Sunday, July 13, 2008

HoopTube's Spotlight: Top Ten Summer League Storylines

I'm haven't been catching up on the summer league action but thankfully i found this excellent article from from Dave McMenamin. I just merely added in some images and videos. Click here for the original article

1. Beasley is Beastly ... and then Measley
The Heat's No. 2 pick in the draft, Michael Beasley, lit up the stage in his pro debut with 28 points and nine rebounds in a win against the Bulls on Monday. He followed up that sterling start, however, by struggling mightily against Sean Williams and the Nets on Tuesday as he shot just 1-for-13 from the floor.

Tyrus Thomas gives Beasley a "Welcome" present


2. Rose's Knee is a Thorn in his Side
Derrick Rose came into Orlando with the lofty expectations always thrust upon a No. 1 pick, and so far he has not delivered. The point guard out of Memphis shot a combined 5-for-17 in two games, while racking up eight turnovers. He sat out Chicago's games on Wednesday and Thursday with knee tendonitis.

Rose and Beasley Debut

3. Dante and Galante Hit the Bigtime

Move over Mark Jackson, Mike Breen and JVG; Dante Marchitelli and George Galante and gunning for status as the best broadcast team around. The two Magic goofballs have developed a cult-like following over the past week as they work viewer e-mails and iTunes requests into their game play-by-play. They're brutally honest with their opinions and will leave you laughing by paying homage to classic YouTube clips by saying things like, "Boom! Goes the dynamite," after made baskets.

Dante and Galante Show

4. Westbrook Suprises ...
Sam Presti and Co. raised a few eyebrows by selecting Russell Westbrook out of UCLA when the team already had Earl Watson and Luke Ridnour in the fold and the general sentiment was that they were leaning towards Jerryd Bayless anyway, but Westbrook's play this week has him looking to be a Rookie of the Year contender. The Oklahoma City guard has displayed an offensive game that few knew he possessed as witnessed by his 19 points on 8-for-10 shooting on Tuesday.

He is in there~~ Just look hard enough

5. And So Does Durant ...
While Westbrook surprised with his level of play, Kevin Durant shocked the smattering of folks in attendance by just playing, period. The 2007-08 T-Mobile Rookie of the Year dominated on Tuesday with 22 points on 7-for-10 shooting in a 23-point rout of the Magic.


6. New Twin in Town
Jason Collins, described by one of my colleagues as "the worst starter in NBA Finals history," parted ways with the Nets last season in the Stromile Swift trade, but the addition of Brook Lopez appears to be assuring that Lawrence Frank will be inserting a Stanford twin into his starting lineup once again in 2008-09. The center seemed to get better game by game, finishing with successive point totals of 10, 18, 22, 23 and 25.


7. Remember Haywoode Workman?
The former Indiana point guard from the mid-'90s is trying to make his way back into the NBA. No, this isn't a case of another Pacers player trying to make a comeback to get a ring à la Reggie Miller last year. Haywoode is putting in work as a referee, in hopes of making it back to the league as a whisteblower. Workman, who has previous experience as an official in the CBA and the Los Angeles Summer League, used Orlando as another opportunity to hone his skills.


8. Half-Man, Half-Mentor
Vince Carter already has 10 years of service in the league, so summer league runs aren't quite necessary for him at this stage of his career, but the Florida native has been with his New Jersey teammates all week long, working out and offering encouragement. Now that the "Big Three" of Jason Kidd, Richard Jefferson and Carter has disbanded, perhaps Carter plans on taking on a greater leadership role at IZOD Center this season.
See what VC gotta say abt his rooks


9. Second Round, but not Second Rate
Mario Chalmers hit the shot of his life in the NCAA Tournament to lift Kansas to the title, but now as a second round draft choice playing for Miami, he just wants a shot at having the next stage of his life to consist of playing in the NBA. Chalmers is proving he belongs and put up averages of 17.7 points and 7.0 assists over his first three games.

Mario tripped Rose


10. Even Marcin Gortat Has a Blog

Anybody who read my Rookie Rankings last year knows that Gortat had a spot reserved almost every week in the HNPAMY Club, but that hasn't discouraged the 7-footer from blogging. My favorite line of his so far: "Well I’m going to go home and maybe, I don’t know, pray or try to do something else. Anything that’s necessary to start getting rebounds." Hopefully God reads blogs.

Gortat rookie season mix

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