Summer League: Sunday Recap (Early Games)
- By: Perry Missner
- On: 7/14/2013 8:23:00 PM
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The Las Vegas Summer League is in full swing. Rather than gave you recaps from summer league games, I thought I would focus on Sunday's players who may actually play in 2013-14 for NBA teams.
D-League Select 81 Los Angeles Clippers 77
Reggie Bullock: I didn't write about Bullock yesterday because the Clippers didn't play, but the 6-7 wing has played fairly well at the start of summer league. The first round pick had 18 points in the opener and followed up with another 18 points, including three 3-pointers and 7-of-7 from the line. He may need to find some minutes at small forward since Jamal Crawford will take the bulk of the backup shooting guard minutes for the Clippers.
Maalik Wayns: With the Clippers signing Darren Collison, Wayns - who is under contract for 2013-14 - falls to the third string point guard for Los Angeles. The former Villanova Wildcat doled out four assists, but was charged with seven turnovers. He will only get significant playing time if injuries hit Chris Paul or Collison, so there isn't a big reason to pay attention to him.
New York Knicks 82 Washington Wizards 69
Tim Hardaway Jr.: Hardaway Jr. hurt his wrist in the first half of the game and only played 10 minutes. He scored nine points in his short minutes and the injury isn't expected to be a long term issue. He didn't show anything exceptional at Michigan, but he could provide bench support for the Knicks.
C.J. Leslie: The 6-9 forward also had nine points, but he played 22 minutes for the Knicks. The second round pick has a lot of intriguing in terms of size and athleticism, but he needs to concentrate on an area or two to make himself a bench asset for the Knicks, or wherever he ends up.
Chris Singleton: Despite heading into his third year, Singleton is still playing in summer league. The defensive ace from Florida State has not yet averaged better than 4.6 points in his two years and he only hit 19.4 percent of his 3-pointers last year. He will be fighting Otto Porter (who had eight points on 4-of-13 from the field) for minutes. Singleton had 12 points, including 8-of-8 from the line, but accrued seven fouls.
Jan Vesely: Another 2011 first round pick, Vesely had a game-high 10 rebounds to go along with 10 points. He started 20 games for the Wizards last year, but he may lose time to Porter as well. Washington has plenty of bigs in Nene, Emeka Okafor, Trevor Booker, and Kevin Seraphin in the frontcourt, so Vesely will really need to earn every minute.
Charlotte Bobcats 86 Dallas Mavericks 80
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist: The Bobcats have the most talent in the Las Vegas Summer League, so they should have a nice rate of success. Even though they lost the summer league opener, Charlotte bounced back with a nice win. MKG, the second overall pick in 2012, provided 11 points and did not miss any of his four field goal attempts. It would be nice to see him expand his range in his second year.
Cody Zeller: Zeller had a very nice game with 21 points (6-12 FG, 0-1 3Pt, 9-9 FT) with 13 rebounds. It's a good first step, but Zeller has often showed the ability to dominate less athletic players. He will need to show that he can produce against athletic bigs on an every-game basis.
Bismack Biyombo: Last year's second first round pick made small strides in his rookie season, but he needs to show that he will not be an offensive minus in his second season. Biyombo took just three shots in 26 minutes, but he did snag seven boards. He probably won't be draftable in most 10- and 12- team leagues next year.
Jeffrey Taylor: The former Vanderbilt swingman had a good rookie season. He played well again on Sunday despite being whistled five times. Taylor had 19 points, two 3-pointers, and five rebounds. On a good team, he would be a seventh or eighth man off the bench, but he may need to be more than that for the Bobcats.
Jae Crowder: The 6-6 small forward started a handful of games for the Mavericks. He had eight fouls in 32 minutes, but had 16 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. The Mavericks are in a state of transition, but Crowder could get significant playing time for the Mavericks as a defensive player/energy guy.
Josh Akognon: The 5-11 guard signed late in the season with the Mavericks and played in three games. After having a big debut in the summer league, he knocked down another 16 points with three 3-pointers. He will likely be bench fodder with Dallas in 2013-14, so there isn't much reason to pay attention.
Los Angeles Lakers 81 Portland Trailblazers
Robert Sacre: The Lakers are looking past 2013-14 and have just two players under contract for the 2014-15 season. One is Steve Nash and the other is Sacre. The former Gonzaga center will back up Chris Kaman next year. He had eight points and eight rebounds in the win over the Blazers. If Kaman has injury issues, Sacre could be a player to look at.
Thomas Robinson: In just his second year, Robinson is on his third team. He has been the victim of circumstance, but maybe it will make him better in the long run. However, most players drafted in the first five picks aren't shipped off like this. Hopefully, Robinson will be the next Chauncey Billups. He grabbed 10 boards against the Lakers, but was just 3-of-12 from the field on his way to seven minutes. He will likely provide bench support for the Blazers.
Meyers Leonard: The seven-footer from Illinois had some flashes as a rookie. He had 12 points on 6-of-9 shooting against the Lakers in 26 minutes. He blocked a pair of shots, but had just five rebounds and got called for six fouls. Portland could really use Leonard in 2013-14, so his progress should be watched.