Summer League Weekend Wrap

Monday, July 13, 2009

There's a lot to get to after a full weekend of Summer League action in Las Vegas. First, I'll take a look at the Summer League squads of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Toronto Raptors, the two affiliates of the Erie BayHawks. Then, I'll also give an update on a couple of other former BayHawks and what they've done so far in Summer League play.

Cavs results
The Cavs lost their Summer League opener against the Lakers as well as their second game against the Bucks, but Summer League games are not really about wins and losses as much as player development. Also, check out John Krolik's quick thoughts on the Summer League over at Cavs: The Blog, including the important note that points scored is not really the stat to look at when viewing the Summer League box scores.

Five starter points of interest for Cleveland through two games:

  • Second-round pick Danny Green is tied for the team lead with 27 points, but more importantly, the UNC alum has shot 5-10 from 3-point range and is a perfect 6-6 at the line. It looks more and more like he'll be a Cavalier and not a BayHawk during his rookie season.
  • It's no surprise that Darnell Jackson leads the team in minutes played, but Jamont Gordon is right behind him, taking up a lot of the point guard minutes (and producing nine assists to six turnovers.)
  • Maureece Rice has played just 25 minutes, shooting just 1-9 from the field. He does have five assists to his three turnovers though, a slightly better AST/TO ratio than Gordon, but the former BayHawk point guard will need to step it up over the next few games if he's going to make an NBA roster.
  • Tarence Kinsey hasn't shot the ball well, but he leads the team with 11 rebounds.
  • First-round pick Christian Eyenga had just one point in his debut against the Lakers, but he bounced back with 10 points on 4-6 shooting against Milwaukee.
Cavs remaining games
Tuesday vs. Washington
Thursday vs. Dallas
Friday vs. Detroit

Raptors results
Toronto also lost each of its first two games, falling to the Lakers and Pistons on consecutive nights.

Five starter points of interest for Toronto through two games:
  • DeMar DeRozan is one of the most notable players partaking in the action in Vegas. While he's shown some scoring prowess, he's also shot 14-32 with 0 assists and 3 turnovers. On the flipside, it was good to hear that DeRozan is a bit of a gym rat, the first to arrive (via TrueHoop).
  • Brent Petway showed off his athleticism with a highlight dunk and 3 blocks in limited minutes vs. the Lakers.
  • One-time BayHawk Quincey Douby had a pretty efficient game two, netting 21 points on 13 shots, including 2-3 from downtown. He did have 2 turnovers to go with his three assists, however.
  • Smush Parker has struggled with his shot, but he leads the team with 8 assists.
  • Patrick O'Bryant was the only Raptor to pull down double-digit rebounds, grabbing 10 to go with his 10 points against the Pistons.
Raptors remaining games
Today vs. Portland
Wednesday vs. Phoenix
Thursday vs. Milwaukee

Other Erie BayHawks News to Note
  • All D-League 1st-team selection Erik Daniels is on the Memphis Grizzlies Summer League roster. And in their first game yesterday he gets a DNP? I'm not sure what happened here, especially considering the final score of the game was 86-57 Grizzlies. For what it's worth, three other players did not play either, according to the box score.
  • In other news, former BayHawk Darian Townes, who played in the Orlando Summer League with the host Orlando Magic, will be on the training camp roster for the Miami Heat.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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