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7/22/2012
Find out which Top Prospects stood out above all the rest this week in Vegas.



For the dozens of NBA D-League alums at NBA Summer League, a week in Vegas meant the opportunity to take on NBA talent and prove they belong on the game's highest stage. These are the names you should remember.


7/22/2012
The Select Team fell to the T-Wolves to finish its run at 2-3. What are some lasting lessons from the week?

Size Matters
All week long, the Select Team's been giving up a few inches -- and a couple dozen pounds, at times -- to the big men on the other side. Especially with 7-footer Chris Johnson hurt and Marcus Cousin receiving limited minutes. They've faced Tyler Zeller. And Jan Vesely. And Markieff Morris, John Henson and Jarrid Famous.

And struggled with all of them.

Leo Lyons, despite his success this week, is more of a four. Chris Daniels can get boards, but projects as an average rebounder -- his forte comes on the perimeter (though he more than hinted at an ability to operate on the inside this week).

But against Minnesota's front line, the Select Team (in its third game in three days) didn't have much of a shot. After Select had won the rebounding battle against the Suns on Friday, the T-Wolves took a 40-29 advantage on the glass, including eight on the offensive end, dooming the Select Team's chances.

"They destroyed us on the glass," Lyons said. "They were way bigger than us, no doubt about it. They killed us on the glass and that took the game."

In an age of versatile, free-flowing positions, big bodies in the middle still matter. And while Lyons and Daniels shouldered a great deal of the burden -- probably more than they expected -- Select's opponents were able to ride a size advantage to three wins.

So Does a Point
Without a true point guard -- Jerry Smith, Mardy Collins, Andre Emmett, Kenny Hayes and Jeremy Wise took turns bringing the ball up this week -- Select had trouble sustaining a constant offensive flow. These things happen with All-Star teams anywhere, but none of the quintet of guards handling the ball came up as a 1-guard. Most, like Smith, Hayes and Wise, are converting to up their NBA stocks. Collins and Emmett just play PG's on TV sometimes.

Smith shined brightest out of all the 1's, having some success penetrating and dishing, but he still has some room to grow in that capacity. Still, the tools are there: Smith's strength, explosiveness and agility make him a danger every time he has the ball. If he can improve his ballhandling and decision-making once he gets past the first level, his conversion will be complete.

Mardy Collins Was Ready
Aside from the COX Pavilion DJ, who indulged the media by playing Journey’s 'Don’t Stop Believing' at the end the end of every day, nobody may have been more prepared for Summer League than Mardy Collins. The 6-foot-6 guard was on a mission since the end of the NBA D-League season – he dropped nearly 20 pounds since the end of April – and that preparation was evident all week. Collins looked sharp from the first practice when we saw him back on July 13 up until tonight’s 20-point explosion (on 7-for-10 shooting). He was consistent game-to-game and actually ended up leading the team in scoring, with 61 points in five games. If an NBA team had any doubts about him after his injury-riddled 2011-12 campaign, this week should alleviate those concerns.

Kenny Hayes is Making A Name For Himself
A relative unknown until his breakout 2011-12 season – one in which he was named NBA D-League Most Improved Player – Hayes provided glimpses of what could (or should) make him a future NBA player. When given the chance to play, most notably Games 3 and 5, where he played 29 and 21 minutes respectively, Hayes was at his best. He scored a combined 21 points, pulled down 10 rebounds and handed out five assists in those games. Sure, he could pack on a little more muscle to his frame and he could, like most NBA D-League point guards, use a little more polish in coordinating an offense, but the talent is obviously there. He’s only 25 years old and his career may be just starting its upswing.

“I think Kenny is just a great example of how the D-League can help a player develop,” said coach Eric Musselman. “He’s made such great strides and I think he got better in this short time as well.”

