|mbuser (4341 posts) 8/30/2012 1:14 PM|
What summer league play reinforces about Anthony Randolph is that he can dominate statistically in a free-form setting. The less structure, the better Randolph does. His career per-36s are still spectacular (17.4 pts, 10.4 reb, 1.3 stl, 2.2 blk), it's just that the production only comes essentially in garbage time. Ask him to be a rotation regular within a typical team concept and he becomes a liability. Card-carrying Ant-Rand Anonymous member here, but if there is one "system" in which he may not be a complete and total loss with regular minutes, it's on a team that is attempting to set a pace record (yes, Denver).
Daye, Davis, and Morris, I'm not overly-impressed with good performances, because that should be expected from all three of them. I don't think any of us would be down on any of those three players if large roles were in the cards for their respective NBA teams, let alone against summer squads.
Taking a look down the rankings...
Bernard James can bang (26 min, 9 reb, 1.4 stl, 2.6 blk). He'll need a major injury for playing time, but could do some things with it and will be among the easiest players in the league to root for. He'll foul a ton and miss 45% of his FTA, though.
Some people are thinking that a change of scenery is all that Wesley Johnson (20.5 pts, 48/45/94, 2.3 3pt) needed. I'm not among them, but the excellent offensive numbers are notable, at the very least. I'm just not convinced that he'll ever truly be ready for prime time.
Jimmy Butler (20.8 pts, 43/50/90, 9.8 fta, 1 3pt, 6.5 reb) is behind two huge injury risks (Rip, Deng). I don't see how he isn't playing regular minutes throughout the season.
Terrence Jones (18.2 pts, 50/33/76, 0.4 3pt, 8.6 reb) was an excellent pickup for the Rockets. The FC picture is so crowded (Patterson, Royce White, Motiejuanas), but it's hard to argue against Jones as the player with the most stat-stuffing potential of the group.
I'm really intrigued by Jae Crowder's game (16.6 pts, 42/37/59, 2 3pt, 5.4 reb, 2 stl, 0.8 blk). Versatile numbers at Marquette [stats] and looks like an ideal complement to the offensive alphas that the Mavs have in place.
Bradley Beal was okay, not great (17.6 pts, 42/30/72, 7.2 fta, 1.2 3pt, 4.6 reb, 1 stl, 1 blk). Nice to see lots of free throws and the defensive numbers, but the one thing that can give him an edge on Jo.Crawford for a starting gig is shooting efficiency, and we didn't see that.
John Jenkins can shoot (15.6 pts, 51/44/75, 1.6 3pt) but won't play much if Devin Harris stays on the roster.
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