Re: Summer league observations
posted at 7/8/2013 10:28 AM EDT
In response to Bill-806's comment:
In response to Rajon-Hondo's comment:
It's early..... But I see some % of a slow/can't jump guy named LARRY LEGEND in him !!!!!! Just saying !!!
I like the nickname the Big KO. The boy can score and shoot, he doesn't rush his shots or moves the game is very slow in his head offensively and thats good. His D,he ain't going to be a shut defender but he is smart and he seems to know how to hids his weaknesses onD . Melo ,well he has a soft shot but his hands are horrible and he is just slow reacting to a lot of things. Melo has the body of an NBA big but he really has to learn the game much much better,it shows this is his 4th 5th year playing bball he looks like a H.S player out there. Iverson has good instincts and can rebound in a crowd but has no offensive game but with a few imporovements in a couple of things could stick on rebounding and D alone. Pressey 50/50,he has the quicks and penetrating skills but some really bad and off the mark passes but those are things you can improve on, I'll see how he does the whole touney. The Wilson kid showed me some things,great first step,some nice range and could gaurd the 3 spot, he maybe up and down on the roster. Other than that mostly Euro leaguers and D leaguers. Orlando did play a bunch of second year players and their #2 pick Olidupo who looked like he might have an impact right away. So overall I thought we might have 3-4 guys making it to camp. It tough to make a choice on just one game but those are the 4 I'll be watching the closest.
Who is Wilson? Do you mean Mitchell? I mostly agree but I'm more critical of Pressey - I'd go 30/70 to the negative. Exactly like the scouting reports, begins fine as a facilitator (not outstanding) but wants to be "the man" and gets away from his game. He had one good drive, but he's not outstanding in any department. Needs good coaching and a new way of seeing himself and the game. Mitchell was solid and effective, and aside from two ill-advised threes, he played under control and with confidence. Should get to camp. No other "unknowns" stood out except that Johnson-Odum was awful. Fells and Granger were just okay, Abromaitis gave me an uneasy feeling of déjà vu - Harangody without the weird shot - he hustled but is too small for his position and not good enough for the NBA. Big pluses: OK was much more than good, may have been the best player on the floor, including Oladipo who was easily better than anyone trying to guard him. Iverson's D was strong and the block, as the secondary defender, was remarkable. The ball was six feet out of the shooter's hand! Melo. Poor Melo. He was terrible - his shots were blocked or he missed 1-footers, never boxed out and allowed smaller players easy put backs. He seemed slow to react on both ends, couldn't cleanly catch the ball or hold onto it, even with two hands. But the box out matter is the worst. He's never going to be an offensive force, but his defense is horrid - a stand still, lumbering, unaware center with no discernible skills. I would have expected more after a year with KG barking at him. He hasn't played that long, I get it, but even Sullinger was on him to box out and Melo appeared to be making excuses - not a good sign. Boxing out is not that hard, epsecially if defense is supposed to be his forte. Had no awareness of what was happening around him. I feel bad for the guy - as above, an NBA body but .....
KO, CI, TM, and probably Melo (unless they release him) go to camp. The rest will have Celtics jerseys (Ugh! T-shirts?), the experience, and memories of playing with and against real NBA players. The only other possible addition might be Smith, if he plays well enough.