Bucks Diary

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

You gotta Let Love Rule: Rundown of the Vegas Summer League

I did a Win Contribution Chart for the prominent rookies and a few second year men who participated in this year's Vegas Summer League.

My comments about each player's performance are included in the chart. Let me just briefly state that no one, amongst the players I chose to chart, did more poorly than Milwaukee's rookie "Power Forward" Joe Alexander. This guy, unfortunately, does not look NBA ready. Unless he's a hell of a defender, and I hold out hope that he is, he does not appear positioned to contribute at all. So far he does nothing particularly well.

What makes that realization worse for any Bucks fan is that many of the "true" power forwards who were available to the Bucks in this draft, and some of whom the Bucks passed on more than once, had very nice Summer Leagues, albeit brief ones for many of them (some were hurt, others, I think, are just underrated by their own teams -- see, "The Tyranny of Scoring Statistics" for an explanation why).

As for the prominent names from this year's draft who showed up in Vegas, there were not a lot of surprise results. Kevin Love looked simply awesome, as was expected. And OJ Mayo looked "not-ready-for-prime-time", as was also expected. I must note, however, that Jerryd Bayless looked better than I anticipated, and he certainly looks like a scoring machine for the Blazers, but he shows no point guard instincts (he had 5 assists in 5 games, I believe), and I find it hard to believe he can compete at the NBA 2 guard spot being as diminutive as he is (he's neither long nor strong).

Final note. The Bucks second round pick (the Prince) looked somewhat surprisingly productive, especially next to the impotent Alexander -- but again, there were so many others (Joey Dorsey, Richard Hendrix) who look like they will be much more productive fulfilling virtually the same anticipated role, that I am still left somewhat depressed by the Bucks take in this year's draft.


At July 23, 2008 at 7:13 PM, Anonymous paulpressey25 said...

Good to see the posts coming. We're reading them, or at least I am.

What advice do you have for Bucks fans like me who are having heartburn over our #1 pick?

So many guys picked after Alexander looked Soooo much better in the Summer League.


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