A quick note on Summer League, which admittedly got scant coverage here as I was only too happy to focus on the Olympic qualifying tournament.
From what I gather, it's over, and you could make the case that Joey Graham was the most valuable player, given he averaged 18 points and 6.4 rebounds in five games.
This, of course, proves nothing. The Raptors
were 1-4 in Vegas, suggesting that even in Summer League, Graham's most likely role is best player on a bad team. And let's look at those numbers: He did average 32 minutes a game, most on the team, so the numbers are going to come. But he also shot a not-so-impressive 46.7 per cent from the floor and averaged 3.8 turnovers a game and – oh yeah – six fouls.
Nothing personal against Graham – he's always been polite and friendly to everyone that I've ever noticed. And I respect the fact that he's a three-year veteran who's willing to put the time in and come to Vegas to try and impress his employers.
But the reality is he's heading into his fourth NBA season. He's a physical marvel. He's 26 years old. He should rule at Summer League.
A line that would impress me? Something efficient. Something that indicates he's staying ahead of the game mentally. A high shooting percentage, low turnover numbers and low foul totals.
That didn't happen, so I'm not that impressed.
Hard to get a read on Nathan Jawai based on two games, but I've only heard good things – not surprising at this stage. But the fact he got four offensive rebounds in 17 minutes the other night is encouraging. A guy his size that has a nose for the ball is intriguing.
A note on Bargnani. He's going to be spending the next two weeks in Vegas, I'm told. The first at Joe Abunassar's Impact Basketball facility where be working out under the eye of Gordon Herbert.