Summer league report
By Yahoo! Sports
July 8, 2007
LAS VEGAS – Here is who shined and struggled in NBA summer league play Saturday and Sunday, according to various front-office personnel and scouts around the league.
1. LaMarcus Aldridge, Portland Trail Blazers – Aldridge continued his impressive play in Vegas. He is shooting well from the outside and has a nice turnaround baseline jumper. He finished Sunday's game with 16 points and 11 rebounds in a 72-68 loss to Dallas.
3. Greg Oden, Portland Trail Blazers – Oden still was not great (anything was going to be an improvement over Friday's debacle in which he committed 10 fouls and scored six points), but he played much better on Sunday. He was much more active both offensively and defensively, soaring way above the rim to throw down a thunderous dunk as well as blocking four shots. He finished Sunday's game with 13 points and five rebounds in a losing effort.
4. Jose Juan Barea, Dallas Mavericks – He has played solidly in both of the Mavs' victories. On Friday, Barea finished with 14 points and nine assists and followed that up with 17 points and three assists on Sunday. He is strong with the basketball, gets into the lane and makes good decisions.
5. Marco Belinelli, Golden State Warriors – If he consistently shoots like he did on Saturday, then Golden State got the steal of last month's draft. Belinelli hit from anywhere and everywhere, making 14 of 20 shots from the floor and five of seven on three-pointers as he led the Warriors with 37 points in a 110-102 win over New Orleans.
6. Hilton Armstrong, New Orleans Hornets – Armstrong could be a low-post presence in his second season. On Saturday against Golden State, he showed decent moves around the basket and was active defensively and on the boards, finishing with 17 points, five rebounds and two blocks in only 19 minutes.
7. Jason Maxiell, Detroit Pistons – Maxiell played very well Saturday in displaying a solid low-post game and a nice touch on his jumper. Obviously, he is taking summer league very seriously, having lost all the excess fat he had in college. Maxiell finished Saturday's 91-89 victory over Philadelphia with 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting.
8. Javaris Crittenton, Los Angeles Lakers – He might be the answer for the Lakers at the point guard position. Crittenton displayed nice poise and shot the ball well (8-for-13 for 18 points) in a 66-64 win over Milwaukee. He is very good at changing speeds while handling the basketball, making one move where he hesitated at the top of the key and then exploded to the basket for a resounding dunk.
1. Francisco Garcia, Sacramento Kings – Garcia continues to have trouble with consistency. He shot a poor 6-for-18 from the field on Saturday and had five turnovers. He did, however, mix in some nice passes. Unfortunately, the Kings do not need flash next season; they need a reliable contributor.
2. Yi Jianlian, Milwaukee Bucks – Yi really struggled in his second game, and, as a result, Team China labored to score in its blowout loss to Sacramento. He had difficulty being guarded by a more athletic forward, winding up only 2-for-14 from the floor with nine points. He also committed five turnovers.
3. Jordan Farmar, Los Angeles Lakers – Farmar had a tough time in almost every aspect Sunday. His decision making was terrible, resulting in six turnovers, and he shot poorly (1-for-8 from the floor). Farmar's ability to fill the Lakers' gaping hole at point guard has never been more in doubt.
Updated on Monday, Jul 9, 2007 2:41 am, EDT