After 5 days in Vegas most of the teams have gotten rid of their jitters/yips/resemblance to turnover factories. For example, the Lakers had an even 30 turnovers in each of their first two games, but just 17 in their third. Okay, not a great example, but on the whole players definitely look more relaxed with three games in the books. The tournament format starts today, and the top 10 teams will receive a bye. Here’s the official link to the Las Vegas Summer League Tournament Bracket.
Notables From Day 5
In yesterday’s game involving the Kings and Raptors, Ben McLemore showed everyone why he could end up being the best player from this 2013 NBA draft class. McLemore had 26 points on 8-14 shooting and 3-6 from three, and looked much more like an actual NBA 2-guard than in his previous two contests. He showed off his lightning-quick release, but still has yet to record an assist…
Opposing McLemore and the Kings was Jonas Valanciunas, the Raptors much improved big man. He posted 18 points and 8 rebounds in a winning effort for the Raptors who beat the Kings 81-70, but had 9 fouls (1 away from ejection) and 7 turnovers. Yes, it’s still Summer League and he still has room to improve on both ends, but expect Valanciunas to improve on his 8.9 PPG 6.0 RPG numbers from last year. He also should have some great practice battles with ‘Psycho T,’ who didn’t seemed so psyched to be a Raptor.
For Portland, C.J. McCollum made some noise with 27 points, going 10-13 from the line. Unfortunately, he shot only 8-25 from the field and had just 1 assist in the 80-78 losing effort against the Bulls. His teammate and recent Blazers acquisition, Thomas Robinson, also had a notable game with 12 points to go along with 18 boards. Robinson, who looked like he needed a change of scenery after riding pine in both Sacramento and Houston last season, could be a nice pickup for the Trail Blazers. Also in the same game, Andrew Goudelock came back down to earth a little with 11 points on 4-11 shooting while his teammate, Marquis Teague, put up a game-high 25 points and was 3-3 from behind the arc.
Tournament-style play begins at 6pm ET, when the Denver Nuggets (0-3) face the New Orleans Pelicans (2-1).
- NBA Summer League 2013: Day 5 Scores, Stats and Highlights from Vegas (bleacherreport.com)