LAS VEGAS — In Vegas taking in summer league for the week, will post some observations here from what I see:
Washington vs. Atlanta
Bradley Beal is the size of a point guard, which could give him some problems defensively since he’s a shooting guard, but has a silky smooth offensive game, particularly a quick first step. Beal finished with a game-high 22 points, scoring nine of them at the free throw line in a 102-82 loss.
Still not sure why Jan Vesely went so high a year ago. He has size and athleticism, but not sure about NBA skills. He did do a nice job shooting the ball on Friday though and missed most of his dunk attempts, which is quite un-Vesely like. Vesely has put on weight, which was a major issue last year. It will be important for him to show signs of progress this season. He had some issues on the foul front in his first summer league game. The Czech forward fouled out – and you get 10 fouls in summer league! – late in the game, getting a sarcastic ovation for his efforts.
Washington has a nice young bench player in James Singleton. He is athletic, plays hard and crashes the boards.
John Jenkins was considered one of the better scorers in the draft and he illustrated why, sinking 5-of-6 three-point attempts.
Toronto vs. Houston
Raptors off to a quick start with Terrence Ross draining his first two shots as a Raptor.
Ross threw down a monster two-handed jam in the second quarter and swished a three on the next play. He had 21 points in a strong performance.
Ed Davis was getting worked by Donatus Motiejunas early at both ends. Davis did have a nice second quarter block. They have been working on his jumper and it looks much better. Still, aside from the blocks, Davis struggled defensively.
Motiejunas finished with 25 points on 11-for-13 shooting.
Toronto’s Devoe Joseph had 11 points and a couple of assists and played well defensively.
Bobby Brown scored 15 points but was too shot-happy.