What Happens in Vegas...Is On HoopsTV: Summer League Day Six

The RantCorrespondent IJuly 16, 2009

I am currently covering the NBA Summer League in Vegas for Hoops Tv. Check out my story from Day Six. 


Day Six of the 2009 NBA Summer League saw a host of fresh names take over the spotlight in Las Vegas. Of course, it helped that Golden State's Anthony Randolph had the day off.

Names like Austin Daye of the Pistons, Sacramento second-year man Jason Thompson, Daye's teammate DaJuan Summers, and Blazers 2009 second-round pick Dante Cunningham were just a few of the names creating a buzz at the Thomas & Mack Center on Day Six.

HoopsTV's James Kaikis has those stories, and all the rest of the details from Day Six of the NBA Summer League covered.

Just Another Summer's Daye

Detroit Pistons' rookies Austin Daye and DeJuan Summers both man-handled the New York Knicks in Wednesday's opening game. Daye dropped 27 points and 13 rebounds on the Knicks, leading all players in both categories. Daye showed off his smooth stroke and uncanny ability to get to the basket time and time again.

Second round pick DeJuan Summers again made sure his name wouldn't be lost in the shuffle by scoring 26 points including some high flying dunks. Knicks rookie Jordan Hill, who looked inconsistent at times, had 14 points in the loss.

Milwaukee Stays Perfect

The Bucks played very well-rounded basketball as they defeated the Bulls 87-72. Joe Alexander led the way with 18 points, despite not being able to find consistency in his shot throughout the first half.

Amir Johnson dominated opponents in the paint, adding another 17 points and eight rebounds. College scoring sensation Jodie Meeks added 16 points. Brandon Jennings added 14 points and nine assists.

Jennings said, "All I'm trying to do is prove that I can run the team and win games."

Jennings, who told Hoops TV that his new nickname is now "Young Buck", was tossing no-look passes from everywhere on the court. 

Rooks DeRozen & Clark Showcase Skills in Tight Game 

DeMar DeRozen and the Toronto Raptors defeated Earl Clark and the Phoenix Suns in a sloppy, nail-biter game in which both teams combined for 49 fouls and 37 turnovers.

DeRozen played very well, scoring 20 points with ease. DeRozen, who was guarded closely by Taylor Griffin throughout the game, showed signs of brilliance, swishing nearly every shot he took early in the game.

Quincy Douby helped propel the Raptors to the victory after falling behind nine points in the fourth quarter.

Earl Clark looked great for the Suns, despite only shooting 5-12 with five turnovers. Clark showed his versatility and range, scoring on open looks from just inside the three-point line. Clark also added a game-high 12 rebounds in the contest, in which center Robin Lopez seemingly disappeared most of the game.

Thompson Has Big Day, Evans Goes Quiet

"I guess on a summer league note, it's almost a triple-double," Jason Thompson jokingly said of his 31-point, 10 rebound and nine foul performance. "I'm just trying to be more aggressive, not just with the points, but with the rebounds." 

Thompson couldn't do enough to get the Kings their first win against the D-League Select squad, even though it seemed like his name was called after every point. Thompson was all over the court; setting picks, rebounding and dominating in the post.

The man everyone came to see, Tyreke Evans, had his worst offensive output during the summer league thus far. Evans, who didn't start for Sacto, did not seem to have the regular edge coming off the bench, and went 1-5 with five points and three assists.

For the Select, Trey Johnson added 20 points off the bench, all in the second half.

Bayless Making It a Point to Play His Role 

Last year, Jared Bayless was dropping nearly 30 points a game on his way to the top rookie award. This year, Bayless is concentrating on his new role as primarily a point guard. 

"The focus is to be a floor general out there, putting players in the spots to be in, and putting them into positions to do what they do." Bayless said.

Bayless played well in a loss against the Rockets, scoring 13 points, but showed flashes of his scoring abilities and his increased leadership abilities in his second year in the summer league.

Bayless could be heard yelling commands to the players throughout the game, and even had a half-time chat with head coach Nate McMullen in the media section, discussing where he should be on the floor at certain times.

GM Kevin Pritchard has been discussing possible deals for a new point guard to lead the Blazers, but Bayless feels he's ready to take make an impact this season. 

"I'm hoping I can. It's just the opportunity that presents itself; if it does I'm gonna take advantage of it."

NCAA Champ's Woes Continue

After going 0-8 overall in his first summer league game, Lawson went 1-8 and finished with seven points, despite starting and playing 27 minutes. Lawson just could not find his rhythm throughout warm-ups and the game.

He did finish with a game high four assists, but one had to wonder if Ty can shake off the rust and find his shot.

Wednesday finals from Las Vegas: 

Detroit 96, New York 73 : Daye (27 & 13) and Summers (26 & 8) were the 1-2 knockout punch for the Pistons.

Milwaukee 87, Chicago 72 : Joe Alexander had 18, and the Bucks are 4-0. Has that last line ever been written before?

Toronto 74, Phoenix 73 : The Rooks shined as Demar Derozen (TOR) hit for 20, and Earl Clark (PHX) had 13 & 12 rips.

NBA D-League Select 105, Sacramento 89 : Jason Thompson had 31 & 10, but Sacto is now 0-4. 

Houston 87, Portland 82 : Cunningham had 22 for the Blazers, while HTV cat James White had 16 for the Rockets.

Denver 77, Washington 70 : Andray Blatche continues to impress -- 27 points, 15 boards & three dimes. But if Blatche can make this happen in the regular season remains to be seen.



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