After winning their first game of the Orlando Summer League in blowout fashion, the Grizzlies followed that performance with a close loss to the Detroit Pistons on day two. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope balled out all game, and the Grizzlies just couldn't overcome their shooting woes to get the victory.
Here's a breakdown of how each individual player fared in game two.
Jarnell Stokes, 16 points on 6-9 shooting, 12 rebounds
Stokes followed up a good performance on day one with an even better performance on day two. He demonstrated soft touch on his mid-range jumper, which is a huge part of his development going forward. He possesses odd mechanics on his mid-range jumper, as he turns his body a great deal sideways upon the release. A straight follow through would help him a great deal. Just like he did in college, Stokes continues to carve out space for himself around the rim to grab boards. Many wondered how Stokes would fair on both ends of the floor given his height disadvantage at his position, but so far he has faired well on both sides of the ball using mainly his girth and strength. He didn't give up an inch in the paint today, forcing his man to catch the ball away from the block and work for a good shot. Offensively, his post game is unrefined, but he does have a go to spin move that is deceptively quick and got him a powerful reverse dunk against the Pistons.
Jordan Adams, 20 points, 7-7 from the free throw line, 7 rebounds
Adams continues to play the game in a silky smooth fashion. He looks most comfortable either as a spot up shooter or with the ball in his hands driving to the rim. He looks uncomfortable when his path is blocked and he is forced to work in between the two aforementioned areas of the floor. Thus far, he still looks like a potent slasher despite reportedly losing 20 lbs to get in better shape. He got to the rim seven times and had two and 1s in the fourth quarter to help the Grizzlies rally from behind and make it a close game again. If he can prove that he can still absorb contact and finish through it at the rim, then the Grizzlies will be very happy with this pick for many years to come. Defensively, Adams needs work. He lacks defensive awareness, as he frequently gets caught gambling and ball-watching. Also, he bailed out a three-point shooter with little time left on the shot clock once. He has to know the situation defensively. Overall though, he's been one of the most impressive rookies at summer league so far.
Jamaal Franklin, 8 points on 2-14 shooting (0-5 from three), 5 rebounds, 4 assists
Much like his first day, Franklin's second day was a mixed bag. 0-5 from three is not what the Grizzlies management wants to see in the box score from Franklin, as his improvement from deep is the biggest part of his development right now. He was ice cold most of the night, but still managed to make his presence felt by getting to the free throw line, racking up assists, and rebounding the ball. Typically a strong defender, Franklin struggled today against Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who was easily the best player on the floor. KCP finished with 30 points, many of those after breaking down Franklin. Franklin's jumper still needs work. He gets little lift when he shoots. That's fine and even preferred for a lot of guys in the league, but in Franklin's case, it causes a lot of his shots to lack any arc. Expect better out of Franklin during the remainder of summer league. He is better than the level he has been performing at so far.
Jannis Timma, 0 points, 3 turnovers
Overwhelmed. That's the one word that can be used to describe Timma's two summer league performances so far. The scary thing is this - Timma struggled mightily in last year's summer league, too. It's not terrible for just a second-year player, but you would like to see improvement in comfort level. He looks engulfed by the speed around him and stays playing catch up. He would benefit greatly from coming over to the D-League to play at this fast pace more frequently, but that seems unlikely right now.
Joe Jackson, 10 points on 4-5 shooting
The Memphis native looked much better today as a whole. He was pretty effective with the ball in his hands. He looked comfortable running the pick-and-roll and getting into the lane, which is encouraging. Jackson won't make an NBA roster this season for multiple reasons, not least his inconsistency. However, performing well in the summer league could help him get a shot in the D-League, where NBA decision makers and talent evaluators are always lurking.
Scottie Wilbekin, 2 points, 2 assists
Wilbekin looks comfortable with the ball in his hands just like he did at Florida, but bigger defenders can really bother him. He struggles to create his own shot, which is a problem since he is a point guard that doesn't get many spot-up opportunities. He's demonstrated his ability to dish the ball, and it helps that shooters have been knocking down shots for him. For Wilbekin, it's all about size. He's small for the NBA, and with no real plus skill, it will be tough for him to stick anywhere.
Jack Cooley, 9 points, 4 rebounds
"He has all of the motor and none of the upside" is a phrase my friend Sam Vecenie over at Upside & Motor uses to describe Aaron Craft. The same holds true for Jack Cooley. That's not a great position to be in, but he truly makes the most of his abilities. He will never be outworked, and effort alone is why he got another summer league invite.
Jarrid Famous, 2 points, 1 broke jumper
Famous basically just continues to shoot ugly jumpers. He had a hook shot and a mid-range jumper that both caught nothing but air today. Oof.
Okaro White, 11 points on 4-9 shooting, 4 rebounds
White's got a smooth game, and he has a knack for finding open pockets to slide into to make himself available to the ball-handler. He's got range on his jumper, and he could be a decent D-League player this upcoming season. White possesses that patented Grizzlies spirit. All heart, grit, grind.
Terrico White, 4 points, 2 rebounds
White, another native Memphian, looks so promising at times, but more often than not it's tough to notice he's even on the court. That's not a good thing.
Deon Thompson, 1 assist
The Grizzlies next game will be on Tuesday at 3:00 PM ET against the Orlando Magic.