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Summer League Notes: The svelte Draymond Green and other Day 2 highlights

Jul 14, 2013, 12:25 AM EDT

Wizards Warriors Basketball AP

LAS VEGAS — Saturday saw some rough rookie debuts but also some strong performances. Here are a few notes and highlights from Day 2 of Summer League in Vegas.

• Ben McLemore had a rough shooting Summer League debut at 4-of-23, but as noted in PBT’s story it wasn’t as bad as it looked.

• Golden State’s Draymond Green showed why he went from second round pick to playoff rotation guy, he looked aggressive — 15 points on just 1-of-9 shooting but he earned 14 free throw attempts. He was just going to the rim every chance he got.

Green also was showing off a more svelte form — the first thing you notice about him now is how he changed his body and lost weight.

“One of the main things I did was change up my diet, just making sure I eat healthier,” Green said after the game. “I’m also doing a lot of extra cardio, doing a lot more lifting, and really just staying in the gym working out.”

Green had energy from that new look and he was attacking.

“This is an opportunity to showcase your talent,” Green said. “Showcase what it is you bring to a team. It’s not time to do the ‘I played on the Warriors for a year I’m going to come out and chill.’ It’s an opportunity for me, there is no Steph (Curry) on the court, there’s no Klay (Thompson) on the court, there’s no Harrison (Barnes), no David (Lee). It’s an opportunity for guys to come out and show what they can do.”

Green did show it, and he got noticed.

“I like the way he is passing up some shots, putting the ball on the floor and drawing contact,” Warriors head coach Mark Jackson said. “That put him in position to make some free throws for us down the stretch of the ballgame. Draymond has been consistent. Obviously he has worked on his body a lot.

• This was first look at Otto Porter in person and despite a rough night the word that came to mind is smooth. He was patient, generally made good choices most of the time and had took quality shots — they just would not go in. He was 3-of-13 from the floor and missed some bunnies, although he had a pretty step back in the first quarter. Also there were turnovers and looking a little lost on a Wizards team that looked discombobulated (even by Summer League standards). But there is a lot to like and I can see him at the three with John Wall and Bradley Beal in the starting backcourt. Eventually.

• One of the players that looked the best today was Evan Fournier of Denver, showing why George Karl should have played him more earlier last year. His shot was falling, but more importantly his decision making and passing on the pick-and-roll was beautiful.

• Portland’s Victor Claver took a knee to his thigh, played only five minutes on Saturday and is questionable for Sunday.

• Jan Vesley looked solid for the Wizards — he was strong on a couple rebounds, showed a post move with a step back. He had a block at the rim that turned heads. Bottom line is he looked like a solid NBA center. Part of that is it is Summer League, but part of it is he can play better than he gets credit for.

• Former Laker Andrew Goudelock was playing for the Bulls and looked good — 9-of-15 shooting, 3-of-5 from three with 26 points and a couple assists. He showed good athleticism and a real range on his shot. Before Lakers fans get all “we should have kept him” remember his game is made for Summer League where guards can gun and defense is not expected.

• Toronto’s Jonas Valanciunas looked like a man among boys against the Heat, who tend to go small even in the Summer League. Valanciunas has filled out his frame some and used that size to grab offensive boards, throw down dunks and generally own the paint. He dunked everything.

Jae Crowder of Dallas just is a Summer League beast, he outworks everyone and has a soft touch around the rim.

  1. 00maltliquor - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:00 AM

    Well, too bad Green’s now stuck behind Iggy AND Barnes. Back to being pudgy with all that extra sitting around and not being active, playing and whatnot.

    • anhdazman - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:26 AM

      Iggy is going to take some minutes from Thompson at SG and I think he’ll also pick up some PG minutes from Curry when we want to go big with Iggy, Thompson and Barnes.
      Green can also fill in at PF. It’ll all depend on his work ethic and how much he improves in his 2nd season.
      Towards the end of the game where GSW goes into a defensive line up, I can see them putting in Bogut, Green, Barnes, Thompson and Iggy. Great combination of size, speed and length on the court. Iggy being the best defender on the wing and Bogut underneath to protect the rim and corral the rebound.

  2. 00maltliquor - Jul 14, 2013 at 2:09 AM

    P.S. We shoulda kept Goudelock. There.

    Once he latches on to a team that will appreciate his services, he will be a serviceable backup for years. Better then Meeks anyway.

  3. cowboysfaninbuffalove - Jul 14, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    I’m a huge nuggets fan and a big fan of Fournier but reading this analysis is the opposite of what fournier did last night. He missed shots took bad shots and Dominique Jones’ defense of Fournier was smothering. Fournier turned the ball over too much in the pick in roll not exactly what I would call “beautiful”…but I doo think Fournier can be our starting 2 guard this year

  4. schro424 - Jul 14, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Nice to see no mention of 19 pts, 13 reb, 3 blk in 20 mins for John Henson. But you know, keep those Victor Claver tidbits coming.

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