It’s Business Time For Jerry Smith
Forget the fact that Jerry Smith’s been fighting the clock to get an NBA offer before honoring a contract with an Italian team that becomes active over the next few weeks, Smith proved in Vegas why he can be an NBA player. All due respect to the effort-heavy roster of the Select Team, Smith may have been the one that most consistently gave it his all. He never really had a bad game. He had some off shooting nights – like identical 4-for-14 shooting nights on Thursday and Saturday – but he never seemed to force the action. He showed ability to get in the paint at times, as well as hit the outside jumper, most notably in Game 2. His evolution as a point guard is really starting to show, and whether he keeps that ability in the States or heads overseas, some team is going to be happy they have him.
7/22/2012
Find out what went down in the ninth day of Las Vegas Summer League.



With four-straight double-doubles and a 21-point, 16-rebound performance on Saturday, it looks like Malcolm Thomas' days in L.A. D-Fenders purple and gold should be over as he appears NBA bound. Aside from Thomas, what other Top Prospects shined on Saturday in Las Vegas?


7/21/2012
A rundown of how all 12 members of the Select Team fared in the final game Summer League session.



Heading into the half on Saturday night, the NBA D-League Select team had effectively won nine straight quarters. Their defense -- the team's strongest suit -- hadn't allowed more than 17 points in a frame since the second quarter of the team's loss to the Bucks on Wednesday, and their offense -- which had previously run like your first car -- began to hum. Shooting 50 percent from the field, Select held a 45-35 edge over the Timberwolves through 20 minutes.

Then things broke down. Shooting just 32 percent from the floor in the second half and going against a bigger Minnesota interior -- featuring Derrick Williams and Luke Sikma (son of Jack and, in Saturday's second half, a pretty good replica of his dad) -- the Select Team couldn't overcome Minny's 40-29 edge on the boards and fell, 86-78.

The loss sent the team to 2-3 over the week. But after Chris Daniels and Leo Lyons had stolen the spotlight over the past two games, a few other names got into the act on Saturday, with Mardy Collins, Kenny Hayes and Marcus Dove giving big performances to close their Summer League runs on a crescendo.

MARDY COLLINS

Had his best game of Summer League on Saturday, scoring a team-high 20 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Collins showed the ability to get in the paint and hit short jumpers as well as use his body to finish around the basket when mis-matched against a smaller opponent, which the 6-foot-6 guard will have a lot. Was consistent throughout the week – he looked like the veteran of 189 NBA games that he is – and went a long way toward boosting his chances for an NBA return, especially coming off an injury-riddled 2011-12 campaign with the L.A. D-Fenders. He shed nearly 20 pounds since NBA D-League Finals at the end of April, and if he is continues to work at that this summer -- and stays healthy -- an NBA team could come calling for his diverse skillset and NBA experience.



MARCUS COUSIN

Cousin boosted his minutes on Friday (he saw 12, after just five on Thursday), thanks in large part to his energy level early on and his ability to re-route shots (two blocks on the night). As the Select Team clambered for a rebounding edge, he worked himself into far better position than he had earlier in the week, en route to two boards and four points -- including a put-back after bodying out the Suns' Charles Garcia for an offensive board.



CHRIS DANIELS

Through the Select Team’s first four games, nobody had energized his Prospect status as much as Daniels. All the parts of his game that’d always been there – his outside touch, his shot-blocking acumen…his seven-foot height – shined brighter, and the parts that had long held him back – aversion to slamming bodies in the paint, post moves, defensive strength – all but disappeared. A zero-point, two-rebound day in Game 5 certainly doesn’t wipe away all the gains he made this week, but it didn’t help a Prospect out to prove that he can impact the game every single night. Playing his third game in three nights (and coming off a 20-point, eight-board performance in Game 4), Daniels fell a step behind the play in his 15 minutes on the court. He battled – and re-routed a few shots – but never managed to get into the flow.



