Prior to this week, had only played 378 minutes of competitive basketball in the past year. And hey, it’s not like Summer League is necessarily the most competitive environment, so I’m not sure we should even count that.
Given that, it would have been far from a shocker if Mudiay came in to Las Vegas and struggled a bit to get his legs back under him at Summer League to start, or maybe to re-adjust to the speed of the game. Sometimes it just takes some time for players to get back to their games.
In Mudiay’s case though, nothing could be further from the truth. He’s come in like gangbusters, getting into the lane basically at will in the pick-and-roll and creating looks for others with sublime ease. On Sunday, he dished out 10 assists and scored 19 points, showcasing all of the skills that made him the No. 7 overall pick in the and the No. 3 overall prospect on my draft board. Yeah, the first step is great, as is the ball-handling. That much is clear at first glance. But there are plenty of guys in Vegas right now who can move and handle the ball. Where Mudiay differentiates himself is in the way he moves in the pick-and-roll.
Mudiay knows exactly how to rub off the screener as he turns the corner to get the absolute most possible space away from his man. Then, he knows exactly how to keep the defender on his back when entering theBrazilian legend Zico says AC Milan fans can be excited about Lucas Paqueta.Paqueta impressed for Milan after his January arrival.And Zico says there’s much more to come from the youngster, stating: “Paqueta? He has a ton of quality. “I’ve known him since he was young, the best position for him is the mezzala one.”Zico played in Italy for Udinese. lane in order to keep an open lane to the basket. After, like a quarterback working through his progressions on a passing play, Mudiay will survey his options all over the court and often find the one with the best chance of success, whether that means keeping it for himself or more likely finding a kickout to a shooter or a dump-off to a big man. It’s an impressive skill for a 19-year-old to have, and it stands out from the pack in this group of players.
He’s still not a finished product, as his jump shot still (as advertised) has a lot of work to go. Also, he’s turning the ball over quite a bit this week, as his six turnovers against Sacramento weren’t great. Often, he’ll try to do a little bit too much as opposed to making the simple play, and it’s something he’ll learn from this season. However, there’s a lot to like with what we’ve seen from him so far, and I’m sure the are thrilled about their decision right now, especially given the uncertainty regarding ‘s future right now.
No, this isn’t a joke somehow. I’m not kidding. The former No. 2 overall pick was ejected from the D-League Select Team’s second Summer League game in Vegas this week after getting two technical fouls over the course of a moment. He also then had a few choice words for some chairs in the makeshift locker room in Cox Pavilion, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Hasheem Thabeet, playing for D-League, just got two technical fouls and was ejected. Now beating up chair in locker room area.
— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC)
What did the chairs ever do to you, Hasheem?
Powell was the No. 46 pick in the NBA Draft this year by the and traded to Toronto. That move looks like it’s going tasaray will pay a loan fee 1.5m euros (£1.34m) with the option to make the move permanent for 18m euros (£15.2m) next summer.The Ivory Coast international joined Fulham from French club Nice last July.He made 32 appearances for the Cottagers but coo pay dividends for the , as the confident Powell has been absolutely killing it in Las Vegas this week in his first two games. On Sunday, particularly, Powell brought the entire package. He showed off a better handle than we’ve seen from him at UCLA and a more confident jump shot to go with the athleticism and motor that we always knew that you could count on him to bring.
Powell could be one second-rounder who pushes for playing time this season, depending on how the wing situation in Toronto shakes out with incumbents and as well as newcomer . It’s not tough to see why a coach like Dwayne Casey would like him even as a rookie.
Some unfortunate injuries — very few serious, luckily — this week have actually killed a bit of the momentum from Orlando and Utah. is being held out so far as a precaution after knicking his ankle up in a fall back in Utah. DeAndre Daniels has a Jones fracture in his foot and will miss some time. Three — , Clint Capela and — are missing time due to various ailments. has a bruised hip. Corey Hawkins from UC Davis — an undrafted free agent that could legitimately make the — has a sprained ankle that’s keeping him out and not allowing him to make an impression. Jordan McRae has an injured foot. has an injured hamstring. Really, it’s quite an epidemic at this event.
It’s a lot of guys on the shelf for this kind of event, and let’s hope they can get back before the end of the week.
Jarrid Famous has really worked to improve his game over the course of the last three seasons since leaving South Florida, and mect Alberto Soro has stalled.The two clubs have already reached agreement over a fee rising to €5m. Real Madrid would pay €2.5m up front with a further €2.5m due in bonuses.However, AS says the deal is now suspended due to the player’s personalay finally be on the verge of a deal. Famous scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in 25 minutes on Sunday for the Summer League team. Rebounding and defense is Famous’ ticket to the NBA, after he was a monster on the glass in the D-League this past season with a 30-plus percent defensive rebounding rate and a near-20 percent offensive rebounding rate. In 27 games, Famous averaged nearly 15 rebounds per contest, which led the league. That, plus he’s a pretty mobile athlete at nearly 7-feet tall. At the very least, you have to think a big man-starved team could afford to bring him to training camp and see what he’s got. The real question is just going to be whether or not a team shells out a guarantee. I wouldn’t be totally shocked at this point if that happened.