If you care deeply about the outcomes of NBA Summer League games, then perhaps you'll see the Golden State Warriors' 90-71 loss to the Sacramento Kings today as some sort of karma for so many of us mocking the team...or something.
If you really don't care about the outcomes that much, congratulations — you shouldn't be concerned with winning and losing these games. It's hard to read too much into a game that Ognjen Kuzmic was out for and the Warriors were thus badly out-rebounded in game in which the outcome was hardly in doubt a couple minutes into the third.
The numbers do tell a major part of the story here: this game wasn't pretty. And that started with some defense that made a blogger next to me say, "I'm not sure the Warriors are taking this seriously." The Warriors were seemingly unable to stay in front of opposing players anywhere on the court, they got killed on the boards, and guys were caught looking lost in space on defense on more than one occasion.
But there were a couple of less heralded players who really stood out.
- Stefan Nastic: I really enjoyed getting to see him play. He's not a world beater, but he has better touch on his shot than a number of big guys here in Vegas and and moves well to set his feet once he's open in space. He's good with the ball in his hands, making choices decisively and putting good touch on his passes. If there's a negative pattern, he seems to favor avoiding all contact, which is generally a problem for a 6-foot-11 guy, but he did some nice things...offensively. On defense, that tendency to shy away from contact created problems for him both on the boards and in post-up situations. In fairness, he seemed
- Dominique Sutton: Sutton was actually the guy who impressed me most in this game. As Keith Schlosser wrote earlier today, he has already made an impression on the organization with his defense. But his consistent energy in a game that got well out of hand — like, I don't even know if it was as close as the score that I stopped paying attention to — stood out and you have to wonder how far that will take him in terms of training camp invites.
- James Michael McAdoo: So...I'm starting to think others are considerably more enamored with McAdoo than I am. He clearly has the athleticism and some basketball tools to find a niche in the NBA, but he often seems to be forcing things and ending up a bit off-balance. That's not to say I don't think he'll make it, but he can be somewhat inconsistent play-to-play despite what his numbers suggest. Defensively, he just seems to be out of position or a step slow to make plays. Again — it's summer league so it's not like we want to read too much into this, but we might want to wait before we get too excited about the possibilities with McAdoo.
- Kevon Looney: Not sure he showed anything terribly new today, but he did look more comfortable than usual. Once he refines his skills and learns how to maximize his physical tools, he could become a productive player one day.
- Matt Stainbrook: #Stainbrook.
Stay tuned for more on the game from Bram Kincheloe.