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September 16, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports
Summer League Surprises
- PG Trey Burke (Jazz) – After a great college tournament, Burke was believed to be the top PG in the draft who deserved to go in the top 5, maybe even top 3. He struggled mightily in the Summer League games looking lost at times and turnover prone. Hopefully, this proves to be a learning experience and he can earn the starting PG spot that awaits him in Utah. If not, then the Jazz point guard struggles will continue.
- PF/C Bismack Biyombo (Bobcats) – Despite still not having an offensive game and being a veteran on the floor, Biyombo did a good job of finally showing some of his potential on the defensive end. He is a solid rebounder, but must continue to show better. If he keeps up his energy and hustle, he will be a key defensive player off the bench for the bobcats.
- SF/PF Otto Porter – Porter was another player I expected to dominate in the summer league, but he never really made his mark. He was able to do a little bit of everything just like he did in college, but the numbers in each category was minimal. With the return of wingmen Trevor Ariza and Martell Webster, Porter will have to compete for minutes. His potential is still high and with his draft status he should be given some opportunity to play.
- PF Jack Conley ND (Grizzlies) – Undrafted out of Notre Dame, Conley was a double-double type player, who displayed a good mid-range game to match his post game; showing better range than believed. He was the star on the team and really controlled the paint. He was one of the best players in the summer games, despite being undrafted.
- PF/C Jeremy Tyler (Knicks) – Tyler was probably the best player on the Knicks summer squad, bringing tough and physical play in the paint. He used his body to control the paint and grab rebounds. He seems ready to be a solid reserve on a team that needs more than C Tyson Chandler. Tyler appears to have been training hard.
- SG/PG Khalif Wyatt Temple (Sixers) – An undrafted free agent combo guard and Philly native Wyatt made the best of his stint with the Sixers. He had two big scoring games of 25 and 27 points displaying his scoring abilities while showing that he is a good combo guard. He should continue to improve now that he has earned a roster spot by playing with toughness and athleticism on the court.
- SF Jordan Hamilton (Denver) – Hamilton was inconsistent with his scoring, but showed a good scoring touch. He has been quiet for last couple seasons, but he should help replace Brewer and Iggy by providing athleticism and scoring off the bench this season. He showed that he is a willing defender and good rebounder.
- PG/SG Ian Clark Belmont University (Jazz) – Clark was the Summer League Championship Game MVP with the Warriors and scored 15+points in 5 games with the Heat in the Orlando Summer League. He displayed a nice 3-point shot and the ability to drive to the basket. He appeared to be more league ready than the more well-known PG Trey Burke.
- PG/SG Tyshawn Taylor (Nets) – Taylor displayed good scoring ability and improved passing in the Summer Games which should help him get on the court. He appears to have been working at his game and could contribute off the bench this year.
- PG Dwight Buyucks (Raptors) French Pro league/NBDL – The biggest surprise of the summer league, Buyucks lead in points, assists, and displayed that he is a good rebounder. He played for both the Thunder and Raptors in the Summer League with the Raptors giving him a roster spot. He absolutely dominated the competition showing that he has been working hard to improve his game. Expect him to make the most of his opportunity.
- SF/PF Solomon Hill (Pacers) – Hill was a rookie known to have great athleticism, but he put on a show some games in the Summer League. He displayed an all-around game as a passer, shooter, scorer, and defender; if he can put it all together he could be a breakout star soon in this league. This season expect him to score in spurts putting up stats in all categories in limited minutes.
- The Morris Twins, PF/C Markieff Morris and SF/PF Marcus Morris, seemed very comfortable playing next to each other, as both had solid increased outputs. This could lead to good chemistry which is a good thing for Suns similar to the Kansas days. Let’s see if it translates into the regular season.
- PG/SG Andrew Goudelock, PG Josh Akognon, and PF/C Malcolm Thomas all bounced around the league, D-League, and overseas, but had great Summer League games. I wish them the best on their quest to join a roster.