MARCUS DOVE

Dove, hobbled by a sore back for most of the week, didn’t get to show off the increased offensive abilities that he developed over the course of the year with the Dakota Wizards. He did, however, bring an NBA-quality defensive game. Nobody except Dove seemed able to slow down Minnesota’s Wes Johnson on Saturday, and when the Select Team exploded to a double-digit lead through most of the first half, Dove’s defense sparked a good amount of it. He finished with four steals and two blocks, and deflected another half-dozen passes. The two-time Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year can disrupt the game at any level, although sometimes that includes the offensive end. His post moves have come a long away, as has his mid-range game, but he needs to finish with a little more consistency if he’s going to convince an NBA team that he’s ready for a rotation spot. As a stopper, though, he’s probably the best the NBA D-League has to offer.



ANDRE EMMETT

Twice, Emmett looked like a viable NBA offensive threat. Able to hit from outside, float in the lane and finish at the rim, the born scorer did pretty much whatever he chose to do on the offensive end. Three times, however, he came up a little short. After struggling in Game 2 and missing the entire second half of Game 3, he followed up sheer brilliance in Game 4 with a tough shooting night in the finale (3-for-13, 9 points). He gave himself good looks, but the rim turned away more shots than a designated driver. He did, however, defend as well as he has all week. At his best, Emmett affects all phases of the game – see his 10 rebounds in Game 4 – but when he’s off, things start to spiral a bit. If anything, though, he used this week to make clear that his playmaking abilities are still very much intact, and that, when necessary, he can grab boards among forwards.



KENNY HAYES

Scored 11 points and dished out four assists in 21 minutes on Saturday. When given the opportunity this week, the 25-year-old really responded. Throughout the week, he showed he was capable of scoring from the perimeter, though he didn’t do much work in the paint. On Saturday, however, he showed his ability to split the defense in an effort to both score and dish. He scored on an easy layup after blowing past Minnesota’s Kammron Taylor in the first half and on two separate drives he found Mardy Collins for a corner 3-pointer and set up Marcus Dove for an easy dunk. He was the 2011-12 NBA D-League Most Improved Player and scouts are going to have to start taking notice – if they haven’t already.



CHRIS JOHNSON

Johnson sat out the last three games of the week due to injury, so the veteran of 41 NBA games in 2011-12 never really got a chance to show what he could do. The good news is that he didn’t get any shorter. Athletic, quick and springy – he blocked two shots in Game 1 against the Wizards – he’ll keep getting looks from teams in need of a big man who can run the floor.



LEO LYONS

During the week, Lyons validated what people already knew about him – just as importantly, he also started to rebuke some of the misconceptions about his game. First off, everyone knew he could score and he did just that in Vegas. He averaged 11.6 points in five games and did so with a wide variety of moves, from 3-pointers to mid-range looks to nimble moves in the post. He was matched up against Minnesota’s Derrick Williams for much of Saturday’s game and did an admirable job against the No. 2 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. During one possession in the first half, Lyons had the ball on the right wing, drove in the paint with Williams guarding him and finished a contested shot with his right hand. He put forth a considerable effort each game and recorded 22 rebounds in five games. Expect NBA teams to make a few calls to the versatile 6-foot-9 forward that’s a double-double threat every time he touches the floor.



RENALDO MAJOR

Major played 10 minutes in Game 4 after sitting out Game 3 due to a sore calf, then stayed on the bench all of Game 5 to continue to nurse the injury. He brought everything to NBA Summer League that anyone who knew him already knew he had. He ran the floor, out-muscled guards for rebounds and hit the open jumper. He’s as complete a player as the league has, though none of his skills leave anybody breathless. But as one of the most respected and beloved players in the league, he joined the team to give it a versatile player and vocal leader that matters as much on the court as he does off of it.



JUAN PATTILLO

Did not play on Saturday and only saw 2:30 of game action on Friday. He is as athletic as any player on the Select Team, but his game is still raw. His skillset is that of a power forward, but at 6-foot-6 he is trapped in a small forward’s body. A ripped small forward’s body at that. In order for him to become a legitimate NBA Prospect, he is going to need to develop skills to play out on the wing. In limited action, he showed above average basketball instincts and the ball just seems to find him on the court where he can create (or finish) transition opportunities and pounce on loose balls. Pattillo is a guy to keep an eye on this upcoming NBA D-League season as he tries to diversify his game.



