2014 NBA D-League Elite Mini Camp: Day 2 Recap
With the eyes of more than 50 different NBA scouts watching, the 37 NBA D-League prospects at the 2014 Elite Mini Camp had their last opportunity for two months to make an impression. "We tried to stress that on both days," said camp director and Los Angeles D-Fenders head coach Bob MacKinnon.
MacKinnon was pleased with the talent he saw on the court during a pair of scrimmages that played out in Chicago the day before the NBA Draft Combine hits the Windy City. He was particularly impressed with a crop of wings that included four former NBA players -- following a season that ended with six of the top eight on NBADLeague.com's Prospect Watch being wings.
We got a lot of comments from people about how well they actually played together," said MacKinnon. "It goes to show you the quality of coaching throughout the league that goes on throughout the year -- that you can get 37 guys together and in two days have them play at a high level together."
Here's MacKinnon's take on five standouts from the two days of action (click here to read a recap of Day 1):
"I think he's got to improve his perimeter skills and become more of a consistent shooter. Once he does that, I think with how well he can defend and rebound, thatís where his real niche can be."
"He knows how to play. He's good at everything. He shoots the ball, he runs off screens, he can put it down one or two dribbles and get to the rim. He's a good defender who's long and athletic enough."
"Right now he has the physical ability to be a lockdown defender, but he needs to learn to be a positional defender, especially off the ball. He tends to lose a little focus off the ball. That'll come with maturity."
"He's got to become much more consistent in being able to spot up and shoot the ball, and then when people close out on him, put it down with one or two dribbles without turning it over."
"Now he just needs someone to give him an opportunity. I think he showed NBA people that he's a guy that you want in the Summer League."