Wolves Summer League Update

The NBA Summer League has gained a lot of attention in the last few seasons.  As the first chance to see most rookies play against other NBA talent, the Summer League has spun of into it own event.

The Wolves have a combination of players already on the team and those trying to make an NBA team.  The Wolves are 1-2 in their first three games, getting their first win last night against the Memphis Grizzles.

Wayne Ellington, Patrick O’Bryant and Jeremy Pargo have started all three games with Deon Thompson, Wes Johnson, Lazar Haywood, Mo Charles and some mystery person or thing called Tiara Cruse getting starts as well.  I have no idea where this Cruse guy game from, he is not on the official roster.

The San Antonio Spurs beat the Wolves in the first game 85-62, the Sacramento Kings edged-out the Wolves 79-78 and then the Wolves beat the Grizzles last night.

Ellington has stepped forward as the leader on this team averaging 17.7 ppg, shooting 40% from the floor but only 22% from the 3-point range.  In the game, Ellington scored 25 points, grabbed 9 rebounds and hit the game-winning shot to secure the win over the Grizzles.

Johnson has only played in one game due to a sore hamstring, but Johnson had moments highlighting the why the Wolves drafted him.  Againist the Spurs, he scored 10 pionts, shot 4-for-7 from the floor and 1-for-2 from the distance, before the leaving the game with the minor injury.

Some people don’t give summer league much credit and others put way to much emphasis on it.  I find myself in the middle.  It is good to see these guys play, but this is no way a direct representation of how successful they will be when facing the big boys.

That said, it is good to see these guys get out a play.

Tags: Deon Thompson Jeremy Pargo Lazar Hayward Mo Charles Patrick O'Bryant Wayne Ellington Wes Johnson

  • Matt

    Something tells me the NBA Summer League gets better attendance than the WNBA…

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  • http://basketballmonster.com Ken Slight

    The best I can tell, Tiara Cruse is actually a woman (some mix-up on the NBA website), and the starting player in the boxscore should be Deon Thompson (after watching the game online). I found your post when searching for this Cruse person too so I thought I’d let you know.

  • Daniel Damico

    Thanks for the info Ken. I did some searching and could not find anything besides what was on NBA.com. And now I know the reason!

    Speaking of Thompson – what do you think? At least he deserve an invite to camp.

    Matt – that is harsh. True, but harsh!

  • http://basketballmonster.com Ken Slight

    I don’t know much about Deon Thompson, but he looked like one of their top few players this summer. I have a feeling there’s some free space on the T-Wolves roster however :)

  • Daniel Damico

    Yeah – I think the Wolves may have some roster space. I saw Thompson in college, and I also wanted more from him. But he was effective when when he was motivated. I think he has a good chance to make the squad.