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.
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.