Jake's Take - 7/9/10
Craig's List: Men Seeking Team
I recently moved, and in effort to trim some excess furniture, I enlisted the help of Craig's List. This was my first foray into the world of online classified ads, and I must say, it has been an absolutely delightful experience. I simply post the items that are for sale, list their features and benefits, and the offers come rolling into my inbox. It's wonderful. I would highly recommend it to anyone who's looking to make a sale.
That goes for a majority of the players that will comprise summer league teams from around the league over the next few weeks. Drafted rookies aside, a large portion of these rosters are filled with undrafted rookies, young veterans and anyone else attempting to fulfill their dreams of playing in the NBA. In a lot of ways, summer league is the Craig's List of the NBA. It's opportunity for the aforementioned kinds of players to showcase their skills in front of general managers from around the league. It's essentially an in-person classified ad.
The summer league roster for the Bucks consists of 12 players. Larry Sanders, Darington Hobson and Tiny Gallon can be excluded from this upcoming exercise, because they will, in all likelihood, have a spot either on Milwaukee's 15-man roster or with its D-League affiliate. The other nine players are basically auditioning for a roster spot on an NBA team. These are the players that need that little extra push to avoid either playing overseas or for a secondary league stateside.
Lights-out shooter scores three points at a time
Name: Antoine Agudio
Measurements: 6-foot-3, 185 lbs.
What he brings: Any team looking to spread the floor need not look any further. In two years with the D-league's Albuquerque Thunderbirds, this 25-year-old shooting guard averaged 15 points per game on better than 43 percent shooting from three-point range. Agudio made at least two three-pointers in 26 games last year, totaling 96 for the season, which was good for fifth in the league. He averaged at least 15 points and shot 41 percent or better from long range all four years at Hofstra, finishing 13th in the nation with 22.7 points per game during his senior year.
Big man available to clog the lane
Name: John Bryant
Measurements: 6-foot-11, 300 lbs.
College: Santa Clara
2009 Summer League stats: 8 mpg, 6 ppg, 2 rpg, 67% shooting
What he brings: Need a big body to go up against the Dwight Howards of the NBA? You've found your man. Bryant spent last year with the Erie Bayhawks of the developmental league, averaging 13.4 points, 9.5 boards and 1.5 blocks in less than 30 minutes per game. He enjoyed a midseason stretch that saw him average 24.3 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over six games. Bryant had a great senior campaign at Santa Clara, averaging 18.1 points and 14.2 rebounds per game, finishing second behind only No. 1 draft pick Blake Griffin on the glass.
Slashing defensive PG searching for team to run
Name: Paul Delaney
Measurements: 6-foot-2, 200 lbs.
2009 Summer League stats: 12.2 mpg, 2.8 ppg, 1.0 apg, 46% shooting
What he brings: This athletic floor general can get in the lane and shut down an opposing point guard. Delaney brings elite strength and quickness to the floor, allowing him to defend both big, strong PGs and small, quick PGs. He used those attributes to carve out a successful four-year career at UAB, where he twice averaged better than 15 points and five assists per game. Delaney spends most of his time penetrating into the lane, where he has shown to be quite efficient. During his senior year, Delaney shot 60 percent on shots inside the arc, which was among the best in the country at his position.
Athletic wing looking to fill some lanes
Name: Micah Downs
Measurements: 6-foot-7, 180 lbs.
2009 Summer League stats: 18.4 mpg, 6.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg
What he brings: In need of someone to finish on the break? This former McDonald's all-American might be the guy you're looking for. Downs improved each of his four years at Gonzaga, leading to an invite to play in last year's NBA summer league. This led to an opportunity to play overseas, where he averaged 11 points per game in the Eurocup league. Downs' ability to finish at the rim earned him an invitation to the 2009 NCAA Dunk Contest.
NCAA champion brings winning pedigree
Name: Darnell Jackson
Measurements: 6-foot-8, 250 lbs.
2009 Summer League stats: 29 mpg, 10.6 ppg, 5.4 rpg
What he brings: Every team wants players who know how to win, and Jackson has experience to spare after a successful career as a Kansas Jayhawk. Jackson came to Milwaukee from Cleveland late during his rookie season last year. His opportunities were limited last year, but this big-bodied banger showed flashes, including a 10-point, 7-rebound showing against Washington. Jackson didn't spend much time in the D-League last year, but the time that was spent was well spent. He averaged 33 points and 11.5 rebounds on 65 percent shooting in his two games for the Erie Bayhawks.
Former Dukie offers 2-for-1 package
Name: DeMarcus Nelson
Measurements: 6-foot-4, 200 lbs.
2009 Summer League stats: 26.2 mpg, 13.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 3.0 apg
What he brings: This versatile combo guard brings the value with his ability to play both guard positions. Nelson played primarily at shooting guard at Duke, but has further developed his point guard skills since graduation. He went undrafted in the 2008 NBA Draft but that didn't stop him from making history. Nelson became the first undrafted rookie to start a season opener when he scored six points in 13 minutes for Golden State to tip off the 2008 season. Nelson had a strong showing in last year's summer league, averaging 13.8 points, 3.8 boards and three dimes per game while playing for the Bulls.
Local kid looking to make it big
Name: Jerry Smith
Measurements: 6-foot-2, 190 lbs.
What he brings: Smith is well-known around Milwaukee both because of what he did at Wauwatosa East High School and for what he did to Marquette in the Bradley Center a few years back. A fourth-team Parade All-American coming out of high school, Smith had a solid career at Louisville, averaging 8.7 points per game over four years.
High-flyer brings highlights and hustle
Name: Deron Washington
Measurements: 6-foot-7, 215 lbs.
College: Virginia Tech
2009 Summer League stats: 31.4 mpg, 8.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg
What he brings: Intangibles win ball games and highlight-reel dunks put butts in the seats. Washington brings both with his supreme hustle and insane hops. A second-round pick by Detroit in the 2008 NBA Draft, Washington developed a nasty habit of embarrassing opposing players with his elite athleticism. He reminds some of a more skilled Darvin Ham for his non-stop motor and uncanny ability to make ESPN's Top 10 Plays. Washington helped lead the Tulsa 66ers to the D-League Finals last year, averaging 16.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in the postseason.
Shot-blocker seeking paint to patrol
Name: Sean Williams
Measurements: 6-foot-10, 235 lbs.
College: Boston College
What he brings: This former first-round pick has the skills; he just needs the right environment to develop them. Williams is a three-year NBA veteran with 29 starts under his belt. His long arms and uncanny timing have made him one of the premier per-minute shot blockers in the league, averaging 3.2 blocks per 40 minutes. Williams boasts career highs of 22 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks, all with the New Jersey Nets.
Note: These are the views of the 6th Fan Blogger. Thoughts and opinions expressed in this articles are not necessarily the views of the Milwaukee Bucks.