David Thorpe Livetweeting from Summer League
July, 7, 2009
David Thorpe is back for Day 2 with insights from courtside at the Orlando Pro Summer League (which you can also follow on Twitter).
- That's it for me tonight. Back tomorrow at 3pm.
- Hibbert has some nice scoring moves around the rim and off the post.
- Shaun Livingston sat out today. Not sure why yet.
- Harden is crafty on defense too.
- Don't ever think that playing well in summer league does not translate to the NBA. It does, but it still takes more work.
- And he just made another 3.
- Hansbrough does a great job of racing the floor.
- Hibbert staying in the paint more today. That's a good thing.
- And he just hit a 3!
- Hansbrough will always be able to get buckets off garbage inside. That's a talent.
- Westbrook is a killer off the dribble.
- McRoberts looks stronger and is playing very hard.
- Hansbrough and McRoberts playing together.
- When I do my first rookie report, James Harden will be in the top 3. Book it.
- Thunder vs. Pacers.
- Goran Suton has not been able to recreate his March Madness magic.
- CDR has developed some as an athlete. More explosive.
- Holiday is not a finisher yet, but he will be. He's big and craftier than you'd think.
- Gotta love pg's who turn down the open layup to get a teammate a dunk. Nice job Kevin Krueger!
- Terrence Williams playing some pg. Smart move-he plays like a lead guard. Point forward is the appropriate term.
- Williams will look much better when surrounded with guys like Lopez, Harris, and Lee.
- But it's a bad plan.
- Speights said yesterday that he wants to shoot every time he touches the ball. He's a man with a plan.
- The Jazz vets are going to love playing with Maynor.
- The Utah staff has done an excellent job with this team today, after getting destroyed yesterday.
- T Williams is an intriguing guy. He's a passer and a slasher, not a scorer. But he has potential.
- Holiday is finally attacking off the dribble and it's made a big difference.
- Derek Brown should be a good pro. I'm not sure he will be. He has to get a lot better.
- Kevin Krueger has been knocking on the NBA door for 2 years. He will again this year. Very heady and tough, and can shoot.
- Josh Duncan, from Xavier, has been good for years. He's already signed for next year in Belgium (an improving league).
- Terrence Williams looks better offensively today. Holiday does not, so far.
- I think CDR can be a good bench scorer, but only if he learns to do it without so many dribbles.
- Eric Maynor reminds me of Howard Eisley, with a better upside.
- OKC vs. Nets/Philly.
- Guys are bent over and in unathletic positions, and they lose their balance.
- Too many coaches are teaching players to sweep the ball low when starting a drive. That's a mistake.
- Maurice Ager has played solidly. Another example, though, of how draft night does not make a career.
- Ryan Anderson is the best player on the floor in this game. Pruitt and Karl the next best.
- Pruitt is better now at finishing at the rim.
- Chris Lofton is here with Boston also. That gives them 2 cancer survivors. Good for them.
- Once again, I'm impressed with Coach Ewing. Smart things are just spewing from his mouth.
- Russell Robinson, playing pg for Orlando, has been the best of the non-drafted guys I've seen thus far. Runs the team like a true pro.
- Someone needs to tell Courtney Fells that electing to take step back 22 footers is not how you make a team.
- Gabe Pruitt just had a great driving dunk. Like yesterday, he shows flashes. Flashes only.
- One thing evident from these games over the years-few guards know how to attack ballscreens.
- Karl just made multiple plays to get Boston back in the game.
- JR Giddens is a monster athlete who still does not have enough skill. I like him posting smaller guys though.
- Michael Sweetney is out today, tweaked his hamstring. Being wildly out of shape can not have helped.
- Robert Swift may have the most ironic name in the league.
- Ryan Anderson hits back to back 3's. He'll play some this year I think.
- Coby Karl is playing for the Celtics. He is, without doubt, an NBA player.