JERRY SMITH

Smith, who said that he signed a contract with an Italian club that locks him in for a year if he doesn’t sign an NBA contract by July 25, looked all week like a man playing for his livelihood. His shot cooled after torching the nets for the first three games (his 21-point performance in Game 2 included a 4-for-6 mark from 3-point range, but he went only 4-for-14 from the field in Game 5), but the intensity didn’t. Out to prove that he could play 1-guard in the NBA (after coming into the league as more of a 2), Smith operated the offense capably, showing a capacity for getting into the lane and finishing inside or kicking it out. He still has a way to go in terms of working in traffic, but his strength and quickness make him a potent defender – he shut down Kendall Marshall in Game 4 – and his work ethic made him a team leader over the course of the week.


JEREMY WISE

Shot the ball better on Saturday, scoring six points on 3-for-4 shooting after going 5-for-22 in the first four games, including 1-for-7 from distance. Has quickness and can get a team into its offense, but could use some work on his outside shot. Wise does most of his scoring in transition – two of his three buckets on Saturday came on the fast break – and on pull-up runners. He’ll need to add a deep ball to his repertoire to become a complete point guard. Remember, he played off the ball for most of his time at Southern Miss. Other than that, he shows a good basketball IQ and is active on both ends of the floor.

7/21/2012
Few players on the NBA D-League Select Team -- if any -- have shown themselves as well as bigs Leo Lyons and Chris Daniels. They have a challenge ahead Saturday.

7/21/2012
After wrapping up Summer League, reigning MVP Justin Dentmon assesses his overall performance and talks about his matchup with Cory Joseph.



The reigning NBA D-League MVP Justin Dentmon finished up his Summer League campaign with a 16-point, seven-rebound night against the San Antonio Spurs, the NBA affiliate of his former NBA D-League team the Austin Toros. In this matchup, he was able to go head-to-head with former teammate Cory Joseph.

NBADLeague.com caught up with Joseph – who had an impressive showing in Vegas in his own right – to talk about Dentmon.

NBADLeague.com: Were you looking forward to the chance to square off with Dentmon, your teammate in Austin
Cory Joseph: Yeah, that was fun. He had a good game. We were going at it just like in Austin in practice, so it was definitely fun.

NBADLeague.com: How much did he matter to your development this year?
Cory Joseph: It was good. Obviously he’s a great player. We competed every day in practice in Austin, so it was good – definitely a part of it.

NBADLeague.com: Who won the battle today?
Cory Joseph: He did [laughs] – they won.

NBADLeague.com: Do you see him as an NBA player this year?
Cory Joseph: Hopefully he gets a chance. He has great potential, and he’s a great guy. He obviously can score the basketball and he makes good decisions, so he definitely has a chance.

NBADLeague.com: What did he teach you this year?
Cory Joseph: He definitely taught me that there’s no days off, because he was trying to go at my head every day in practice. He definitely taught me that.
7/21/2012
L.D. Williams has long been one of the most spectacular players in the NBA D-League. With the Spurs, however, he's just trying to do the little stuff.

7/21/2012
The Select Team bounced back with an impressive win over Phoenix on Friday.



Pride’s At Stake
Sure, the majority of the talk this week has been about impressing scouts and coaches in order for NBA D-League alums to try to carve out a spot in an NBA rotation. And, frankly speaking, for as much as they want to talk about winning, that is the main motivation for just about every un-established NBA player in Las Vegas.

But things are a little different with the Select Team. Sure, they're out as much as anyone for looks from scouts. But tasked with representing the NBA D-League as well as themselves, the players on this team are extremely focused on having a winning record in Vegas in order to bolster the league’s reputation. To "prove we belong," as Andre Emmett said before Friday's game. A win on Saturday versus Minnesota would give this team a 3-2 mark and it was Friday’s win that makes that benchmark possible. “I think the guys wanted to come out and redeem themselves tonight,” Mardy Collins said. “We didn’t want to come out and be one-and-three out here and finish the five-game span under .500, so we wanted to come out with a win.”

