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Summer League Wrapup

Posted by Josh on July 16, 2007

Being on tour with my band for the 2nd half of last week, I was unable to keep up with the NBA summer league action. So here’s a wrapup of the last half of the camp.

Demetris Nichols

D finished the week with two good games sandwiched around one poor one. On Thursday, he had 17 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists, shooting 3-4 from deep. Saturday he had 11 points on just 5-12 shooting, missed all four of his 3-pt attempts and had 4 turnovers. Sunday he finished off the camp with a 23-point effort (in 22 minutes of court time), 4 rebounds and 3 assists, and no turnovers. Overall he averaged 15.6ppg, 2.0rpg and 2.6 apg, scored in double figures in all five games, and demonstrated that he can be an immediate contributor to an NBA team. The tricky part for him will be to find a spot on the Knicks’ overcrowded roster — they have 17 players under contract for this coming season, and will either have to cut someone or make a trade to reduce the roster to the maximum of 15 players. D’s performance in Vegas may have increased his trade value; he could get packaged in a multi-player deal sometime this summer. You would expect that, having traded a future draft pick for Nichols, the Knicks wouldn’t just cut him and thereby get nothing in return. But his is the only non-guaranteed contract on the team, so he is the cheapest to cut. Luckily the Knicks have essentially unlimited money to spend, so won’t shy away from releasing a couple veterans with years left on their deals. As evidence, you need only look at the Knicks’ $45 million “luxury tax” for spending over the salary cap last year, which was $38 million more than the next team on the list.

Darryl Watkins

Mookie didn’t exactly wow anyone with his performance at the summer league, but it wasn’t a disaster by any stretch. His best game was Saturday, in which he scored 9 points on 4-4 fg, grabbed 3 rebounds and blocked two shots in 15 minutes of action. Sunday he went scoreless with two rebounds in 9 minutes; Thursday he had 3 points and 3 rebounds in 8 minutes. His overall numbers were 3.8ppg and 3.4rpg. It’s now highly doubtful that he’ll be on an NBA roster but still likely that he’ll be in someone’s preseason camp, and end up in the D-League one way or another.

Gerry McNamara

Gerry had a very poor showing at the camp, partly due to his pair of sprained ankles, but not entirely. He saw his final action Wednesday, scoring 2 points on a pair of free throws in 7 minutes of play, with 2 assists. (This was the 76ers’ last game of the session.) His overall averages were 1.7 ppg, 1.0 apg, and 0.7rpg. He may end up back in the D-League, or he might decide to give up on the NBA for the moment, as his prospects get bleaker, and look for a deal overseas where he can make a little money.

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4 Responses to “Summer League Wrapup”

  1. voteprime said

    I also read that the Knicks could decide to not sign D-Knick (as the blogs seem to be calling him), but send him off to a Euro league or the D-League for a season, and still have his rights as an NBA player and maybe give him a contract next season.

    But here’s hoping he gets signed now!

  2. Too bad for G-Mac. If you had a list of top SU Hoops performers not to perform in the NBA, it looks like he may end up at the top of the list above Moten. Any other ideas about who else would make the list?

  3. ech1 said

    Leron Ellis, Dave Johnson, Leo Rautins, Setvie Thompson, John Wallace, Pearl Washington… see all the glory and ugliness here:

    http://www.basketballreference.com/players/bycollege.htm?sch=Syracuse+University

  4. ech1 said

    Leron Ellis, Dave Johnson, Leo Rautins, Stevie Thompson, John Wallace, Pearl Washington… see all the glory and ugliness here:

    http://www.basketballreference.com/players/bycollege.htm?sch=Syracuse+University

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