Thursday, July 07, 2005

Vegas Summer League Recap: Day 1

Here is what went down on Day 1 at the Vegas Summer League on Wednesday:

Dallas 89, New Jersey 66

Stars of the Game:
F Josh Powell (DAL) 19 points (6-7 FG), 12 rebounds, and 1 block in 33 min
C DJ Mbenga (DAL) 15 points (7-8 FG), 8 rebounds, and 5 blocks in 29 min

--Nets rookie SG Antoine Wright had 14 points, but shot just 5-21 from the field while grabbing just 2 rebounds. On a brighter note, the former Texas A&M star kept a good handle on the ball, committing 0 turnovers in 35 minutes. Also, former USC star PF Sam Clancy (NJ) turned in a rather promising performance, netting 17 points on 7-12 shooting while grabbing a team-high 6 rebounds in just 22 minutes. With Brian Scalabrine's apparent departure to Boston, Clancy could be a surprise addition to Lawrence Frank's squad.

--G Marquis Daniels, who is expected to be one of the biggest stars in Vegas, played just 27 minutes, but did manage to score 16 points, while tallying 7 rebounds and 4 assists. Expect some much bigger performances from Daniels in the next week.

Portland 93, New York 89

Star of the Game:
F Travis Outlaw (POR) 32 points (12-17), 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 34 min

--In what was perhaps the best game of the day, the Portland youngsters stole the show. In addition to Outlaw's brilliant night, rookie F Martell Webster (6th overall pick) scored 21 points on 9-12 shooting and grabbed 5 rebounds in 27 minutes of action. Second year point guard Sebastian Telfair showed no signs of a sophomore slump in tallying a near triple-double with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and 10 assists. It will be interesting to see how the team responds to playing under new Coach Nate McMillan when they suit up again on Friday.

--The Knickerbockers were led by second year F Trevor Ariza who had a solid all-around performance with 16 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 assists. It will be interesting to see if Ariza's improved play in the summer league will help him bump Tim Thomas from his starting 3 slot. Making his Knick debut, rookie PG Nate Robinson also had a nice night with 20 points (7-17), 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. But the big spotlight was on New York's other first round pick, C Channing Frye. The former Arizona Wildcat had a sub-par performance, scoring 16 points on just 5-15 shooting, while grabbing a measly 3 rebounds and picking up four fouls in 29 minutes. For now Frye will retain his label as soft.

Phoenix 81, Sacramento 75

Star of the Game:

Kevin Martin (SAC) 19 points (7-14) and 9 rebounds in 47 min

--Suns PG Leandro Barbosa showed no signs of his Vegas experience, despite leading his team to victory. In 44 minutes, the third-year pro scored 14 points on 4-14 shooting to go along with just 2 assists. Mike D'Antoni and co. better hope Steve Nash's back holds up. One of the oddest showings of the night had to come from rookie F Dijon Thompson. The former UCLA Bruin played 43 minutes, but tallied just 3 points (1-5 FG), 1 rebound, and 1 assist. Was anyone from the Suns bench watching this kid?

--Besides Martin, no one else from Sacramento really showed up. Rookie SG Francisco Garcia had just 9 points on 2-9 shooting, 1 rebound, and 2 assists in 42 minutes of action.

--Note: After I wrote this, I noticed this at the bottom of the box score: "GAME NOTES: Computer crashed in 2nd Quarter. Individual statistics not accurate." Excellent.

Chicago 83, Washington 79

Star of the Game:
C Jared Reiner (CHI)
16 points (6-9 FG) and 6 rebounds in 22 min

For Washington, rookie C Andray Blatche turned in a rather solid performance with 10 points (5-11 FG), 5 rebounds, and 2 blocks in 32 minutes. That's a lot more than we can say for last year's first round pick, C Peter John Ramos, who totaled just 2 points on 1-6 shooting in 22 minutes. F Jarvis Hayes did not play.

--For the victors, Paul's pick to make the official roster, rookie SG Eddie Basden, had a promising night, scoring 13 points (5-13 FG) to go along with 7 rebounds and a steal. Two others players were in double-figures for the Bulls, F Mario Austin with 12 points (6-10 FG) and F Kasib Powell (6-10 FG).

Tonight's Games:

Al Jefferson and Dwight Howard will be in action

Orlando vs. New York

--Look for F Dwight Howard to tool on C Channing Frye

Cleveland vs. New Orleans

--The debut of the Chris Paul and JR Smith backcourt

Denver vs. New Jersey

--Julius Hodge vs. Antoine Wright and the debut of SS Ricky Sanchez

LA Clippers vs. Boston

--Debut of Gerald Green, Delonte West vs. Shaun Livingston, Tony Allen dunks

Check back for reports on these games tomorrow


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