Daniels is Getting Nasty
It’s all about attitude with Chris Daniels. Once criticized for loitering around the perimeter too much, Daniels has been the team’s most physical player. He was banging bodies with Markieff Morris on Friday night and he actually out-performed the 2011 lottery pick on the inside. Daniels added three blocks to go with his eight rebounds on Friday.

“I’m just trying to put it in my head before I go to sleep that the next day I’m gonna work,” Daniels said. “I know these guys out here just wanna see me work, as far as being tough. They’ve got scorers in the NBA, so I’m just trying to make sure I’m tough.“

The Second Half is Mardy Time
Watching Mardy Collins play this week, it appeared to us at NBADLeague.com that he seemed to get stronger as the game went on. It’s not a coincidence. Collins says that he has always been like that. Look at tonight’s game for instance. While the game can’t completely be summed up in stats, nine of Collins’ 13 points and seven of his nine rebounds came in the game’s last 20 minutes.

“It’s just always been me I think,” Collins said. “I’m not saying I get off to slow starts, but I always get better as the game goes on. That’s something I always knew about myself and I always try to, you know, see if I can do a little better in the first half, but I always try to finish games out strong and make the right plays.”

Thursday’s Loss Was A Motivator
Leaving the arena on Thursday night, the morale of the Select Team was hurting. They were frustrated, disappointed, embarrassed. Friday was a whole new day. Inspired by, well, their uninspiring performance on Wednesday, the team responded in a big way, jumping out to an early lead and never looking back. Phoenix never led in the game.

“That’s the name of the game when you’re playing professional basketball, you gotta move on to the next night because it’s a quick turnaround,” Select Team guard Jerry Smith said. “I think we did a great job focusing on the game plan for Phoenix and we were able to get a win.”

This Team is Not Intimidated
Through four games it does not look like this team is intimidated by playing against proven NBA players or lottery picks. Renaldo Major gladly took the assignment of Bradley Beal in Game 1 and Dion Waiters in Game 2. And, in Game Four, there was more of the same. Daniels and Leo Lyons went toe-to-toe with Markieff Morris in the post and a slew of the Select Team’s point guards – namely Jerry Smith -- went one-on-one with Kendall Marshall at the point.

Morris, selected No. 13 in the 2011 NBA Draft, finished with 16 points and six rebounds, but shot only 6-for-15 from the floor and was minus-19 in his 31 minutes of play, the worst plus-minus rating in the game. Marshall, a lottery pick out of North Carolina this season, had 10 points in 36 minutes on 4-for-14 shooting.
7/21/2012
Find out what went down in the eighth day of Las Vegas Summer League



For the third-straight game, Chicago's Malcolm Thomas owned the boards and registered a double-double (12 pts, 16 rebs). He had one of the top performances by our Prospects on Friday, but he wasn't the best. Find out who shined brightest Friday, including a few members of our NBA D-League Select Team.


7/21/2012
A rundown of how all 12 members of the Select Team fared in Game 4 of their Summer League session.



After two straight losses, the NBA D-League team came out of the tip-off attacking on Friday night and rolled to an 89-75 win over the Phoenix Suns to improve to 2-2 on the NBA Summer League season.

No fewer than four Select Teamers put up performances that significantly boosted their Prospect stocks, but nearly everyone contributed on the way to a dominating win over Phoenix. The Select Team will look to wrap up Summer League with a winning record when they meet the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.

MARDY COLLINS

Is a player that seems – and admits to – getting stronger as the game goes on. Finished with 13 points and nine rebounds, but nine of those points and seven of those boards came after halftime. He makes smart cuts and has shown the ability to use his size around the basket to finish. He’s an active defender that gets his hands on a lot of passes. Had two steals tonight.



