Wolves Update

The Wolves lost their last two Summer League games to Portland 60-67 and then Atlanta, 83-89.  They ended which took their record to 1-4.

I take very little from the over all record and try to look at the production of individuals, because ultimately that is what scouts, coaches, and teammates are watching.  How well does this player compete, what skills, are they a good teammate, etc.  Yeah – you would like to win more, but these games matter only a little bit more then preseason NFL games.

So here is a very quick run-down of what was the Wolves Summer League.

  • Wes Johnson played in only one game and then sat with a sore hamstring.  Lame-sauce.
  • Wayne Ellington was the man.  After only scoring four points in the first game, he still managed to average 15.8 ppg and shot 40% from the floor.  He also grabbed 4.6 rebounds a game.   Someone is moving up the roster and getting more playing time next season.  Might have a hard time finding playing time with Martell Webster, Johnson, and Corey Brewer.  But he showed improvement.
  • Fellow Tar Heel Deon Thompson made a strong case for a roster spot – or at least an invite to camp.
  • Lazar Haywood will be a legit player and should see minutes off the bench.  He is a better shooter than previously advertised and is a committed defender.
  • Patrick O’Bryant still confuses me.  He is 7’0″, has slimmed down compared to when he first entered the league, but nothing about him excites me.
  • Jeremy Pargo will have a hard time finding a roster spot if he can not reduce his turnovers from 4.6 turnovers a game.  I enjoyed his game at Gonzaga, but he may need some time to refine his game.  Also needs to improve his shooting.
  • Gophers Lawrence West Brook and Damian Johnson will probably find their way to a NBDL team.

With all the moves the Wolves have made this off season, it seems quiet around the offices – almost too quiet.  The Wolves did officially sign free agent PG Luke Ridnour.

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Tags: Corey Brewer Deon Thompson Jeremy Pargo Lazar Hayward Luke Ridnour Martell Webster Patrick O'Bryant Wayne Ellington Wes Johnson

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