Wins in Summer League do only one thing: give fans an unreasonable expectation that these games are any indication of future success. They are not. They sure are fun, though.
Jared Sullinger came back down to earth yesterday by showing a lot of what people feared: he has trouble finishing over height and he could be Glen Davis 2.0. Not to slight Big Baby, but the Celtics need Sullinger to be a legit low post scorer, not a stretch four. 12 rebounds is nice but based on the Anthony Randolph Summer League Projection Model, 12 boards equates to less than 3 at the big boy level.
JaJuan Johnson started the game at center without even jumping for the opening tip and finished with three rebounds and one, huge, hip-cracking fall after getting his legs taken out from under him by Al Thornton. The scene was scary but Johnson popped right up and knocked down the ensuing free throws. Despite only scoring 8 points, he finished the game with the highest +/- at +22. I’m going to defer to Hayes for an explanation on the accuracy of Johnson’s on-court value.
Sean “Big Time” Williams was dunked on big time and finished the game with numbers you’d like to see in an NBA game. Since this was Summer League, I’m not holding out much hope.
Ten Celtics player were outrebounded by Adam Morrison.
THE REASON WHY MORE GUYS LIKE ISAIAH THOMAS SHOULD GET A CHANCE
Jonathan Gibson entered the game in the second half and set the microwave on DESTROY (button right below Popcorn). With his three point barrage, the Celtics were able to make up and put some distance between themselves and the NETS in the second half. He probably should be given a chance to be the third guard on a team’s depth chart but probably won’t given the fact that he doesn’t create for anyone else. He played well for a really bad Turkish team last year but he’s probably built more for the NBA than the Turkish league.
E’Twaun Moore did what we wanted him to do. He was the most polished guy on that floor for much of the game and he stuffed the stat sheet like you want a backup combo guard to do. He also played adequate defense highlighted by a big block on Tyshawn Taylor.
Dionte Christmas had another fairly solid game but his jumper is streaky and his lateral quickness is suspect. I’m not sure there’s room in the NBA for another Jodie Meeks, especially one who isn’t as good as Jodie Meeks.
Jamar Smith should be the new JSMOOV of whatever international/DLeague team he plays for.
PLAYERS I WANT BACKING UP PAUL PIERCE INSTEAD OF JEFF GREEN’S SOON-TO-BE UNTRADEABLE CONTRACT
Kris Joseph has been the biggest surprise of the Celtics Summer League. He hustles, he rebounds. Yesterday, he even showed he could defend a little by making a huge chase down block at the rim. Joesph wants to play in this league and it shows.
WHY WAS THIS GUY A FIRST ROUND PICK
Craig Brackins. Somebody, please provide me video evidence of this guy playing good basketball. I love his height, size, and mohawk but those alone do not make an NBA player (trust me, I bought the clippers just to try it).