MARCUS COUSIN

Cousin boosted his minutes on Friday (he saw 12, after just five on Thursday), thanks in large part to his energy level early on and his ability to re-route shots (two blocks on the night). As the Select Team clambered for a rebounding edge, he worked himself into far better position than he had earlier in the week, en route to two boards and four points -- including a put-back after bodying out the Suns' Charles Garcia for an offensive board.



CHRIS DANIELS

Daniels did everything on Friday. From beating Markieff Morris on the boards (he had eight, Morris had six) to hitting shots from the outside (he went 3-for-4 from 3-point range, as part of a 6-for-9 night from the field); from unveiling an array of previously missing post moves to blocking shots (three of them); from giving his team a steady dose of energy all night to a five-point stretch that ended the Suns' 14-1 run, he was the star on a night full of bright spots. Defensively, he and Leo Lyons teamed up to hold Morris to 6-for-15 shooting.



MARCUS DOVE

Appeared more active tonight than he was on Thursday, and factored heavily in a defensive effort that kept the Suns to 37.2-percent shooting. Scored three points with his lone bucket coming on a nice tip-in from the right side off an Andre Emmett miss. Those are the kind of points he will need to score to be a consistently productive offensive threat.



ANDRE EMMETT

That's more like it. Eric Musselman sent a message to Emmett on Thursday that he wasn't attacking the glass enough by sitting the team's star scorer for the entire second half. Instead of stewing in it, Emmett made the Suns feel his pain, getting 10 rebounds to go along with 18 points (on 7-for-10 shooting) in a terrifically efficient night (outside of a stretch in the third quarter when Emmett turned the ball over three times).



KENNY HAYES

After a strong game on Thursday, Hayes played only nine minutes and did not score tonight. Missed his only two field-goal attempts, which were both from distance.



CHRIS JOHNSON

Johnson did not play again on Friday, due to a left foot bruise.



LEO LYONS

Showed why he is an elite scorer, scoring on a combo of low post moves, fadeaway jumpers and 3-pointers. Was hustling all night, including grabbing a rebound off a transition layup missed by Phoenix. On that play, Jerry Smith was lobbying for a foul call on the other end and Lyons, ever motivated, yelled at him to get back on defense. He was under control, didn’t force shots, and finished 6-for-10 from the field for 15 points. Also held his own against Markieff Morris of Phoenix.



RENALDO MAJOR

After sitting on Thursday to nurse a sore calf, Major started on Friday -- he couldn't sit two straight nights, he said -- Major played 10 on Friday. And spent about 9:35 of that wincing. But he gutted through the minutes he did play, finishing with three points -- on a nifty jumper from the right side over a defender -- and a rebound.



JUAN PATTILLO

Only played the last 2:30 when the Select Team had a comfortable lead. He made a nice fadeaway shot from the post, showing off touch that was not evident the first three games, in his limited action.



JERRY SMITH

After shouldering the burden of sparking the offense over the Select Team's last two games, Smith was on Kendall Marshall duty on Friday night. And he did it masterfully, holding the Suns' rookie to 4-for-14 shooting and pestering him all night. Smith finished with just seven points, but he got all of them in the first quarter -- including a clear-out play where he blew past Marshall from the wing -- as he jolted the offense to life from the start.


JEREMY WISE

Once again, his shots weren’t falling – he connected on only two of his seven attempts – but he was at least taking smart shots, one of them being a nice floater from the left side after breaking down an opponent at the top of the key. He also had an impressive block of Matt Gatens in transition, saving an easy two points.

7/21/2012
After his near-double-double in Game 4, Mardy Collins talks about what was behind the NBA D-League Select Team's win over Phoenix.

7/20/2012
Andre Emmett and his Select Team are locked in.

7/20/2012
A bit of an up-and-down performance from the Select Team resulted in a second-straight loss on Thursday.



All in all, it was an uneven performance for the NBA D-League Select Team as they fell to Milwaukee, 77-68, on Thursday inside COX Pavilion. The energy was there, but the continuity wasn’t, as the offense went through a few dry spells and at times never even got going.

