Archives For NBA Summer League

As Steve discussed earlier, the precise relationship between the Summer League and competition is a little foggy. We know the wins and losses mean almost nothing; we know that two thirds of the Wolves’ Summer League roster won’t be around in September. And yet it was still a little disheartening to see the stagnant mess that was the Wolves’ offense for much of the tournament. And it was still pretty cool to see that offense turn itself on and really flow as it did in the team’s final game, against the Pelicans. What do we take away from this? Well, for one, I think we discover what happens when Shabazz Muhammad takes half of your team’s shots.

I think we also discovered that most of the players the Wolves invited to Summer League really lacked the dynamism to get a real look in the NBA. Sorry to fans of Matt Janning, Dennis Horner, D.J. Kennedy and Markel Starks, who all showed flashes of skill but all struggled, for various reasons, to really hang.  Jordan Morgan some charges and worked the glass, but his lack of size, skill and explosiveness really showed. Brady Heslip is, without a doubt, one of the purest shooters I have ever seen. Heslip is so pure, in fact, that it’s a damn shame he looked so overmatched in every other phase of the game. Depending on what happens with Kevin Love, the Wolves will probably have an open roster spot or two. Unfortunately, I don’t think any of these guys have a real shot. So: on to some players who we might be seeing in the fall.

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Endless Summer

Benjamin Polk —  June 16, 2010 — Leave a comment

Who loves the NBA Summer League!? Who wants to go to Vegas?! Answers: Me! Not me!

In case you do find yourself in that city of dreams and/or happen upon a midsummer craving for some Ryan Hollins, here is the T-Wolves Summer League schedule:

DATE   OPPONENT   LOCATION   TIPOFF (CDT)

July 12   San Antonio   Thomas & Mack   5:30 p.m.

July 14   Sacramento   COX Pavilion   9:00 p.m.

July 16   Memphis   COX Pavilion   9:00 p.m.

July 17   Portland    COX Pavilion   9:00 p.m.

July 18   Atlanta    Thomas & Mack   5:30 p.m.

Oh, and if that wasn’t summer-y enough, feast your ears, ride the tide, fall in love: