Raptors Vs Timberwolves Las Vegas Samsung Summer League Game 2 Primer
Raptor (1-0, 4 points) vs Timberwolves (0-1, 1 point)
Tv: Nba tv Canada
Time: 6pm eastern
The composure and poise of Delon Wright and Norman Powell really resonated well with the rest of the Raptors summer league roster. The second year guards out assisted the entire Kings roster on their way to a 88-47 win. With the 5 raptors starters promised a spot on their regular season roster already, the difference in talent was very apparent from the start. This game was over just before half time. The Kings started off hot making 4 of their first 6 shots then went cold for the rest of the game with the Raptors holding them to 16 1st quarter points, 6 points in the 2nd , 7 in the 3rd and 18 in the 4th .
Things of note
- Pascal Siakam can really run the floor. Most if not all of his 12 first half points, came off being one of the first players down the court in transition and finishing dynamically at the rim. He looks comfortable taking the mid-range jump shot but his stroke isn’t quite there yet or at least it wasn’t during this game, with all but one of his misses coming from mid-range (6-10 on the game) At this point he has the potential to be a more talent and cheaper replacement for Bis
- Jakob Poeltl really showed off the range of skills that gave the Raptors the confidence to draft him 9th JP finished with a stat line of 6 pts 9 rebs 2stl and 3 blocks in 22 mins of action. Reminds me of Kristaps from last year. Wiry Big needs to put on muscle but doesn’t shy away from contact. His positioning on the boards shows a lot of promise, as well as his shot selection going 3-3 on the day. On the defensive end, he moved his feet really well and even guarded a couple wing players on a few possessions with moderate success. His timing on both on ball and help defense shot blocking, as well as his ability to affect drives into the paint highlight his above average defensive capabilities.
- Norman Powell has continued to show he is still one the biggest steals of the 2015 draft. His 3 pt shot looking great and his passing and ball handling much improved. All and all pretty laid back game from Norm. He finished with a stat line of 12 pts 7 rebs and 5 ast and 2 steals.
- Bruno Caboclo has shown alot of improvement on the defensive end as well as improving offensive skill set. Still looks kind of awkward taking mid-range post up shot. From both the face up and fade away but it’s good to see he has the confidence to attempt the shots because its within his range. He looked very comfortable from the corners taking 3. Going 3 for 9 from deep in what was an overall shaky game from the field from Bruno.
- Delon Wright reminds me alot of Corey Joseph. Very high IQ player but needs more in terms of offensive skills set. He positions himself well with and without the ball and provides a high energy defender. Great passer and gets into the lane fairly easily. Jump shot still not there but doesnt force the issue
- Ej Singler (younger brother of thunder player and NBA veteran Kyle Singler) can really shoot the ball ( 4-6 from 3 )
- Fred Van Fleet should give Delon Wright a run for his money in terms of a roster spot and playing time at the 905 level. Played very solid on both sides of the ball in limited minutes
- Drew Crawford (son of NBA ref Danny Crawford) was a big surprise. Adaptable on D and a solid 3pt stroke. Should a key role player for the 905
- Jalen Jones didn’t shoot the ball well from 3 and turned it over 3 times but he also had 6 rebounds to go with 7pts in 12 minutes and went 3-4 for 2pt range. look for him to play better tonight
On to the next
The Timberwolves let their last game against the Nugget slip away from them in the 4th. Despite Kris Dunn’s 27 points it wasn’t enough to slow down the very talent Nuggets summer league roster. Besides Kris Dun, Tyus Jones, and Adrain Payne their roster is filled with no names. Look for the Raptors defence to continue taking no prisoners as Norm Powell and company bring Kris Dun back down to earth after his offensive explosion in game 1 .