To this team’s credit, however, they never relented and they chipped away at the Milwaukee’s large lead – as high as 17 at one point – to make it a game late.

Here is what we learned about this team on Thursday night.

Everyone Makes a Valid Point
For better or worse, nobody has stepped up as the true floor general for the Select Team. In one instance in the first quarter, coach Eric Musselman had three players who’ve played point guard for their respective teams – Mardy Collins, Kenny Hayes and Jerry Smith – out on the floor at the same time. Jeremy Wise and Andre Emmett, two other players that can bring the ball up as well, were on the bench at the time.

While having all of these different players play the point is a nice luxury to have, it may be affecting the team’s offensive flow, which hasn’t exactly been steady the past three games. Stay tuned to how Musselman manages the minutes of these key playmakers in the team’s last two games.

Can We Get Jerry Smith a Contract?
Despite a poor shooting night – Smith went 4-for-14 from the floor – Jerry Smith’s talent is as clear as a Vegas billboard every time he steps on the floor. He is quick, puts pressure on the defense whenever he has the ball and he even holds his own on the boards -- he had seven rebounds against Milwaukee. And, speaking of advertising, Smith also shows off a little more knee than most players, with classically shorter shorts than many of the baggy ones that are so popular. Not to mention high socks.

Through three games, we’ve seen that Smith can get into the paint almost at will, can set up his teammates (5 assists on Thursday) and can also stroke it from behind the arc. And while everyone around UNLV is well aware of the fact that Calvin Harris will be playing at the Wynn on August 11, Jerrry Smith has yet to stick with an NBA team despite his best advertising.

Sometimes Selfish is Good
As is the case in many All-Star-type teams, it appears the players on the Select Team are actually being too unselfish. On Thursday, players routinely passed up open looks in order to hit a teammate. As a result, many of the Select Team’s shot came very late in the shot clock and they shot only 36.6 percent from the floor (26-for-71), including a 6-for-21 showing in the first quarter.

Pretty much everyone on this roster is a proven scorer and many – like Jerry Smith, Leo Lyons and Andre Emmett – have the ability to create for themselves. A little dose of selfishness might benefit this team in the coming games.

Leo Lyons’ Motor is Better Than Advertised
The reputation that Leo Lyons earned once upon a time that says he has a low motor appears to be ancient history after a few Summer League games. An electric scorer – he does things 6-foot-9 human beings aren’t supposed to be able to do – Lyons is out to prove that his game is about more than just putting the ball in the hoop. That he can hustle and do all the little things that NBA scouts search for with the same intensity that East Coasters have when seeking out the In-N-Out Burger on the strip.

Against Milwaukee, Lyons had a team-high 10 rebounds, three offensive, in 25 minutes. If Lyons becomes a legitimate double-double threat every single night, his thirst for an NBA Call-Up will be quenched.

Kenny Hayes is a Bright Young Star
After playing sparingly against the Cavaliers on Monday, Kenny Hayes led the Select Team in minutes on Thursday, playing 29 minutes. The 2011-12 NBA D-League Most Improved Player responded by scoring a team-high 15 points and hitting two early 3-pointers to keep the team in striking distance. The 6-foot-2 guard shot 5-for-11 from the floor and also added three rebounds.

"Last game I didn't play that much, but I've always been the type that once I get my chance, I have to be ready," Hayes said. "Coach gave me a chance tonight, and I just wanted to be ready to do what I had to do to help the team try to win."

Hayes regularly brought the ball up for the Select Team, and while he isn’t exactly the kind of point guard that will penetrate to lane and dish, ala Jerry Smith, when he’s not making outside jumpers, Hayes does do an effective job of keeping the offense in rhythm. He is a skilled shooter and a player that figures to be on a lot NBA teams’ radars.
7/20/2012
Chris Daniels looks like an NBA center. But it's harder to see from 7,000 miles away.



NBA D-League Select Team center Chris Daniels has committed himself to staying in the States this year to chase his NBA dream, instead of jetting off to Korea again. On Thursday, he proved just how serious he is about that vow.

