The second round of the 2013 Vegas Summer League Tournament is set to tip today, at 4PM ET. Golden State has the number 1 overall seed while the Nuggets, who upset the 11th seeded Pelicans yesterday 87-82, have the last seed, 22. Clearly, as players are sitting for various reasons and teams are experimenting with different lineups, the actual seeds mean little. But what the tournament does add is the illusion that the players should play to win rather than just to huck-up shots and try to score points. In this way, the tournament has raised the overall level of team play in the Vegas SL. But as this is all one big individual showcase, here are the individuals who stood out in day 6 – the good, bad and the ugly.
Mike Scott – SF/PF – Atlanta Hawks
Bearing a very similar name to America’s favorite Boss, Mike Scott has put together an awesome stretch of games in Vegas thus far. Yesterday, Scott put up 17 points and 9 rebounds in a one-point loss to the Blazers. He’s averaged 17 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while shooting 48% from the field, and 84.6% from the line, and to this point looks mature enough to step in and take some of the minutes that are left on the table from the departure of Josh Smith.
Thomas Robinson – PF – Portland Trail Blazers
Thomas Robinson has Windexed the glass in his last 2 games, with 18 and 17 rebounds respectively. His 13.3 rebounds per game overshadow his current shooting percentage, which is 37.5% – not good for a power forward. After just a few games, shooting percentages are generally skewed. Regardless, in the regular season Robinson should be one of the first guys off the bench for Portland.
Reggie Bullock – SG/SF – Los Angeles Clippers
Bullock has kept up his consistent play, scoring another 20 points and adding 5 rebounds and 4 assists in yesterday’s loss against the Mavericks. He’s getting a lot more defensive attention than he’ll receive in the regular season, and should improve his current shooting numbers (43.1% FG / 28.6% 3P).
Jack Cooley – PF – Memphis Grizzlies
Cooley is putting himself in a good position to get paid somewhere, even if it’s not in the NBA. He’s a fairly unathletic, 6’9”, but is an effective rebounder and can score with his back to the basket and with a decent mid-range jumper. Through 4 games for Cooley and 3 for lottery pick, Cody Zeller, their numbers are almost identical. Take a look.
Marcus Morris – PF/C – Phoenix Suns
Although he didn’t play yesterday, I feel this is a necessary story. The former Big-10 Player of the Year, Marcus Morris, is off to an bad start for the Suns in the 2013 Vegas SL. Compared to Markeiff’s, 14.7 points on 59.3% shooting with 5.3 rebounds, Marcus’s 12 points on 35.7% shooting with 3.7 rebounds are not good. To this point, Markeiff has better NBA numbers, and has arguably been the more consistent performer. NBA brothers are an interesting case study, and one that I will definitely follow throughout the season.
C.J. Leslie – SF/PF – New York Knicks
Coming into Knicks camp as arguably the best non-drafted player available, C.J. Leslie has not been as advertised. His 8.8 PPG 3.8 RPG on just 35.9% from the field and 58.3% from the line, are not meeting expectations. Yesterday, in a 113-66 blowout loss to the Heat, Leslie was just 2-5 with 3 rebounds. In the opener, Mike Woodson was being interviewed and was raving about Leslie. I’d like to hear Woodson’s stance on Leslie now, after four less-than mediocre performances.
Ben McLemore – SG – Sacramento Kings
After having what everyone thought was a breakthrough game in day 5, McLemore took 2 steps back in yesterday’s 92-54 loss to Minnesota. Scoring just 1 point, he looked uneasy shooting the ball and went 0-8 from the field including 0-4 from three. Get it together, Ben.
Otto Porter – SF – Washington Wizards
On day 6, Otto Porter had to sit due to a hamstring injury he suffered just 7 minutes into his last game. This may be a blessing in disguise for Otto as it will allow him to watch a little – and maybe give him some time to hit the weight room. Otto is well outside the top-100 scorers in Vegas, averaging just 6.3 PPG and 3.7 RPG and is shooting just 30% from the field. Has the hammy has been hampering his performance the whole time? If I’m a fan of the Wiz, I seriously hope that’s the case.