Summer League: Saturday Recap

Rather than look at the overall games from the Las Vegas Summer League action on Saturday, I figured I'd throw the spotlight and those players who are likely to make their NBA teams in 2013-14. It is true that Stefhon Hannah had 23 points for the D-League Select team, but the former Missouri guard is not likely to get more than a 10-day contract. So here is a quick spin through the players who were drafted two weeks ago (it seems like a lot longer than that).

Golden State Warriors 56 Washington Wizards 52
Otto Porter - The third overall pick struggled from the field in this defensive struggle (both teams combined to shoot 28.6 percent from the field). He was just 3-of-13 on field goals and finished with seven points. Porter did snatch six boards and played 29 minutes, but he missed both of his 3-point attempts and had a pair of shots blocked. One of the knocks on Porter was his relative lack of athleticism, so he will have to come up with some tricks to keep from getting his shots rejected.
Glen Rice Jr. - Like Porter, struggled from the field with just 3-of-12 from the field, but did manage to connect on two of his seven 3-point attempts. He finished with eight points and seven rebounds. Rice has nice size for a wing player and he should be able to provide bench depth for the Wizards. He is unlikely to make much of a fantasy impact in 2013-14 unless the Wizards are hit hard by injuries.

Dallas Mavericks 76 Sacramento Kings 73
Ben McLemore - The good news is that lack of aggression was not a problem for the former Jayhawk. McLemore hoisted up a game-high 23 shots, including 11 3-point attempts. The bad news (and there doesn't always have to be bad news) is that he only hit four field goals and one 3-pointer in finishing with 11 points. He also took a scary fall, but was not injured. McLemore's hops stand out in summer league play and some people think that his willingness to shoot (not always in evidence at Kansas) was a good sign. We'd like to see more of those shots go through the hoop, but that will likely come in time.
Ray McCallum - The second round pick from Detroit played 30 minutes next to McLemore in the starting backcourt and finished with 11 points (3-11 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 5-6 FT), eight rebounds, four assists, and three steals. At 6-3, McCallum has nice size for a point guard and he blocked a pair of shots. McCallum will likely back up Greivis Vasquez for Sacramento.
Ricky Ledo - Ledo is getting his first competitive action since high school and the 6-7 guard looked pretty good. In 22 minutes off the bench, he went 4-of-5 from the field and finished with nine points. He has excellent size for a wing, but it remains to be seen how much action he'll get for the Mavericks, especially after they signed Monta Ellis this week.

D-League Select 83 Minnesota Timberwolves 81
Shabazz Muhammad - The two Timberwolf first round picks come into the league with opposite reputations on offense. Muhammad is a gunner, while Dieng is mostly seen as a defensive/rebounding player. The former UCLA player finished with seven points on 3-of-7 from the field. He showed off some crafty offensive moves and could be a nice scorer off the Minnesota bench.
Gorgui Dieng - If you care about plus-minus, then it was not a good game for Dieng, who came out with a -22. However, he did contribute four points, four rebounds, and two blocked shots. With Nikola Pekovic likely headed back to Minnesota, Dieng will likely get only reserve scraps in terms of minutes. Pekovic did suffer injuries last season, so keep an eye on the former Louisville center.
Lorenzo Brown - Brown was the field general for the second unit that kept the game with the D-League Select close. He scored nine points and hit one 3-pointer to go along with two rebounds and two steals. Like Dieng, Brown will only get reserve minutes (at best) behind Ricky Rubio, although he has enough height (6-5) to maybe be a decent perimeter defender and get a few extra minutes that way.

Chicago Bulls 81 Memphis Grizzlies 67
Tony Snell - The former Lobo started for the Bulls and played 35 minutes, but only scored seven points (3-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt). He had to compete with Marquis Teague and Andrew Goudelock for offensive opportunities, and the second-year veterans combined for 28 shots and 38 points. Snell could be a nice 3-point gunner off the Bulls' bench, but the team is stocked with defensive-minded wings that will limit the rookie's playing time.
Erik Murphy - This is another good news/bad news situation. The good news is that the former Florida Gator hit double digits on the stat sheet. The bad news is that the category was fouls. The second round pick also hoisted six 3-pointers, but missed all of them. All in all, a pretty bad debut for Murphy, who - like Snell - could get some minutes off the Bulls in bench if he can make the team.
Janis Timma - Timma, the 60th overall pick, started and scored five points for the Grizzlies. The 6-7 Latvian was just 1-of-5 from downtown, but snatched five boards. The draft reports on Timma make it sound like he will head back to Europe for seasoning, but he is at least getting some playing time for the summer league team so that the Grizzlies can get a better look at their second round pick.
Jamaal Franklin - Franklin was not afforded that opportunity as he received the dreaded DNP-CD. The athletic shooting guard should still get some playing time in future games, but his minutes went to Timma, Donte Greene, Tony Wroten and Gerald Robinson.

Phoenix Suns 82 Portland Trailblazers 69
C.J. McCollum - With Alex Len remaining out while he recovers from a stress fracture, the rookie spotlight was on the tenth overall pick from Lehigh. McCollum had a very nice game with 22 points on 9-of-19 from the field to go along with three rebounds and four assists. The 6-4 guard was an excellent scorer in his four years as a Mountain Hawk, but it will be interesting to see what role he plays behind Damian Lillard and Wes Matthews for the Trailblazers. On a different team, he could be a Rookie of the Year candidate.
Allen Crabbe - The shooting guard from California only scored five points in 19 minutes off the Portland bench. He was just 2-of-7 from the field and missed his two 3-point attempts. The first pick of the second round should be able to play next to McCollum on the Blazers' improved second unit, but he will likely not get enough burn to be fantasy relevant.Archie Goodwin - Much like he did at Kentucky, Goodwin got the start for the Suns and showed off his skills by scoring 13 points. He hit a 3-pointer and grabbed three boards. There is little doubt that Goodwin has the athleticism to someday be a good professional player, but he is going to require patience and development from the Suns.
Alex Oriakhi - Oriakhi is a poor man's Dieng. He did not develop Dieng's offensive skills (as relatively limited as they are) while at Connecticut and Missouri, but he could be a space eater on defense. Once Len is healthy, Oriakhi could serve as his backup, but he is more likely destined for a third-string role (or a guy who bounces between the Suns and the D-League).

Milwaukee Bucks 88 Denver Nuggets 74
Erick Green - Only a pair of second round picks appeared in this game. Green, the nation's leading scorer as a Virginia Tech Hokie, had a off putting debut. The guard was just 2-of-12 from the field on his way to four points in 23 minutes. Green should continue to see plenty of shots during summer league, and he will have better days. However, his lack of ball handling skills for a point guard-sized player could be an issue going forward.
Nate Wolters - With Giannis Antetokounmpo still playing in Europe for the Greek team in the U-20 European championships, the rookie spotlight for Milwaukee is on the second round pick from South Dakota State. Wolters was the first guard off the bench (behind Dominique Jones and Ish Smith) and provided four points (2-8 FG) and three assists. The 6-4 guard has NBA-type size for a point guard, but will see backup minutes behind likely Brandon Jennings. He was a high-volume scorer in college, but it remains to be seen if that will translate to the pros.

Miami Heat 81 Toronto Raptors 72
James Ennis - The Raptors did not have a pick in the 2013 draft, so the only player of mention in this game was swingman Ennis. He started for the Heat, player 22 minutes, and contributed seven points and seven rebounds. The former Long Beach State 49 missed all three of his 3-point attempts and was just 3-of-9 from the field, but he may have provided enough in Orlando and now in Las Vegas to make the team as a reserve.


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