One of the more compelling aspects of Summer League is the journey of players who aren't guaranteed roster spots on an NBA team. Dave McMenamin explores the nature of summer league and the frustration it can create.
Kendall Marshall struggled mightily again in the Suns' second summer league Game.
Charlie Yao of Roundball Mining Company talks to Corey Brewer, who believes Jordan Hamilton can provide "a scoring punch off the bench" for the Nuggets next year.
During his time in Las Vegas, Kawhi Leonard impressed. Andrew A. McNeill of 48 Minutes of Hell: "The Spurs’ brass sent Vegas standout Kawhi Leonard home for the rest of the week, apparently having seen enough of what he can do against inferior competition and likely with a laundry list of things to fine tune before training camp starts."
The Rockets and Trail Blazers: The funnest teams of summer league. Both squads include very talented, highly regarded players, and few players have impressed me at summer league more than Damian Lillard and Jeremy Lamb. In this segment of TrueHoop TV, Kevin Arnovitz and David Thorpe discuss how they view the two teams' daunting amount of young talent.
Though Terrence Ross struggled in the Raptors' final Summer League game, Raptors coach Dwane Casey told Drew Packham of NBA.com that he expects him to improve his conditioning and compete for playing time this season. Zach Lowe also wrote a smart article about Ross and the Raptors' future.
At Hardwood Paroxysm, Sean Highkin has a feature on Meyers Leonard's game, his chemistry with Lillard, and the possibility of playing with LaMarcus Aldridge. Lillard on Leonard: “He’s a threat to attack the rim and I’m a threat to make shots,” he said after the Blazers’ opening game, “so we’ve just got to work off each other.”
Zach Harper gives his thoughts on the Wolves' summer league squad, including this assessment of what Robbie Hummel can bring to the team: "Robbie Hummel can mix it up on the offensive boards a bit and his jumper is confident. After last season’s shooting debacle that was our perimeter, it’s weird seeing a guy raise up for a jumper, look completely calm and balanced, and then have a wave of confidence rush over you as he releases the shot. When Hummel takes a shot, it seems like a good shot."
Thomas Robinson and Jared Sullinger faced off as the Kings and Celtics met in a matchup filled with high-profile picks. As Scott Schroeder writes at Pro Basketball Talk, Robinson dominated the proceedings with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
John Henson says his favorite movie is "The Dark Knight," but if he was a superhero, he thinks he'd be Mister Fantastic from The Fantastic Four. I can't argue with either of those choices.
DeAndre Jordan claims either Blake Griffin or Chris Paul is his funniest teammate.
The Knicks may not have the best team here at summer league, but they do generate enough intrigue to warrant Seth Rosenthal's thoughts.
Charlie Yao also talked to Coby Karl, who had 18 points on 6-for-7 three-point shooting for the Timberwolves Thursday. Karl is somewhat of a veteran here at summer league, and he's established himself as someone whose primary focus is impacting the game in as many ways as possible. This interview also gives some insight into the mindset of a player who has played in several places around the world and has now returned to summer league.