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).

His Day 1 coverage is here, and here's a preview, a schedule and results, and the address where you can watch the games for free online.

  • 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.
  • Ibaka!
  • 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.



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