Discussion in 'Portland Trail Blazers' started by Wizard Mentor, Jun 14, 2019.
Simons shot is soooo smooth.
Hoard's decision making is brutal at times
Simons and Trent look like NBA players and Hoard looks like a good 2 way pick up. The rest better get use to the G league or Europe. As for Simons playmaking, not sure if he's there yet or will get there but the kid can score so he has a place. I see him possibly in a rotation but either Lillard or McCollum will need to be on the floor with him.
So what does Little do again?
If Simons is not Dame's backup, imma riot.
Walking the concourse after the game, saw Gary Trent, Sr.
I love Summer League.
Simons goes for 35. The rest ... MIA
I'm happy that Simons and Trent are playing well.
I'm meh on Simons running the team.
I'm unhappy that Skal isn't playing, Hoard isn't starting, Little isn't starting, and Daum not getting a lot of PT, or plays run for him.
Not thrilled about being 1-2, but it feels like we're not playing our actual team.
My SL starters would be:
Being a huge UK fan I knew Herro was gonna be a stud, he’s gonna own that town just watch.
I did think it would take him one more season at UK to be this good however.
Alright @dviss1 why are you bumping all these threads?
My guess is that he's so displeased with the ref challenge concept that he wants to push it down (and possibly off of) the main page.
More like the zombie threads.
Nyce #1 & #2 (from Las Vegas Review-Journal's perspective)
Top 5 performances (so far) of Vegas Summer League
2. Gary Trent Jr., Guard, Portland Trail Blazers
Trent Jr. didn’t get to show much during his rookie season in Portland.
July 7 against the Houston Rockets, he showed everyone what he could do.
Trent Jr., a 2018 second-round pick, had 31 points, six rebounds and five assists in a 97-87 win. He was remarkably efficient, needing just 12 shots to reach his point total thanks to a 6-of-7 mark from 3.
He made a pretty good case that he should receive a raise on the 7.4 minutes he averaged per game last season.
1. Anfernee Simons, Guard, Trail Blazers
If this list is any indication the Trail Blazers, who reached the Western Conference Finals last season, have plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future.
Simons, the No. 24 pick in 2018, made his case for a larger role July 9 against the Utah Jazz where he was practically unstoppable despite his team losing 97-93. He scored 35 points (still a Vegas Summer League high this year) while going 13-of-18 from the floor and 6-of-7 from 3.
He threw in six rebounds, two assists and two steals in the performance of the event (so far).
My impressions so far, trying to focus on what players could potentially offer rather than results.
Simons- guy can score on all levels. Not sure about running an offense this coming season. It’s obvious he’s still raw in that department but that’s expected since he’s naturally a two. He can only get better. He’s also got a couple months to add some weight, although I think his strength is a little underrated.
Trent- guy had an nba body last year but this year he looks like wes Matthews in his prime, physically. He’s gotta be hovering around 220. I like the potential of his inside out game but you can still see how raw it is. For example I think his post up game has real potential he just needs to do a better job of backing down/establishing closer to the basket instead of bailing defenders out with tough attempts. Same with his shot. When he’s in the flow of the offense or set he’s really good. When he starts jacking up crazy shots he’s not. But it’ll be interesting to see how he does in a more structured setting because Stotts isn’t going to let him go wild anyway. His passing has looked better than Simons’ tbh. Not really a knock on Simons, just an evolution in his game.
Little- I’m not surprised he hasn’t put up numbers in this setting because everything about him right now screams role player. He’s barely even had an opportunity to have the ball in his hands so maybe my assessment of that is off. His energy and athleticism will translate immediately and should be another guy that will stand out more when he’s surrounded by better players, if that makes sense.
Hoard- he’s looked more polished than I was expecting. Like if he were to be put in an nba game I don’t think he’d embarrass himself. I think as far as comps go he’s somewhere between Aminu and Harkless. He’s more skilled than Aminu but not as athletic as Moe. I said he was more of a three when he was signed but now I think he could be more of a four after he’s done developing physically. He’s another guy that profiles well as a role player.
Beyond those guys no one else is really worth talking about as I doubt any of them will be signed. Daum looks overmatched athletically. Robinson is probably the closest one to a contract but probably not with Portland.
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