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Notes from a Summer League Wednesday: Hawks like how Dennis Schroder is growing up

Jul 17, 2014, 12:30 AM EST

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It was the quietest day at the Las Vegas Summer League so far, and I left a little early but we still have enough for our daily notebook.

• The Atlanta Hawks didn’t make big off-season moves (unless you consider Thabo Sefolosha big, and if you do you should see a doctor about that hit you took to the head), they are counting in part on the guys they have getting better. And Al Horford staying healthy, but mostly the guys they have getting better.

Guys like Dennis Schroder.

He’s going to get a lot of run next season behind Jeff Teague and the Hawks were hoping to see growth out in Las Vegas. They did in the Hawks win Tuesday, when he had 17 points and played some good defense.

“I challenged him to be more efficient, to take care of the ball, mix up his pick-up points (on defense), sometimes it’s full court sometimes it’s half court, but first and foremost it’s to keep his team organized on both sides of the ball,” Hawks Summer League coach Darvin Ham said.

What the Hawks want from him in the regular season is simple.

“We’re looking for him to defend, rebound and keep us organized on offense,” Ham said. “And first and foremost before those three we need him to compete and compete with a level head. He did that today.”

Basically don’t play like a 20-year-old.

Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk time. Turn the Greek Freak loose.

• Delonte West was moving pretty slowly on a taped up ankle that he sprained Tuesday. He didn’t dress for the Clippers on Wednesday and looked done for Summer League.

• I’ll be honest, and I didn’t see his first game, but Jabari Parker has looked pretty good but not great when I’ve seen him. A little underwhelming. (It’s Summer League, it doesn’t mean anything about what he can be, but when I’ve been watching he hasn’t blown me away.)

Zach LaVine likes to see Zach LaVine shoot.

• On the other end of the court, Timberwolves coaches are constantly calling out on defense, talking to LeVine, trying to get him to understand his positioning.

• But the Timberwolves were the Kyrylo Fesenko Show on Wednesday as the Ukrainian big man was just too much for the Suns to handle (including Miles Plumlee). He finished with 17 points on 9 shots.

Walter Tavares, the 7’3” center out of Cape Verde, would be a good D-League project for a team this year. There’s some potential there, and he is so big and long, but he is so, so raw.

• James Michael McAdoo, trying to latch on somewhere, had a chance to potentially win the game for the Warriors when he was fouled with 12 seconds left and his team was down one. He missed them both. Hawks hit their free throws and won by three.

  1. themike31 - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:54 AM

    Can we please retire “get a lot of run?”

    Y’all sound like Gretchen Weiners trying to make “Fetch” happen.

    • trevor123698 - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:28 AM

      thats an ok movie but seriously. a mean girls reference?

    • genericcommenter - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:29 AM

      Yeah, some phrases should just be retired after a couple decades, for no apparent reason.

      • themike31 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        Maybe I’m ignorant (it’s possible) but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a basketball writer outside this site use that grammatically incorrect phrase.

      • genericcommenter - Jul 17, 2014 at 6:22 PM

        Fair enough, but I’ve heard it said in person, while speaking to friends or while playing basketball, personally. Good or bad, blogs tend to use colloquialisms. I don’t know, it seems like complaining about an ESPN anchor using a stupid catchphrase and not being Cronkite.

  2. money2long - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:20 AM

    That’s a 6’10 guy, dribbling at the top of the key and casually driving his way to the rim and rising for the slam.
    No big deal.

    ^sarcasm

    • tomasekradek - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:58 AM

      It would be nice it didn’t took him about 4 steps.

      • urodaddy07 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:10 AM

        Are you saying he traveled? Because he didn’t

      • tomasekradek - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:14 AM

        My bad, 3 steps after picking up the ball. Still travel.

      • nyheels29 - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:26 AM

        Nah it wasn’t though. That first step you’re counting he’s still gathering the ball. after that there’s only two steps. That is allowed

  3. chicagosports2014 - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Jabari Parker Hater!

    Bleacherreport is better than PBT.

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:46 AM

      Then go to Bleacher Report

  4. jcrileyesq - Jul 17, 2014 at 5:33 AM

    not kd but a kd move

  5. campcouch - Jul 17, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    Giannis Antetokounmpo. I’m kind of puzzled why Milwaukee didn’t start him more…besides “not tanking”. They really could’ve given him more opportunities because his rookie line wasn’t impressive for someone with said potential. I’m going to have to find more vid of him because the occasional summer league dunk isn’t justifying the hype.

    • undagroundnbablogspot - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      Perhaps the Bucks didn’t want to risk him getting injured in an obviously lost season.

      • campcouch - Jul 17, 2014 at 9:27 AM

        I don’t know. He could get hurt at any time. If they finally came to the realization that the season was lost, seemed like the perfect opportunity to get him some major time.

    • cmehustle - Jul 17, 2014 at 11:28 AM

      Hes young. But I sure wish that actual gms or people who knew about basketball felt like you. Maybe they would be willing to trade him to the Nets. But no one feels that way. Other than you.

  6. klinickal - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    I like this guy: Dennis Schroder

  7. undagroundnbablogspot - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:59 AM

    Doug McDermott – not Jabari Parker or Andrew Wiggins – for ROY? In my opinion the Bulls have had the best offseason thus far.

    • campcouch - Jul 17, 2014 at 10:42 AM

      Just wondering if McDermott will get enough touches in the season though, but I wouldn’t bet against him getting it. A talented player with 4 years of college play and coaching definitely makes for a ready product.

      • calkinsrob - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        my first thought is how thibs rarely trusts rookies and they usually dont get alot of playing time. But McDermott pays the weakest position on our team so Im interested to see if he can get some good minutes off the bench or even start towards the end of the season.

  8. djlexluger - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    ROY talk in July?

    • money2long - Jul 17, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      Do yourself a favor and look up the word: projection.

    • undagroundnbablogspot - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:30 PM

      Why not? Like who would have predicted that MCW, the 11th pick last year, would win ROY? I don’t even remember hearing his name mentioned when they were talking about prospects last year.

      • money2long - Jul 17, 2014 at 3:35 PM

        It was trey Burke as the early favorite last year.

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