The games are meant to be a preview of what to come the next season. A look at who can play, who needs to improve, and who is not going to make it as an NBA player. There wasn’t a whole lot to look at in the first summer league game for the Memphis Grizzlies. Most players are what we have seen before, with very few surprises.
Lets start with the good things that happened in todays game. Wayne Selden showed why got a guaranteed contract from the Grizzlies this offseason. Selden showed out with 28 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, and a game winner.
Selden was great today, but he is a legitimate NBA player who should be dominating his competition in Summer League, and that’s exactly what he did. Deyonta Davis showed his rebounding skills grabbing 14 rebounds, but he has to find a way to score the basketball and contribute on offense for this team. Wade Baldwin was both good and bad, but I am going to leave him in the good section because he dropped 19 points. He has to see the court better and make a plan before he drives. Most of the time he drives the ball without having any idea what he will do when jumps, so you get a lot of pass outs and turnovers.
Dillon Brooks and Kobi Simmons were both just mediocre, didn’t a lot of things really well except for Kobi passing the ball. Simmons court vision and passing ability was nothing short of impressive. Brooks on the other hand just didn’t make an impression either way.
Jarell Martin is the oldest player on the team and is going in to his third year. He is the one that should be competing and dominating other summer league players, but he didn’t. Martin was -1 in 28 minutes, scoring 13 points on 12 shots. That isn’t exactly what you want to see from a prospect that has been on your team for two years. Martin consistently is out of place on defense, didn’t seem to be able to rotate fast enough, and that is just against summer league competition.
Rade Zagorac was also not very good today, and he rightfully overwhelmed at the speed and athleticism that is in the NBA. Rade struggled staying in front of players on the dribble and did not shoot the ball well at all. The shooting will come with time, he has a good looking shot, and once he gets comfortable that should turn around. Being able to play defense in the NBA? That might another story altogether.
Rade Zagorac after the first win in Summer League today pic.twitter.com/mg7FYdgedH— Grizzly Bear Blues (@sbnGrizzlies) July 8, 2017
The lone surprise for me came in 3 minutes of game action. Amir Williams played 3 minutes, only score 2 points, but was a positive force in those minutes of action. I would like to see more of him, but while he was on the court his activity level was always high. He made it difficult for people to shoot over him and he was always fighting for the ball, not much to go on, but it was enough to keep me intrigued.