I was just flipping channels and I saw that the Blazers were playing the Jazz in the SL on ESPN2. It has to be one of the most exciting SL games ever. If you aren't doing anything now, GO WATCH IT!!!:yes:
Your right I have watched numerous summer league games and usually they are extremely boring, but this one is pretty good. This is the first time I have seen Qyntel Woods play and he has played very poorly, it seems like hes getting every shot blocked by that Andre Kirelinko. Woods does not appear to be a very good dribbler and doesn't seem very athletic, but its only summer league.
I think Woods has a lot of NBA potential, but not enough skills right now. I counted, and there was a string of 4 touches when all he did was shoot. He has had a few great plays. Where he dribbled through his legs, spun around defenders, and made reverse lay-ups though.
kirilenko looked great and overmatched the blazer summer team single handedly. he blocked randolph twice earlyin the game and then blocked woods a couple more times for good measure. woods played well for a rookie and is clearly ahead of most summer league players even tho hes just started. barkley looked really good in the first half but he became frustrated later because his team was so bad. linehan played excellent defense and i am glad that the spurs did not draft jason jennings. he looked so uncoordinated and is very unathletic. he was blocked numerous times by shorter players when he had the ball within 9 or 10 feet.
These are the players that impressed me the most or showed me the most potential in the Jazz vs. Blazers Summer League game...
Andrei Kirilenko (I knew that he was a good defender, but he dominated the Blazers on defense)
John Linehan (I saw him play in college, but he had a great game against Portland today, 2nd best defender in the game, great shooting touch)
William Avery (passed the ball well, cut to the basket, and realised when the best time to shoot the ball was)
DeShawn Stevenson (led the Jazz in scoring, played with flare, and energy)
Jarron Collins (played well inside, made a couple mid-range jump shots)
Qyntel Woods (mostly potential here, he turned the ball over a lot, but he did have 15 points, and frequently attacked the basket)
Zach Randolph (absolutely controlled the inside for Portland, led all scorers with 21 points)
Ruben Boumtje-Boumjte (played very well on defense, blocking shots and getting rebounds)
Erick Barkley (shot the ball a little too much, but made some nice passes, and had double figures in scoring)
Keith Mcleod (he played very well on offense and defense, great FT shooter)
Kirilenko easily looked like he had a year of the NBA behind him. He is a dominating defensive presence in a summer league. He knows the NBA season is far different than the summer league rosters. It was a fun game to watch.
Kirilenko already had pretty good defense last season, I wouldn't see anything he did as a surpise. Seeing how he lead the Jazz in blocked shots last year. He shot terrible though, only shooting 2-7 scoring 6 points.