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David Thorpe Tweeting From Summer League

10/20/2009

The NBA's Vegas Summer League is in its fifth day of action, and David Thorpe is on the scene, livetweeting away his best basketball insights.

You can pay to watch online here. You can follow Thorpe's Twitter feed here, and read his commentary from the Orlando Pro Summer League here. You can read Kevin Arnovitz's tidy summer league preview here. And here is a schedule of the many games taking place in Las Vegas over the next week.

Today, Thorpe will begin his coverage with the Knicks vs. Grizzlies game at 6 p.m. ET.

  • Thorpetweet is out of thoughts. Fried. Tomorrow at 1pm PT.

  • if Collison is the 21st pick, and Thornton is a 2nd rounder, then this draft is better than expected.

  • DeAndre Jordan.

  • I think the player I've seen grow the most in a year is...

  • Collison-Thorton. Interesting guys off the Hornets bench this season. Both play with energy and know how to play. I like that combo.

  • Clips ran Gordon off a flex cut into the post. Against a smaller guy. We'll see that this season I'm sure.

  • He draws fouls there. He tips shots in. He grabs and finishes loose balls. He occupies guys, opening lanes for others. And he can't be moved

  • Blake Griffin plays basketball like a great center in hockey. He's constantly in front of the rim, which allows him many garbage opps.

  • What makes Collison good is he moves with a purpose.

  • Mike Taylor is incredibly quick.

  • Jordan benefits from the attention Griffin draws because Blake is a good and wiling passer.

  • Watching Clips Hornets now.

  • Calling all NBA teams. Coby Karl can help your team.

  • Sonny Weems is like so many players-talented but unproductive, largely. Just can't seem to make the connection.

  • Lawson is fantastic as a hit ahead guy. He's terrific in transition in general. Not just his speed, but his understanding of the break.

  • Jack McClinton is still struggling in general, but he has 4 assists in the first half.

  • Have I mentioned how good I think George Hill is?

  • The Nugs are pressing after mades. Awesome to see.

  • Of course, he's the one summer league player not under contract with his team that is guaranteed playing time.

  • Nice to see Coby Karl playing well (again) for Denver, after his stint with Boston in Orlando.

  • But he's nice directing the break.

  • Lawson is far better handling ballscreens on offense than defense.

  • Mahinmi showing some signs of offensive life.

  • Gist has really quick feet.

  • Nugs Spurs.

  • Finished with 42. Tied for the record.

  • James Augustine has played well for the Bulls, offensively. 21 and 7.

  • 40.

  • Randolph now with 39. The vegas record is 42.

  • Curry with a nice shot fake 1 dribble pull.

  • If the draft is about projection and development, then there have to be a lot of execs sweating Anthony Randolph's progress.

  • I think Ben Gordon taught Johnson how to shoot before jetting up the road. His arc is pro perfect.

  • Randolph dominating as a scorer, but he's not been a focused rebounder. To maintain his growth, he needs to be a multi-tasker.

  • Gibson, though, is playing with spirit.

  • Curry with his first field goal in 6 tries.

  • I understand why the Bulls drafted Johnson. But not Gibson.

  • Bulls fans, can you explain why Linton Johnson is playing in this game, while some talented young prospects ride pine?

  • Randolph just had the dunk of summer leagues, past-present-and future. Think Superman's throwdown, plus the And1 factor. Stunning and sweet!

  • He gets great arc on his shot. Rare for a rook.

  • Johnson has scored on a great dribble move, a sweet jumper, and a post flash to the middle of the paint. Very, very nice.

  • Curry under more control thus far.

  • James Johnson with the best hesitation move of the week for a bucket.

  • Randolph on the Spurs? A Hall of Fame player. Or he'd quit the game. The pressure is on the Warriors to cultivate the former.

  • He's showing some signs of a really mature game. Smarter at drawing fouls.

  • 90 seconds in, Randolph is the best player on the floor.

  • Players I've seen sporting mohawks. Thabeet, Jennings, and now James Johnson. Hmmm.

  • Bulls Warriors.

  • Douglass now with 11 assists. As expected. He's been schooled extremely well at FSU as to how a pg is supposed to play.

  • Back from a quick espn news bit.

  • Arthur, however, is showing talent and effort.

  • I'm not sure what Hasheem means in his native language, but I'd guess it's not "plays with fire".

  • Other than off his own rebounding efforts.

  • In either case, he's not getting paint touches off a pass.

  • I'm not sure which is happening-is Hill not posting because they won't throw it to him, or are they not feding him because he's not posting?

  • Skita for 3! Can Mike D save him?

  • Marcus Williams has 0 assists in 11 mins. 17 in game 1.

  • Darrell Arthur is playing very well. On both ends. Active and aggressive.

  • Few things bother me more than when players elect to shoot fadaways with time on the clock. From the perimeter.

  • Douglass looks very comfortable. Not productive yet, but it will come.

  • Thabeet active "in area". Not out of area.

  • Now Hill has shown up on the glass. Where he needs to make his living.

  • Jordan Hill is not noticeable on the floor thus far.

  • Thabeet is impressively active on the glass.

  • Thabeet likes to use his left hand to finish. It's not there yet, but using it is the smart play.

  • Morris Almond started out with a plan to make an impression. 2-2! In minute one.