PG Play: I won't deny I was not expecting to be impressed by many of the players on show but the Thunders Reggie Jackson and the Celtics E'Twan Moore. While Jackson started off slow shooting and had a few turnovers. He took a little break came back on an channeled his inner Russell Westbrook. He attacked the basket, wasn't afraid to take contact and started distributing the ball alot more but the real star of the show was Moore who closed out the game in the middle of the 4th with a big 3 which put the Celtics out of reach. In all likelyhood neither of these guys will never start for their teams right now because both are set at the position but it'll be interesting to see if any other teams pick up on these two.
Sullinger vs Jones: This was one of the most interesting things about this game was that we got to take a look at two guys that could have gone high lottery if things had gone their way. But for these two I think it's a blessing for both. It's hard not to watch Perry Jones and be excited. He's so smooth, moves so well and extremely comfortable with ball in hands. As for his toughness I don't think there was many issues during the game. He showed willingness to get in amongst the big men and score and hit the boards. His strength however was hitting the jumper off the pick and roll. As a whole it was a good start for Jones. Sullinger however stepped it up. It was obvious to see the post game every time he caught the ball in the post but what I was impressed by was his face up and his range on his jumper. I knew he could shoot but I did not know he had 3pt range on him. He seemed more then happy to take the ball on the perimeter and take a shot. As for any indication of the back injury. I saw none. He moved well and was not afraid to play his usually physical post game. It'll be interesting to watch both players as the games continue considering both of these players solid starts.
Kanter vs Drummond: I won't deny I was excited to see these two go at it and I was sort of overcome by what I saw. A couple days before this game Greg Monroe had gone up against Drummond in a scrimmage and said he was built physical centre who wouldn't back down. So I was kind of bermused to see Kanter go at him so readily considering he had a 20lbs difference against him. But what really puzzled me was Drummond's sudden urge to play the step back face up game. Now I won't deny that either centre had their way because they didn't, both Drummond and Kanter absolutely shut each other down so trying to get a sample size for offense is rather difficult. But from what I saw Kanter is more developed post game wise and Drummond either is trying to prove he's versatile and able to step back and hit a face up jumper or he's really smart and knows that if he goes into the post he's just going to get fouled and have to go to the line and my good god he does not want to go to the line. 2 Air ball's, I pray that it's just a stroke issue and it can be fixed because he is a talent player no doubt. He's a really pest on defense and his offense can go places if he works on it but he needs to get his free throws sorted.
Extra Notes: One thing I was particularly interested in seeing was the progress of Detroit's PG Brandon Knight. Knight was constantly on the move and buzzing about on offense, attacking the basket and creating chances for teammates. Despite all that I have a few reservations about him and his ability to keep ahold of the ball. He has a bit of another Kentucky point guard in him in John Wall. Wall has all that attacking talent but has struggled to keep his turnovers down. While there was no huge inclinations of this today once he starts playing in the pro's with his type of play it could be something to be wary of...........Andrew Nicholson was extremely impressive for the Magic. I had once thought of this guy as a possible candidate for the Warriors 30th pick and well I would not have objected to it considering what I saw today. We knew he could score but I was impressed by his rebounding ability and his post defense. Certainly someone to watch over the next few days....One thing I am rather worried seeing is Thunder centre Cole Aldrich. I don't know if it was Fab Melo showing us what a defensive monster he really is but if you're on the court for 31 minutes and only score 1 point and 7 rebounds as a big man, you've had a bad day. Aldrich is now in his 3rd year in the league so you would think that he would start to show some of the promise that made him a lottery pick back in 2010 but apparently he is still trying to figure things out. He'll be another player worth watching for the rest of the week to see how he goes too.........One final note on U.C Santa Barbara alum in Orlando Johnson. Orlando was extremely impressive for the Pacers against the 76ers. He shot the ball well and rebounded rather well too, he's another name that will be on alot of people's lips by the end of the summer league.
(This is the first of hopefully a few Summer League Diaries that i'll do over the course of the next 15 or 16 days or so. If you liked this one and want to see more feel free to let me know in the comment section. Hope you all enjoy reading the article)