7/20/2012
A rundown of how all 12 members of the Select Team fared in Game 3 of their Summer League session.



For the second straight game, the NBA D-League Select Team fell behind early and couldn't recover, taking a 77-68 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday. The Select Team struggled to stop Milwaukee on the inside and to finish their own shots, going only 36 percent from the field.

That said, a few players impressed, as Kenny Hayes fired daggers from the outside and a pair of Select forwards upped their Prospect stock with a half-hour each of battling in the lane.

MARDY COLLINS

Despite his leaner frame, Collins is still not blowing past anybody. That said, he wastes very little movement on both the offensive and defensive end -- where he knocked a half-dozen balls loose tonight -- and uses his body well. He did have a few strong takes to the hole and finished with eight points and three assists in 24 minutes.



MARCUS COUSIN

Cousin played just five minutes on Thursday, although he grabbed two rebounds during that time. He had trouble matching the flow of the game and often found himself too far out of position for a big man who needs to own the glass and contest shots.



CHRIS DANIELS

Daniels showed a lot of people on Thursday night that he's serious about his push for the NBA (after four seasons in Korea). He out-worked Henson on a number of occasions, grabbed five offensive boards as he was doing it and hit a couple shots from outside the lane to show off his range.



MARCUS DOVE

Wasn’t as active versus Milwaukee as he has been in the past few games. Scored four points and pulled down one rebound in 16 minutes.



ANDRE EMMETT

Emmett -- probably the team's No. 1 NBA Prospect going into Summer League -- was electric at times in the team's first two games. In Game 3, the lights flickered a bit. Playing just 11 minutes, a player who'd put up 31 points in two games didn't notch a single one, as he struggled to get into the flow of the game. Expect him to get some revenge against Phoenix on Friday.



KENNY HAYES

Played a team-high 29 minutes and was effective on the offensive end. He hit two 3-pointers and finished with a team-high 15 points. When playing the point, Hayes didn’t necessarily penetrate all the way into the paint, but he did get the team into its offense.



CHRIS JOHNSON

Johnson did not play on Thursday, due to a left foot bruise.



LEO LYONS

While he’s obviously capable of scoring more than nine points, like he had tonight, Lyons was extremely active in the paint, pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds, including three offensive. NBA scouts are going to want to see he can do more than just score, and tonight’s effort will help that perception.



RENALDO MAJOR

Major also didn't play on Thursday (calf strain).



JUAN PATTILLO

Got the start, but was overmatched by the 6-foot-10 John Henson – the No. 14 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft - early on. He shows good basketball instincts and has a nose for the ball. He’s a hard worker, but that doesn’t make the 6-foot-6 power forward any taller.



JERRY SMITH

Smith started forcing shots late in the game, even after his previously scalding touch had cooled. But he still gave the team a boost on both ends of the floor, running the offense and disrupting the Bucks' offense on the perimeter. He finished with 10 points and five assists, though he did miss a dunk that would've made it a three-point game with 1:30 left in the fourth.


JEREMY WISE

It’s between Wise and Jerry Smith for who is the fastest with the ball on the team. He is active and can set up the offense, but he had a poor shooting game, connecting on only one of his eight attempts from the floor. Finished with five points in 22 minutes.

7/19/2012
Leo Lyons is blowing up Twitter with his thoughts on his life and Summer League. Here are some of these tweets explained by the man himself.

Lyons

If you follow Leo Lyons on Twitter (@ItsLeoLyons) you might already have an idea of what kind of person he is. You cannot, however, get the whole story of this 6-foot-9 member of the NBA D-League Select team 140 characters at a time.

DLeague.com recently sat down with Lyons and talked a little bit about basketball, but mostly about his life. An insightful person, Lyons discussed how he remains positive when times get tough and how he attacks his goals and dreams.


7/19/2012
Check out the NBA D-League Select team getting loose before their showdown with John Henson and the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday!