Summer league roundup

The NBA Las Vegas Summer League ended yesterday on an up note for Donte Greene. After scoring 40 in his first game, he was up and down for the rest of the week. His 2nd game he had 17 points but on only 5-17 shooting, with 5 rebounds and 4 turnovers. That was the Donte that we saw too often towards the end of last season. He turned it around a bit in game 3 with 19 points on a reasonable 7-15 from the floor, and had 5 boards and 3 blocks. Game 4 was another clunker: 15 points on 5-19 shooting and 5 turnovers. But game 5, last night, he bounced back with 22 points on 9-16 shooting. He cut his turnovers down to 2, and had three steals and three boards. Perhaps most importantly for his development, he only attempted three 3-pointers (making one), whereas in each of the previous games he’d put up at least 8 tries from deep. He finishes the camp averaging 22.6ppg, 3.6rpg, shooting 42.5% from the field, 36.8% from deep, and 86.2% from the free throw line, and (as Mike Waters linked a few days ago) learning a few things about himself… or not.

Darryl Watkins’ camp ended on Thursday with a 4-point, 2-rebound, 15-minute effort. He averaged 3.8 ppg and 2.6 rpg for the week, which should not be enough to get him a training camp invitation. He could end up in the D-League again this year but unless his game improves enough to get him another sniff of the Association, he’ll have to head overseas pretty soon to start making a bit of money. (The D-League doesn’t pay nearly as well as comparable European leagues.)

We’ll keep our noses peeled for any more juice that comes down the pipeline over the summer but chances are you won’t be hearing from us much over the next monthplus — though I’m sure there will be an obligatory football post or two towards the end of August.

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