A First Taste of Summer League

  • I had a prior engagement tonight that caused me to miss the first half, so I’m just tuning into summer league play for the first time.  First play I catch is Brandon Jennings harassing a King by helping off his man (Ty Evans) and forcing a steal that Amir Johnson picks up for a windmill jam.  Beautiful.
  • Two possessions later Evans leaves Jennings behind him and gets to the hoop…only to be blocked by Amir.
  • A Wes Matthews sighting as he is unable to convert a reverse layup.
  • First half ends with the Bucks down 43-39.  Evans must have been beating Jennings up; he’s the Kings leading scorer.
  • Upon reading David Thorpe’s tweets from court side I see Evans has six assists to go with his 13 points, impressive.
  • Interesting point about PG’s from one of the announcers.  He thinks you can coach someone into being a passer ala Chauncey Billups.  To me, the problem with that is you won’t have that guy on your team by the time he’s ready to be a real NBA point guard.  That’s why Evans seems risky as a point project.
  • I didn’t know exactly which guy on the court Jodie Meeks was until I saw him nail his first catch and shoot jumper.  It was clear then.
  • I think the next step in Joe Alexander’s evolution will involve a haircut.  I’m sorry Joe, but you have Joey hair right now.  You don’t want to be a Joey.
  • Wes for three!  Good to see.
  • Jennings to Johnson for a MEGA lob.  Just inside half court, wonderful.
  • And they hook up again, this time from much closer, but still a terrific looking hammer.
  • By the time I finished typing that Jennings dished another assist for a dunk to Alexander.  He’s at 11.  I’m beginning to get a little excited for October.  He’ll at least make this season interesting, right?
  • Jennings with a terrific steal and goes right at Evans for a layup.  Seeing him finish is exciting, that seemed to be a knock on him.  Evans isn’t a small guy either.  Five steals! 57-51 Bucks.
  • Mbah a Moute misses a pull up jumper.  Not really his shot.  I’d rather see him planting himself outside the arc and shooting a three if he really wants to use this time to work on something.
  • Jennings comes back down to Earth with a poor looking fade away airball that he had no business shooting.
  • Meeks a nice kick out to Jennings for three.  That was a much better and more balanced shot out of him.
  • Wesley with the and1.  Announcer says it’s his second of the night and he’s sitting at 14 points.
  • I don’t know that Jennings is a bad shooter, he just sometimes takes real bad shots where his balance is off and he ends up on one leg.  If he could cut those out I bet his percentage would look even better.  I think once the season starts we’ll be seeing a lot less of those.  My gut tells me Scott Skiles head might explode if he saw a few of those in one quarter.
  • Evans blows by Jennings.  He’s a specimen that Evans is.
  • Meeks is ill, 7-10 with 17 points.
  • I’m digging Mbah a Moute’s Baron Davis JR. Beard.
  • JC Palacios is much less active than I expected.  I thought he might be flying all over the place making bodies move and grabbing rebounds.  I haven’t seen him do anything of note.  Nice dunk by Lorenzo Wade though.
  • The amount of overreacting to Jennings that is being done on the BrewHoop thread is pretty incredible.  And I’m doing my best to help lead the charge.  How obvious is it that the Bucks haven’t been exciting for a while?
  • Palacios and McNeal exchange crafty floaters.  Go Big East.
  • Vintage McNeal: steal up top leads to a fast break where he fails to finish.
  • Evans is so overpowering.  He’s over 20 as the Bucks are up 72-67.
  • Jennings is back in and promptly misses a three.  Not too forced.  He’s 3-11 from the field, but I consider that irrelevant.
  • Jennings with a layup, 78-74 Bucks.
  • Alexander is getting to the line a lot.   7-8 for the evening on his free throws.
  • Alexander creates some space for himself and hits a nice step back from the free throw line.  That seems about the correct range for that shot for him.
  • For as much as it seems like Jennings shoots he is a very willing passer.  Left a nice dime for Amir who got hammered underneath.  82-78 good guys with three minutes to go.
  • Jennings likes to really put pressure on guys in the back court, I don’t know how effective that’ll be during the year, but I like it right now.  He was just able to draw a foul on Ty Evans.
  • After an airball by Alexander Evans knifed through the Bucks defense drawing a foul.  He does have a nice handle.
  • Jennings drives and kicks to Meeks for three.  I hope I’m saying that a lot in the next few years.  Meeks has been VERY effective, VERY quietly.
  • 87-84 1:00 to go.  Jennings forces nothing and finds Johnson for a layup.  Maturity.
  • Johnson was fouled and hit one free throw.
  • Evans gets fouled going to the cup again.  That guy is hitting the deck like he’s D-Wade or something, man.  He’s relentless.  He hits both FT’s and it’s 88-86 Bucks with 25 seconds to go.
  • Jennings drills a one footed three with less than ten seconds to go.  Wonderful. Wonderful.  Wonderful.
  • Evans final line: 33 pts, 9 rebounds, 7 assists, 8 TO’s, 17-19 from the stripe.
  • Jennings final line: 13 pts, 14 assists, 7 steals, 4 TO’s, one dagger and a group of fans singing his praises.

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