July 17, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Memphis Grizzlies player Josh Selby (2) reacts after a three-point play during the game against the Washington Wizards at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The thing you have to remember about Summer League basketball is that it's not about the outcome, it's about moments. Sure, the Grizzlies lost to the Wizards, 83-77, yesterday, but who really cares about the final score? I mean, if there's a stretch of basketball where Player X, who is not going to make the roster, commits back-to-back turnovers after missing a mid-rage jumper, causing the game's momentum to turn in favor for the "other team," we can't pound our heads against the desk in frustration. Why? Because Player X has no shot at making out team in the first place. This isn't something we need to "correct," or something that defines our team. Make sense?
It's all about the moments. The moments where we see Josh Selby stroke three-pointer after three-pointer, or the moment when we see Jeremy Pargo distribute the ball to the tune of 7 assists and think to ourselves, "maybe he should be the 14th man on this team." It's about seeing the Tony Wroten "struggle shot" come out and you think to yourself, "maybe he does need to work on his jumper... a lot!" It's those moments that mean more than the struggle of Mitchell Watt or Deon Thompson. That's what you need to remember when watching these games.
With that, here are a few thoughts...
- Selby's shot is just fire right now. So damn hot. He went off and hit 7-of-8 threes on his way to scoring a Summer League high 35 points. Love the confidence, and love the development of his long-range jumper. Love how he's creating on the ball, taking defenders off the dribble. Again... his 3-point shot!! What a huge help he could be this season if he can continue to hit his threes. I will say this, though, as a bit of a criticism: In two Summer League games he has just TWO ASSISTS. He reads much more as a combo guard than a backup point guard. Something to keep in mind.
- Tony Wroten came back to earth a little with his 2-of-9 shooting performance and 3 turnovers and 0 assists in 15 minutes. Look, he's still really, really good. It just goes to show what can happen when you play against better talent. We can't play the Knicks every night, unfortunately.
- The Grizzlies were out-rebounded 56-22, with the Wizards grabbing 23 offensive rebounds, to the Grizzlies 7 offensive boards. Summer League!
- The Grizzlies forced 25 turnovers on 15 steals. And had just 9 total assists, 7 of which belonged to Pargo. Summer League!
- Pargo does have a shot at sticking with this team, despite the talk about him being waived. He did show that he can be a nice 3rd point guard. Though I still think the Grizzlies are going to look to bring in a legitimate backup center. That's not to say they're going to be able to move Pargo based on this performance, but I think he at least helped his cause a little -- whether it be sticking with the Grizzlies or getting a job elsewhere.
Again, let's not get too wrapped up in the final score here or the fact that a bunch of guys who aren't going to make out team were embarrassed off the glass by three guys who are already on the Wizards 2012-13 roster. Let's watch to see how Selby continues to develop and how Wroten bounces back later in the week. Those are what you want to follow in the Summer League, not the end results.