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Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

Posted on: July 11, 2009 11:47 pm
Edited on: July 12, 2009 12:15 am
LAS VEGAS -- Joe Dumars sat inconspicuously in the stands Saturday at the COX Pavilion on the UNLV campus. I didn't see him smile, but inside, he must've been.

Day 2 of the Vegas Summer League brought another impressive performance from the Pistons' draft picks, Austin Daye and DaJuan Summers. The lanky Daye -- the first-round pick who is Channing Frye without the robotic post moves and Tayshaun Prince with more offensive skills -- had 19 points on 8-for-14 shooting with eight rebounds in a 91-87 victory over the Raptors. Summers, a second-round pick, had 19 points on 7-for-17 shooting with six rebounds.

The promising forwards give the Pistons some hope that their transition from the Chauncey Billups era into an era of the unknown might not be as rocky as some have predicted. The only thing not to like about Detroit's offseason -- which included free-agent signings Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva -- is Villanueva's annoying contest with Chris Bosh for Twitter followers. Other than that, the future looks bright.

Raptors first-round pick DeMar DeRozan had his second straight solid outing with 20 points (9-for-20 from the field) and four rebounds. The highlight of Vegas Summer League, so far, was a Celtics fan in an Eddie House jersey who inexplicably kept shouting a new nickname for Daye -- "All Daye!" -- every time the rookie did something positive. That made for a lot of shouting.

Some other notes and observations from Day 2:

* Even though they didn't guard each other much, it was a nice head-to-head battle between No. 4 overall pick Tyreke Evans and No. 7 pick Stephen Curry. Evans had 25 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists for the Kings, while Curry shook off a slow shooting start and finished with 29 points (10-for-11 from the foul line), six rebounds and three assists. Curry's driving layup with 13 seconds left in the two-minute overtime period put the Warriors ahead for good in a 98-95 victory. It was a little preview of what figure to be years of head-to-head battles between Evans and Curry.

"It's like a rivalry game, the Warriors and the Kings," Evans said. "We're definitely going to have more to come."

Anthony Randolph was dominant again with 24 points, 11 rebounds, and five blocks. Omri Casspi, the Kings' 23rd overall pick from Israel, showed signs of progress with 11 points, five rebounds -- and five turnovers.

* Christian Eyenga, the Cavs' surprise pick at No. 30, struggled in his debut -- 0-for-4 from the field with one point and three rebounds. That was the lone notable from the Lakers' 88-82 victory over the Cavs in the Finals game that wasn't.

* Chase Budinger, who slid all the way to 44th in the draft and was sent to the Rockets in a trade with Detroit, is lighting up the nightcap between the Rockets and Mavs as we speak -- 8-for-9 from the field for 18 points with about six minutes left in the fourth quarter. Yes, this Daryl Morey fellow appears to know what he's doing.

UPDATE: Budinger finished 9-for-10 from the field with 25 points. Mavs first-round pick Roddy Beaubois scored 34 on 12-for-21 shooting with eight assists and five rebounds as the Rockets beat Dallas 98-95.

Category: NBA

Since: Mar 23, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2009 8:06 pm

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

actually Detroit made the pick for the Rockets. They had an agreement before the pick was made.

Since: Mar 28, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2009 2:21 pm

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

Roddy's in there, Goalthings SD ...

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2009 12:46 pm

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

At this point Beaubois will be on roster as third pg, unless Mavs get another pg (which seems likely), the summer league games do mean something if you take it into context who they are playing, the games can get really sloppy, last nights Houston/ Dallas game was pretty smooth and without a bunch of trn overs, Beoubois is already known to be athletic and have a plus jump shot, he showed that he has range which is important. He and Nivins both have a chance to make Mavs roster

Since: May 19, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2009 12:25 pm

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

I agree. Summers is probably the steal of the draft.  Good defender, NBA body, tough as nails, and can play inside and outside. One rookie to keep an eye on!

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2009 12:17 pm

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

Bottom line Dejuan summers in the 2nd round is a steal

Since: Dec 15, 2008
Posted on: July 12, 2009 12:16 pm

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

Dont mean to nitpick but the Pistons drafted Chase Buddinger the Rockets traded for him

Since: Feb 16, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2009 12:14 pm

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

People really do not realize how meaningless summer games are.  Remember last year everybody made a big deal abou Michael Beasley scoring 29 points in his first game?  The next game he went out and dropped seven.  If people, or even coaches looked at summer games for anything then Jerryd Bayless would have been getting a lot of minutes with the blazers after averaging 29.2 ppg in the summer league.  But if you followed the blazers this season, you would have noticed that he did not play at all.  So even though Tyreke Evans had a great game, as well as Stephen Curry.  It means <em>nothing</em
>.  Same with Roddy Beaubois, there is no way that guy is going to make the Mavs' roster no matter how well he plays.  Thanks Berger for updating us on how some of these kids are playing, but poeple do not be fooled thinking that now that Dujuan Summers had 19 points in a summer game, that everybody was an idiot for not picking him up sooner. 

Since: Feb 19, 2007
Posted on: July 12, 2009 3:26 am

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

I'm really glad that the Rockets drafted Chase Budinger.

Now what I'm hoping for is that he plays better than Steve Novak.  He didn't turn out so well.

Since: Jul 5, 2009
Posted on: July 12, 2009 1:38 am

Summer League Buzz (UPDATE)

No meantion about Mavs first round draft pick pg Rodrigue Beaubois? 12-21 from field, 7-12 from 3, made his 3 free throws, 5 rebounds, and 8 assists. He is going to be a work in progress on defensive end and bball instincts need to improve but when they do he is gonna really make a name for himself. He has all the tools other than those 2.

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