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  1. kvin2
    Posts: 46

    Posted 07/14/2009 3:02 AM

    The Blazers lost our first Summer League game tonight. Which is not really very concerning. The scores of the games are completely meaningless; going undefeated in Summer League is the exact same as going winless. What does matter, however, are the individual performances. The Blazers only have four players on their summer league roster that have a prayer of making the team: Jerryd Bayless, Dante Cunningham, Jeff Pendergraph, and Patty Mills. Mills, of course, broke his foot, so he will be overseas for a year or two before he joins the Blazers (if ever). But here's how The other three did: Dante Cunningham: had 21 pts to go along with 9 rbs. Shot well, but was inconsistent (8-17), but did make 5 of 6 freethrows. Jeff Pendergraph: He only had 12 pts, but also had 9 rbs. This is actually a better stat line than Cunningham's, as he was at Center the whole night and was being guarded by a 7 footer who has 10 pounds on him. Personally I feel that Pendergraph has the better chance of making the team than Cunningham due to his size and all-around versatility in being able to play and guard both the PF and C positions. Cunningham at 6'8", 230 is significantly smaller than Pendergraph at 6'10", 240. Bayless: the most impressive player on the court, he had 22 pts to go along with 7 ast, 4 rbs, a steal and 6 TOs. This is impressive for several reasons. First, he didn't show us anything new. We always knew he could score and rebound. Second, he DID show us something new: those 7 ast showed us that he is becoming an actual PG. But what is equally impressive are WHERE his pts came from. He only shot 7-17, 1-2 from 3-pt range. 7 of his pts came from the charity stripe, which is HUGE. Those 7 pts and 7 ast show that he is beginning to direct the offense, not just create his own shot. He can drive and dish and run the offense. While not a great performance, this is a VAST improvement over last year, when his whole mission in summer league was to score. The 6 TO's were to be expected. They came from a combination of not having a lot of options to pass to, this being his first game in nearly 3 months, playing with brand-new players, and the fact that this was his first game at the "pro" level playing all of his minutes being the primary PG where he has been asked to completely run the offense. He is smart enough, determined enough, and talented enough to make the transition to PG and be a solid backup for this year. As a side note, his AST-to-TO ratio and his shooting percentage will go through the roof when he is playing with the likes of Przybilla/Rudy/Webster/Batum/Roy/Aldridge/Oden.
    I am a fan of B-Roy changing EVERYTHING.
  1. David
    Posts: 53

    Posted 07/14/2009 8:42 AM

    its obvious. BAYLESS IS A KING! dude has it all. A jumper, hops, ball-handling, defensive skills... all of these attributes are complemented by a desire to progress, willingness to take coaching, and a winning attitude.
    In short, I heartily believe he will develope and become a premier point guard somewhere along the line.
    I am a fan of ooh right in his face!
  1. Posted 07/14/2009 10:26 AM

    I was really really impressed with Cunningham. I thought he looked composed, and not afraid to try things. He seems to have quite an old head on young shoulders. Obviously time will tell on that as this is the first time I've seen him properly.

    Pendergraph I really really like. Saw him quite a few times last season and was genuinely pleased that we picked him up in the draft. As you say he was at centre and his numbers were pretty decent. He can also play those two positions so I think he will rapidly become a part of our second unit.

    What can you say about Bayless? I think you covered most of it. He really did seem to grab his chance to govern the match. He showed an ability to make the right decisions, showed a lovely range of shooting, got to the foul line, and as stated, a fair amount of assists. I personally am quite happy with Steve Blake but can see why people feel we should perhaps get a more seasoned PG in. Bayless is definitely stepping up for that backup spot and hopefully he can keep doing it in the summer leagues. I'm not too concerned about his points this summer league as we all know the boy can score, I'll be watching his decision making and execution.

    It's nice to be watching basketball again, even if it is summer leagues :)
    I am a fan of not being a fan of the close season :)
  1. Kim~
    Posts: 1137

    Posted 07/14/2009 6:35 PM

    I was impressed with Cunningham too.  

