Just in time for the start of Day 3 - here is my Review of yesterday's action. For the most part, the same players continue to impress and not impress. Let's hope for someone new breaking out on Day 3.
Who Impressed – Watching
Not Impressed – While Daniel Orton had a few bright moments, he is going to need a lot of work, and he is exactly the type of player the NBDL is made for. He has so much to work on that he will be best served in a place where he will be on the court.
Sundiata Gaines had a very rough game, and had a lot of trouble when
Who Impressed – Even before he hit the buzzer-beater to win the game, Jeremy Pargo was, by far, the most impressive of the
Not Impressed – Not much here in this game, though I expect better play out of Sherron Collins the rest of the week.
Who Impressed – Same players as yesterday for Philadelphia – Jodie Meeks, Jrue Holiday, and Cedric Simmons. Simmons continues to play tough around the rim, and is surprisingly good in transition.
Luke Harangody was again a bright spot for the Celtics. This time he focused his play around the rim and on the boards and put up a double-double. Tony Gaffney showed great athleticism and a nice perimeter touch, and also was impressive in transition. Jaycee Carroll is a fantastic shooter and also showed that he isn’t afraid to go among the big boys and grab a board or two.
Not Impressed – Everyone who played for the Sixers looked good yesterday. Can’t say the same for
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Who Impressed – Terrence Williams again showed that he is also going to be a contributor to the rebuilding of the Nets. He has been the most unstoppable player over the last 2 days. What was more impressive tonight was his defense. He was all over the place, and did a great job on and off the ball. Damion James had a monster game, looking like he was still playing in the Big 12. He was active around the rim, ripping rebounds out of players’ hands, and even showed some perimeter range. He does need to work on his shot selection, especially mid-range, where he tends to pass up a good first look. Jakim Donaldson also looked very good, showing the ability to mix it up on the boards with much stronger players.
Lance Stephenson, while not as good as yesterday, still showed that he is going to be a 2nd round steal for the Pacers. Josh McRoberts has almost made me take back all of the bad things I have said about him over these last 2 days. He is playing a lot tougher than I recall over the last few years, though he needs to learn that his place is not on the perimeter. A 3 here and there on a pick and pop is OK, but he needs to figure out his role. Paul George played the best defense I have seen from him over the last year. He has long arms and he was disrupting everything with them. He also did a great job on the boards. Shot selection is also a problem for him, but that should come with experience.
Not Impressed – Brian Zoubek is almost painful to watch out there. My knees hurt just watching him run up and down the floor. Derrick Favors seemed much more tentative than yesterday, but still showed good athleticism. I was just hoping for a better follow-up from yesterday.
Well that’s it for Day 2 – make sure to check back tomorrow for Day 3’s Review and the beginning of the Vegas Summer League Previews.