2008 NBA Summer League (Part 2)

On Monday, it was all about the rookies in Las Vegas. Stellar performances by Donte Green of the Houston Rockets, Kevin Love of the Minnesota Timberwolves and Jerryd Bayless of the Portland Trailblazers were the highlights of the day as well as the debut of the New York Knicks’ Danilo Gallinari.

Jerryd Bayless was very impressive in his NBA debut for the Portland Trailblazers. He put up 28 points (17 in the first half) on 5-12 shooting and he went to the FT line 23 times, hitting 18 of them. Needless to say, he showed a quick first step in getting to the basket and played a very aggressive ball game. His performance confirmed my previous thoughts on how dangerous the Blazer backcourt is going to be next season.

Donte Green was equally as impressive and almost broke a summer league record by putting up 40 against the Phoenix Suns. He had 36 in the first 3 quarters! He was 12-20 from the field, 5-10 from beyond the arc and 11-12 from the line! Needless to say, he was in the zone. The game was played at a very fast pace but Green didn’t just get his on fast break points. He showed an array of skills while torching the Suns.

 

Kevin Love over came what seemed to be jitters in his first game as a professional but finished the game strong with 18 pts and 13 boards. He committed 4 fouls in the first quarter, but quickly settled in and had a solid performance. With him and Al Jefferson banging down low, rebounds are going to be hard to come by for the opposition. Very scary, very, very scary.

   

Danilo Gallinari showed glimpses of being able to be an effective NBA player.  His first half was something I’m sure he’d like to forget. He went 0-4 from the field to go along with 3 fouls and 3 turnovers and his play was tentative as he looked like he was trying to figure things out. His second half performance was the polar opposite as he went 5-11 with 6 boards and 2 assists finishing the game with 14 pts. Have some patience Knicks fan, it won’t happen right away but this kid looks like a player.

 

 

 

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