times (shooting 7-for-10), and was able to beat smaller guards off the dribble and use his strength and size to keep them from beating him at the other end. Coach Paul Westphal said it's too early to quibble over Evans' two assists. "Let us put some offense in before we say he can’t do that," Westphal said. "He can get to the paint whenever he wants. He’s willing to make passes, and I like the way he attacks. ... There will be a lot of things we can do that will take advantage to what he does well. He can take it into the post a lot and make the defense adjust quite a bit when we get the spacing right on those kinds of things." Daye, the Pistons' 15th overall pick out of Gonzaga, had eight points, two rebounds, and two assists in 19 minutes. He was overshadowed by second-round pick DaJuan Summers, who had 24 points on 9-for-15 shooting with seven rebounds.

* There was an Adam Morrison sighting in Game 4 -- and he wasn't on the bench in jeans and a blazer, as he was throughout the NBA Finals. Morrison, the Bobcats' third overall pick in 2006, is starting over with the Lakers and actually played 33 fairly effective minutes -- 24 points on 9-for-17 shooting with five rebounds. The Raptors' first-round pick, DeMar DeRozan, had a solid debut with 10 points, including a couple of high-flying dunks. But DeRozan actually had his "welcome to the NBA" moment before he took the floor. He watched from afar over the last week or so as Toronto swooped in and stole free agent Hedo Turkoglu from the Blazers, then pulled off a four-team trade sending Shawn Marion to Dallas on Thursday. "It’s real exciting to be on a team that makes so much progress like that over a week’s span," DeRozan said. "You can just feel they want to get better every day." Oh, the Lakers beat the Raptors 85-84, somehow overcoming the fact that Smush Parker was on the floor for Toronto for 20 minutes and coughed up only two turnovers.

* It's halftime between the Mavs and Bucks, a game highlighted by Brandon Jennings' debut for Milwaukee. Nothing to write home to Italy about so far, as Jennings was 0-for-4 with two assists and one turnover in 13 minutes.

UPDATE: The Bucks beat the Mavericks 65-59, and it was an unimpressive debut for Jennings, who finished 3-for-12 with 10 points. In the final minute, a heckler -- there are hecklers at summer league? -- shouted, "Brandon, you're not even the best No. 3 on the court!" Jennings looked up and appeared to contemplate responding, but decided against it.

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Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: July 11, 2009 5:51 pm

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

Nivins will be steal of the draft, very similar to Brandon Bass, he dominated game 4

Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: July 11, 2009 12:05 am
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Since: Jun 4, 2008
Posted on: July 10, 2009 11:04 pm

Summer League Buzz

Berger, why arent Doyal and Freeman (dumb and dumber) following summer league as well?

It'd be nice to know whats going on in the O-Town league as well.

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