By Michael Terrill @MichaelTerrill on July 17, 2014
Through four games during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the Milwaukee Bucks have looked lost. One could make the case that there is no worse team than the Bucks as evidence of their 0-4 record. Clearly, this isn’t a good start after finishing dead last in the regular season standings in 2013-2014. The good news is there are a few bright spots to look at. Here are five early standouts in the Summer League.
An average of 6.8 points per game may not seem like a lot especially CJ Williams is seeing the court for 23.5 minutes per contest. However, the fact the guard is converting 40.7 percent from the field and an impressive 33.3 percent from 3-point range is certainly encouraging.
Center Johnny O’Bryant has started three of Milwaukee’s four games. He has recorded 31 points, 16 rebounds, two steals and block, which are solid numbers from a big man. O’Bryant has a long ways to go if he wants to make the regular season roster, but at least he has shown determination around the basket on offense.
Nate Wolters is in big trouble going forward. The point guard position is getting a bit stuffy with the recent signing of veteran Jerryd Bayless and Giannis Antetokounmpo taking away minutes as Jason Kidd continues to experiment. On top of that, he hasn’t looked all that great in Summer League play. With that being said, he has managed to average 9.0 points per game. He also has shot 43.8 percent from the field.
Even though Jabari Parker is a standout, it doesn’t exactly mean that he’s performed exceptionally well. One could make the case that he has underperformed greatly. Parker is averaging 14.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.5 steals and 28.3 minutes per contest. He has a lot of missed shots, looks to be somewhat out of shape as he tires easily, and he’s getting outplayed by opponents. Nonetheless, he’s shown plenty of promise.
Antetokounmpo continues to prove that he’s the real deal. I called him being the next Magic Johnson on draft night and he appears to be well on his way. The 19-year-old is averaging 17.0 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.0 block per game. More importantly, he looks to be a man among boys on the court. In fact, one could make the case that he’s the only true standout for the Bucks during the early part of the Summer League.
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