Las Vegas Summer League: Day Four Rookie Recap
The 2010 Las Vegas Summer League is now in its fifth day of play. So far, there have been four jam-packed days of basketball and a lot to speak about. Here is our latest NBA rookie recap, taking a look at the performances from Day 4.
Game 1: New York Knicks 71 def. Los Angeles Lakers 63
Andy Rautins – NY: Had another tough day from the field, finishing with only one basket on 16 percent shooting. In addition to his one basket, he only managed one assist and one rebound in 25 minutes of play. This poor shooting performance is not what we expect out of the Syracuse Orangeman.
Landry Fields – NY: A day to remember for Fields, as he went shot 7-11 from the field to finish with a game high 17 points. He also added five rebounds, three steals, and two blocks in 23 minutes.
Devin Ebanks – LAL: After two great back-to-back performances, Ebanks played the most minutes of anyone in this game but it didn’t matter, as his shot never fell. Ebanks struggled the entire game, ending with seven points on 2-13 shooting.
Derrick Caracter – LAL: Yet another double-double for Caracter. He has been a beast throughout summer league, adding another solid performance. Caracter finished the game with 16 points and 10 rebounds. The major concern is his foul trouble (8) and turnovers (8). If he can get those numbers under control, he could be a great addition to any NBA team.
Game 2: Sacramento Kings 97 def. Detroit Pistons 68
Hassan Whiteside – SAC: After slipping in the draft, Whiteside has a lot to prove, and he had a decent performance in his first summer league game. Never known as an offensive threat, Whiteside finished with five points, five rebounds, and five blocks. He continued his great defense that made him famous in college.
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC: The No. 5 pick in the 2010 NBA Draft had a great debut. Hit a couple jump shots in addition to looking physically dominant in the post. Took a couple of knocks, but was able to keep his cool, something everyone will follow closely this first year.
Cousins finished with a double-double, collecting 14 points and 10 rebounds as he helped lead the Kings to a resounding win. He also shot the ball well from the line, going 4-5.
Ryan Thompson – SAC: Finished the game with 12 points, one rebound, and one assist. Thompson shot the ball well, making four of his five shots. He also got to the line five times, making four of them.
Donald Sloan – SAC: Didn’t play well, only making one shot, but finishing with six points. Hit four of six from the charity stripe.
Tyrese Rice – SAC: The fifth player to have double-digit points. Finished the game with 15 points, one rebound, and one assist.
Wayne Chism – SAC: Managed to play 18 minutes and chip in with four points and five rebounds.
Sylven Landesberg – SAC: Made the most of his time on the court, only playing four minutes but making three of his four shots to finish with six points.
Devan Downey – SAC: Was only able to take one shot attempt in his four minutes of play. Added one rebound and two assists in clean-up time.
Greg Monroe – DET: Nothing spectacular to speak of with Monroe. He only made three of his seven attempts to finish with seven points and seven rebounds. Struggled with fouls, adding seven, and also turned the ball over four times.
Terrico White – DET: Finished the game with ok numbers. Added nine points and two rebounds. However, White once again struggled to setup teammates, only having two assists on the day.
Mac Koshwal - DET: Minus the fouls (7), Koshwal played a decent game. He added 10 points and 12 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough as the Kings had too many players making baskets.
Edgar Sosa – DET: In 18 minutes you might expect more out of Sosa, but he wasn’t shooting the ball well (2-6). Ended the game with just six points, one rebound, and two assists.
Elijah Millsap – DET: Struggled with his shot in this one, only making two of his nine attempts. He managed to finish the game with seven points and five rebounds on an inefficient day overall.
Game 3: San Antonio Spurs 85 def. Minnesota Timberwolves 61
Wesley Johnson - MIN: Incredibly athletic and versatile wing out of Syracuse looked impressive in this game before leaving with a sore hamstring.
Had a highlight reel alley-oop finish that had the small crowd gasping. Otherwise, wasn't looking to dominate the ball and let the game come to him for the most part. When it did though, Johnson was making some great finishes. Scored 10 points on 4-7 shooting.
Lazar Hayward - MIN: The last pick of the first round put together an okay game in his Timberwolves debut. Looked comfortable shooting the mid range jump shot as well as the three-ball. Ended up with 13 points on 4-10 shooting.
Game 4: Dallas Mavericks 73 def. Milwaukee Bucks 72
Dominique Jones - DAL: Really struggled in this one as his tendency to force the action on the offensive end resulted in his poor shooting day (3-12).
It also led to three turnovers, although that looks pretty mild compared to the amount of turnovers going on in the summer league. Really active and athletic player who contributes in other ways when his shot isn't falling though. Four rebounds, three assists, two steals, and two blocks.
Omar Samhan - DAL: Although he struggled today, I like his offensive game. Solid mid range shooter with good footwork inside. Also had five offensive rebounds, showing an ability to keep possessions alive. With the Mavericks likely losing the Al Jefferson battle with Utah, Samhan could find himself a place on this team.
Jeremy Lin - DAL: Coming out of Harvard and his scrappy play style really makes this guy an under dog and fan favorite. Didn't put together an overly impressive stat line, but the kid can play and has been getting after it all week.
Larry Sanders - MIL: Sanders had a tough day offensively, going 4-15 from the field with six turnovers.
The big man out of VCU is not quite a finished product and will have to develop some more consistent ways of scoring in the post. A positive was his activity on the defensive end, grabbing seven rebounds and blocking 3 shots.
Tiny Gallon - MIL: The big guy only played six and a half minutes in this one so didn't get a great look. Five points, three rebounds.
Games 5 through 7
If you are looking to see the NBA rookie recaps from Games 5 through 7, continue reading at TheRookieWall.com
Game 5: Phoenix Suns 96 def. NBA D-League Select 88
Game 6: Washington Wizards 89 def. Los Angeles Clippers 64
Game 7: Memphis Grizzlies 89 def. Atlanta Hawks 85