We’re five days into the Las Vegas Summer League and I’ve decided it would be a good idea if I looked back at the play during the day and pointed out a few notable and not so notable performances of the day, including another big night from Doug McDermott.
Day Five — Tuesday July 15th
C.J. McCollum — McCollum, who was the 10th overall selection in the 2013 draft, managed only 38 games in his rookie season, but here, against the Hawks, he looked like a seasoned vet. Sharing the ball-handling duties with Will Barton, McCollum scored 28 points including 6-of-9 from three-point range and put his best foot forward to be the Blazers number one back up wing player this season.
Doug McDermott — Backing up his 31 points from game two, Dougie McBuckets dropped another 20 points on just 13 shots, adding five rebounds and six assists. He was facing a lot of double teams and always made the right decision and his shooting was breathtaking at times. It remains to be seen if he starts in Chicago, but he will definitely have an impact on the offensively improved Bulls’ squad.
Otto Porter — Porter has impressed in all three of the Wizards’ games so far and looks a completely different player to what we saw last season. Against the Heat, Porter dropped 19 points and added seven boards, a steal and a block. He also had six turnovers, but in the regular season, he won’t be handling the ball that much. Before the Paul Pierce deal, I was excited for Porter in fantasy, but now the excitement has been tempered.
T.J. Warren — After playing just seven minutes Sunday, Warren exploded Tuesday, ending the game with 28 points and 11 rebounds, including six on the offensive end. His athleticism has been on show throughout all three games and shows an impressive ability to get to the rim. Even though the Suns re-signed P.J. Tucker, Warren is the better offensive option and will get a decent share of minutes on the wing.
Shabazz Napier — In Heath Tudor’s article yesterday, detailing the Orlando Summer League, Napier has not looked good so far as a professional. Tuesday was no exception. Napier finished the game with eight points, but that came on a putrid 2-of-16 shooting and he only converted three of his six free throw attempts. He did manage four steals, but countered that with four turnovers of his own and so far, you’d have to say he’ll be the third string point guard behind Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole.
Tyler Ennis — ANother rookie point guard who is finding the going tough so far, Ennis finished with just four points. The eight rebounds, five assists and three steals were impressive, but with Eric Bledsoe, Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas ahead of him, he needs to star in Summer League to crack the rotation.
Rodney Hood — Fresh off a blistering 29 point performance Monday, Hood couldn’t get anything to fall, ending the game with only three points on 1-of-9 shooting. He looks like he’ll be very hot and cold this season, but he will got a decent amount of court time as Gordon Hayward‘s backup at the three.