    Travis, come to camp ready, looks like you could have 2 youngsters breathing down your neck for playing time now.
    I am a fan of scrapping !
  1. kvin2
    Posts: 46

    Posted 07/14/2009 8:35 PM

    The other thing that I didn't mention is that Pendergraph and Cunningham could potentially make Outlaw completely expendable whether or not we end up getting Millsap. (I honestly don't believe we're going to get Millsap. Utah will match the offer because the luxury tax implications for matching our offer to Millsap don't kick in until the Feb. trade deadline so the Jazz can wait until then to find a trade partner.) If they progress how KP and Coach Nate would like, Outlaw could be packaged in a trade, as Cunningham does many of the things Outlaw does, plus plays defense, and Pendergraph is extremely versatile and gives us a completely different look. So between Blake and Outlaw, we have $7.6 mil in expiring contracts, plus $3.8 mil more in trade exceptions to be used on whatever.
    I am a fan of B-Roy changing EVERYTHING.
  1. SithLord13
    Posts: 56

    Posted 07/14/2009 10:10 PM

    Final score is irrelevant, how was Bayless? I know he did fine in terms of numbers but how was he as the PG. We should get some more involvement from him this season and hopefully he'll be our PG in a couple years.
    I am a fan of the Rip City, where amazing will happen in 2012
  1. kvin2
    Posts: 46

    Posted 07/14/2009 10:29 PM

    SithLord if you had actually read the post and the subsequent responses, you would have seen the analysis of Bayless' performance, and would have seen where I wrote about how much the results of Summer League games mean. I do in fact mean to be rude, so if you want to post, actually read what's been wrote before you post so you can add to the discussion and say something relevant.
    I am a fan of B-Roy changing EVERYTHING.
  1. SithLord13
    Posts: 56

    Posted 07/14/2009 10:33 PM

    Most comments are stat based or too general (no different than 'he was fine defensively'). I think most people (like me) need a detailed analysis. Especially in the leadership part. The posts were nice to get the general idea but I would like to read more about his game.
    I am a fan of the Rip City, where amazing will happen in 2012
  1. kvin2
    Posts: 46

    Posted 07/15/2009 12:36 AM

    Well thats what your first post should have said. But again with the reading, I and HowardLee talked about his leadership qualities. There's not really a whole lot else to say. You really actually have to use the stats if you want to know how he played. To begin with, his 7 pts from the charity stripe showed a few things: he's getting to the rim more. He's not just launching jumpers. This is significant because he is learning how to read defenses and is learning how to be a PG and break them down. Most of his minutes came at SG last year - now he is actually running the offense. His 7 ast showed that he is starting to learn the other major (and possibly more important) aspect of being a PG, making his teammates better. He's not only being able to break defenses down, but is making the transition from being shoot-first to pass-first - especially when his teammates are open. He's now legitimately running the offense and creating shots for his teammates. His (game high) 22 pts show what we always knew, that he can score when he needs to. If he continues to learn the offense and be able to break defenses down he will be a fantastic backup PG this semester as he adjusts to the speed of the NBA game. In a year or two he will be able to step in as (hopefully, finally) the true PG of the Blazers for years to come. There really isn't anything in there that you shouldn't have been able to get from just the numbers.
    I am a fan of B-Roy changing EVERYTHING.
  1. Tobyus Sanchezo
    Tobyus Sanchezo
    Posts: 1669

    Posted 07/15/2009 2:48 AM

    Pendergraph is gonna tear the rim down Wednesday night! Go Blazers!!
    I am a fan of multiple All-Stars on the Blazers roster this season!
  1. Posted 07/15/2009 6:05 AM

    Really hope so Tobyus. I really do. Travis is my favourite player but as someone stated earlier, I think these two are going to give him a run for his money and he really needs to bring his A game to camp.
    I am a fan of not being a fan of the close season :)
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