In the last game of Vegas Summer League for participants in the Consolation Bracket, the Grizzlies beat the Nuggets in a tight contest, 91-84. Normally, outcomes of these Summer League games mean much less than the performance of individuals on the squad, but it does feel a little nice to have the team go out on a win, when they had been so bad before.
There weren’t too many major notes from this game as opposed to previous outings: Jack Cooley was still impressive, smart, efficient, and not likely to find a roster spot; Timma and Van Der Blue looked terrible.
There were a couple notes to make, though. First and foremost: Gerald Robinson came up big. I’ve been high on him for a little while, saying that he was smart and crafty, and he showed it off today with 16 points on 7-10 shooting, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, with most of that coming in the second half to lead the comeback to win the game.
Robinson has been impressive the last several games, and apparently I’m not the only one who noticed. It’s worth mentioning that Tony Wroten had a much smaller role when it came to ball handling, mostly deferring to Van Der Blue — and more importantly — Robinson in this game. In part, the larger role for Robinson is probably a reason he came up bigger than he had been previously.
His performance tonight aside, though, Robinson still probably doesn’t have the requisite athleticism or finishing ability to compensate for his small size in the real NBA. A pity, since he’s a really smart, fun player to watch.
Wroten, too, was less aggressive to add to his diminished role handling the ball. Which isn’t really a bad thing: he attacked the basket less, but as a result, he got off quite a few more nice passes. Wroten’s distribution was in full force today, and he looked much better than when he attacked the rim only to miss gimme layups. Wether that’s encouraging for the long term, though, is hard to say.
Donte Greene, too, looked better than he had. Greene shows signs of brilliance; he’s a voracious rebounder, a hard worker, and has shown some pretty good vision too. Unfortunately, he’s also a gunner who works mainly in iso. At best, he’s probably Rudy Gay lite. As much as I wanted to like Greene after hitting some great shots today (and some 3s. He actually hit some threes!) I just have a hard time justifying giving a player with his style a roster spot.
That’s it for this recap, but be sure to drop by later for a more comprehensive analysis of what to make out of this Summer League!