The View After Vegas
July 19, 2010
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The 2010 Las Vegas Summer League is officially over. The Bucks left Las Vegas Sunday evening on a positive note, defeating Cleveland 80-66 in their fifth and final game and as assistant coach Jim Boylan said en route to the airport, "You're only as good as your last game."
That was the lone win for the Bucks this year (1-4), but there are a number of positives the team can take away from their eight-day trip to Las Vegas. First, the team's first-round draft pick, Larry Sanders, made his debut and put up some pretty solid numbers in each of the five games, helping him make the All-Tournament Team.
Sanders led the Summer League in blocks per game with 3.2 and swatted a Summer League-high five blocks against Miami on Friday night. He also averaged a team-high 14.0 points on 44.6 percent shooting, 8.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 33.6 minutes per game. Sanders' best offensive performance came against Memphis when he scored 22 points (9-14), including two three-pointers in the final seconds of regulation to help the Bucks rally from a six-point deficit.
As you can imagine, Sanders created a bit of a buzz at Summer League with his play and here's a few links on what people are saying about the rookie:
- NBA.com: Rookie Ladder
- NBA.com: Jennings liking Sanders' game
- ESPN.com True Hoop: Day 10 Las Vegas summer league roundup
- ESPN.com: True Hoop: Day Eight Las Vegas summer league roundup
- NBCSports.com: NBA Summer League: Notes on Hawks-Bucks
- NBCSports.com: Some thoughts from the final day of Summer League
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Sanders is Bucks' minute man
Fellow rookie Tiny Gallon also made his debut last week and the Bucks coaching staff had a good opportunity to evaluate their second round pick. Gallon averaged 6.6 points, 7.4 rebounds and 0.8 blocks in 19.4 minutes. His best game also came against the Grizzlies as he had eight points on 4-6 shooting, 11 rebounds and a block.
The Bucks were unable to see what their other second round pick, Darington Hobson, could bring to the team since he sat out all of Summer League with an injury. Even though Hobson wasn't playing, he attended every practice, shootaround and sat on the bench for every game and still appeared to be very involved in what was going on with the team.
Some other players that stood out for the Bucks were Deron Washington and Sean Williams. Washington, a 6-7 forward from Virginia Tech and the Tulsa 66ers of the D-League, averaged 13.2 points on 46.0 percent shooting in 30.8 minutes. Washington also has a Wisconsin connection as he went to high school for two years at Notre Dame Academy in Green Bay. Williams, a 6-10 forward/center who played with the New Jersey Nets for three seasons, came off the bench for the Bucks and averaged 7.2 points on 54.2 percent shooting. He also grabbed 4.4 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game.
Even though Brandon Jennings and Chris Douglas-Roberts weren't playing, they still made the trip out to Las Vegas to support the team, get a few workouts in and for Douglas-Roberts, get a head start on learning the plays for next year. During yesterday's game against the Cavs, Douglas-Roberts and assistant coach Bill Peterson found UNLV's practice gym inside the Thomas & Mack Center and got in a workout during the game.
Jennings also used his time in Las Vegas to remind the new rookies (Sanders and Gallon) that he is no longer a rookie. After the team's shootaround on Friday, Jennings sent the newcomers on a mission to bring him back some food. Jennings had specific requests though as he made the rookies bring him back a Happy Meal, including the very fashionable Shrek watch that came as the prize, as you can see Jim Paschke admiring the watch in this video (1:30 mark):
While Brandon views himself as a vet, the Bucks trainer, Marc Boff still considers him a rookie until pre-season and to remind him, he made Brandon carry his bag for him.
All in all, it was a good week for the Bucks out in Las Vegas. The team now has some time off until training camp begins in the fall and shortly after that, it will be time to officially kick off the 2010-11 season!