Las Vegas Summer League: Day 5 Rookie Recap

Game 1

Denver Nuggets 99 def. Chicago Bulls 71

Laurence Ekperigin – DEN: Efficient outing for the rookie out of Le Moyne College. 4-4 from the field and wasn’t shy in attacking the basket, going to the line 9 times. Scored 14 points in 15 minutes.

Matt Bouldin – CHI: Long shot to make a roster, but this guy is a scrappy player with a solid basketball IQ. Has the size to play point guard in the NBA, but will any team give him a look? 8 points and 4 assists shooting 2-4 from downtown.

Samardo Samuels – CHI: The formerly hyped up player out of high school went undrafted and is just trying to make a roster. We’ll see if he makes waves in the summer league and gets some of that hype back. Relatively limited minutes in his first action, but was active offensively. Went to the line 10 times en route to scoring 8 points with 3 rebounds, but 4 turnovers.

Game 2

Cleveland Cavaliers 88 def. D-League Select 82

Marquis Gilstrap – CLE: Only two minutes in this game and only recorded a turnover. Hopefully we’ll get to see a better sample size for this 6’7″ athletic wing player.

Manny Harris – CLE: DNP – The talented wing player out of Michigan didn’t get in this game, but might be featured in later games.

Game 3

Toronto Raptors 100 def. Houston Rockets 91

Ed Davis – TOR: Wasn’t looking to dominate the ball with Weems and DeRozan doing most of that. Needs to be more assertive and active in the post, calling for the ball. Forgettable stat line of 4 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 turnovers in 26 minutes.

Solomon Alabi – TOR: Had 5 offensive rebounds in this game, using his length to keep some offensive possessions alive. Otherwise a relatively unimpressive stat line for the 7 footer.

Patrick Patterson – HOU: After struggling for a couple games, Patterson put it back together and had a solid game. One of the few quality big men this year who can play both inside and out, hitting jumpers. Had 14 points and 9 rebounds in this one. Hasn’t seemed to match that outstanding first game, but this guy still looks like he’s gonna be a solid rotation guy for the Rockets this year.

Ishmael Smith – HOU: The speedy point guard put together a solid effort with 9 assists with only one turnover in 22 minutes. The lack of a consistent jumper hurts him, but he can get into the lane and make things happen and could be a nice change of pace backup point guard for a team.

Game 4

Memphis Grizzlies 67 def. Milwaukee Bucks 64

Greivis Vasquez – MEM: ACC player of the year didn’t shoot the ball well. He’s a taller point guard which helps him in some areas, but I don’t think he has the athleticism to stay in front of some faster point guards. Again, tough to see where minutes will come from especially with OJ Mayo looking to take over some PG duties this year.

Xavier Henry – MEM: Not with team.

Larry Sanders – MIL: Much better game for the rookie out of VCU. Shot the ball really well and even hit a couple of 3s. Looks comfortable from both the outside and inside. High motor with a solid all around game with 22 points, 9 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Came up clutch, tying the game on a 3 pointer in the last couple seconds.

Tiny Gallon – MIL: The big guy really cleaned the glass in 21 minutes on the court, grabbing 11 boards. Efficient scorer as he can really bang down low, but he has some turnover issues. 8 points on 4-6 shooting with 6 turnovers.

Game 5

Sacramento Kings 90 def. Los Angeles Lakers 84

DeMarcus Cousins – SAC: The 5th pick in the draft again looked impressive in his second outing. Scored inside with some nice footwork and good post moves, but also hit some deep jumpers. Already shows a great ability to pass out of double teams to slashers. Cleaned up the glass with 12 rebounds and also blocked a couple shots. He even dribbled the ball up-court on a fast break. Had some foul trouble and 5 turnovers, but the rest of his game looks too sick to complain about those things.

Hassan Whiteside – SAC: Doesn’t get as many offensive looks as Cousins does and his game is still quite raw, but shows potential for a really good face-up game. Jump shot looks smooth for a 7 footer. Only two blocks for him in this one, but he changed many shots with his length, which doesn’t show up in the box score.

Ryan Thompson – SAC: Little brother of Jason Thompson played in limited minutes in this one, putting up 2 points and a steal.

Sylven Landesberg – SAC: Landesberg has impressed in practice with the Kings and has looked ok in games. The former ACC Freshman of the Year knows how to put the ball in the basket. 13 points and 4 rebounds.

Devin Ebanks – LA: Doesn’t seem to have quite figured out his offensive game as most of his looks seem like improvised and somewhat forced jumpers. Still, the athleticism and talent is definitely there and he could explode if he continues to refine and mature his game. Finished with 12 points on 5-13 shooting.

Derrick Caracter – LA: Continues to be impressive for the Lakers in the summer league. Caracter has a well rounded game and can do just about everything. Hit some jumpers, solid in the post, played great defense against Cousins, and blocked 4 shots. Still a little foul and turnover prone, but coming off the bench, as he most surely would for the Lakers, those wouldn’t be issues. This guy might be the steal of the draft, taken at 58.

Game 6

Portland Trail Blazers 81 def. New Orleans Hornets 69

Luke Babbitt – POR: Shows patience in the game and is making the right decisions (0 turnovers). Could’ve shot the ball a little better, but everyone knows this guy can hit it.

Armon Johnson – POR: A pesky, active guard on both ends of the floor who can score in bunches, but also facilitate other guys. 15 points on 6-12 shooting while dishing out 5 assists.

Craig Brackins – NOH: Played only 10 minutes, but was just draining 3s while he was in. 3-3 from downtown. The big guy out of Iowa State clearly looks comfortable playing at the perimeter as well as in the paint.

Quincy Pondexter – NOH: Is an efficient and solid finisher that would work nicely in the Hornets rotation. His most valuable asset might be on the defensive end however as he has shown a good ability to stay in front of his man. 11 points on 5-10 shooting with 2 steals.

Game 7

Golden State Warriors 72 def. Miami Heat 69

Dexter Pittman – MIA: Could be the backup center to big Z in Miami this year depending on how the Heat finish out free agency. Definitely has the size and weight to bang with some NBA players. Doesn’t have a polished offensive post game, but with that kind of roster it wouldn’t really matter. 7 points, 4 rebounds.

Jarvis Varnado – MIA: The Heat roster is starting to come together, but they’ll still need to fill out their roster with some players on the cheap. Varnado could easily be filling one of those spots. Decent stat line with 9 points on 4-8 shooting and 6 rebounds in 20 minutes.

Jon Scheyer – MIA: Only about 7 minutes in this one and might get a better look in the next few games. 2 points, 2 rebounds.

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