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The play-in games were a resounding success for the National Basketball Association. Obviously, single elimination games have this fascinating mystique around them. With it added into the NBA, and with fans entering the arenas again, it made these situations that much sweeter. The play-in games were a resounding success for...
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22 year old 6’7, 220 pound forward out of Gonzaga. Averaged 18.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.8 assists on 52.9% fg, 44.0% 3, 87.8% ft. This was by far the easiest scout I’ve done yet. This is due to the fact that Corey has a very defined role that every team needs: he is the BEST shooter this class has to offer. There are plenty of great shooters in this class but what makes him stand above all? What makes him a truly special shooter is that he can shoot in every way imaginable; off the catch he’s got it, off the dribble he’s got it, moving he’s got it, from deep he’s got it. This makes him the best and most versatile shooter in this draft. He has one of the most smoothe shots I have ever seen as it is the textbook quick trigger shot you want from every prospect. As a catch and shoot player few match him with how consistent he is and how he is fantastic as a shooter from everywhere on the floor. He is someone who you can not even give an ounce of daylight because he really just doesn’t miss when open. Unless your contest is great it barely even affects him, which shows how confident he is. That confidence is so important because you can be the best shooter in the world but if you don’t think you are the best then it doesn’t matter. He is a player you can completely shift a game with his shooting alone, like in the Virginia game where he dominates without even dribbling much, very Klay Thompson-esk. When he gets hot you can see him start to hit these crazy shots that only the best shotmakers can, some near logo shots in there that are just awesome. His off ball ability is fantastic which is what really makes the best shooters the best. If he catches the person guarding him slipping for a second he does a perfect job of relocating to get himself open. Just always a guy who is in the right place at the right time. On the fastbreak he is always in the right spot while the defense is scrambling to get a wide open three. He is elite at running off screens which gives his coach a ton of creativity of different off ball plays they can run. I absolutely love the baseline out of bounds play that Gonzaga ran for him. The shots he was able to make while fading off screens really impressed me. It puts the defense in such a tough spot because Kispert only needs a split second to get his shot off, meaning they have to switch which leads to mismatches. Going more into how he can help teammates he is a very good playmaker, just not in the traditional sense. His gravity is something that opens up the game for everyone on the court so much. He stretches out the defense so much with how he can be a threat from multiple feet beyond the arch. When he runs off screens the slip man gets open so frequently because the defense is always scrambling to close out to him. On the break there are plenty of examples as well of his gravity on the perimeter leading to wide open baskets around the hoop. While most of his shots came off the catch there were some promising signs of his pump faking, taking one dribble to the side and hitting shots. While shooting will always be the thing Corey is known for he really came around as an all around player during his 4 years at Gonzaga. His finishing is definitely the biggest strong suit outside of shooting. While he may not look very strong on the surface, he is well built and this helps him be the 63.2% finisher that he is. While this is the most prototypical thing to say about a white guy who can dunk, he does have some sneaky athleticism too with some impressive dunks both off 1 and 2 feet. He went from a strict spot up shooter to someone who could use handoffs to get a head of steam going downhill or use a fake effectively to get his defenders off their feet and attack. While the moves he used to beat defenders were not very complex, they were simple but effective. Some nice hesitations, jab steps, and crossovers in there that I feel he can continue to expand on to grow his scoring. His cutting is a very strong part of his game as well, he showed an advanced understanding of timing for when to cut and a great ability to finish. His touch around the hoop impressed me a lot where he showed off fantastic body control, using his strength to bounce off defenders and hit tough shots. He is a good rebounder as well where he yet again shows off the fact that he is much stronger than you may think. His defense is not amazing but him having an NBA ready body and being very smart on that end leads to him being solid, which is all you really need at a shooter his caliber.
The eye-test failed me on Brandon Clarke’s 2020-21 season. For my second player review this offseason, I am once again going across the northern border to Canada. This time, it’s Brandon Clarke. Two weeks ago, I took a look at the leap Dillon Brooks took in his fourth year in the league.
Baron Davis is one of the more revered recent players among Warriors fans, as he was the point guard and heartbeat of the iconic "We Believe" team. But as he explained to fellow "We Believe" teammates Stephen Jackson and Matt Barnes last week, he initially was wary of being traded to the Warriors during the 2004-05 season.
The Utah Jazz announced the return of Salt Lake City Summer League today for August 3, 4 and 6 at Vivint Arena. Tickets go on sale June 23. Teams participating in Salt lake City Summer League include two teams for the Utah Jazz, the San Antonio Spurs and the Memphis Grizzlies.
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After being canceled last year because of the pandemic, the Utah Jazz’s Salt Lake City Summer League will be returning in 2021. The Jazz announced Monday that the event, which will be in its sixth year, will be held Aug. 3, 4 and 6 at Vivint Arena. In years past, the Jazz have been joined by three other teams — in 2019, it was the Memphis Grizzlies, San Antonio Spurs and Cleveland Cavaliers — but will be joined by only two others this year, the Grizzlies and Spurs.
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19 year old 6’8, 215 pound forward out of Michigan. Averaged 12.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 3.0 assists on 47.7% fg, 34.3% 3, 83.5% ft. Franz Wagner has what every team wants in the modern NBA, size, athleticism, and versatility. While I have questions about his upside, I think at the very least he will be solid due to how well rounded he is. On defense he immediately impressed me, as he uses his great size and lateral quickness to be a very good one on one defender. This size and quickness on his feet gives him the versatility to guard multiple positions which is one the most valuable traits in the NBA. He can seamlessly switch on screens or rotate over to a different man with no problems. Going more into that ability to guard in screens he is so great at navigating around screens and with bigger players running pick n rolls more that is a very valuable part of his skillset. Consistently he can clamp up multiple positions, either wasting time on the shot clock or forcing his opponent into very tough shots. The length that he has with around a 6’11 wingspan allows him to make impactful closeouts every possession, shown in his opponents shooting 34% from the field while guarded by him which is just fantastic. Loved his transition defense as well where he was constantly hustling back to make plays. He also has very active hands on defense where he was constantly coming in while one pass away or swiping when his opponent was driving to make plays. He also showed off his quick hands in the passing lanes where he would jump passes often and then get easy transition buckets, continuing to be just an absolute pest. Weak side defense was another strength for him as he continued to show off a great ability to make smart rotations and then make good contests, either forcing offensive players into tough shots or tough passes. On offense he is a jack of all trades. In transition he ran the floor very well as he used his long strides to beat the pack and then some good footwork to get easy finishes. I love what he can bring to an offense as a big playmaker. His play out of the PnR was highly impressive as he was always composed and showed great touch on high level passes. Some great examples of him making crisp bounce passes to cutters and roll men. He always is keeping the ball moving and making the extra pass to go from a good shot to a great shot. His finishing is yet another solid area where he used long strides to get by defenders and excellent touch to finish. He was great at generating easy looks for himself at the basket by cutting at the perfect time and either continuing to show off impressive touch or his leaping to finish with powerful slams. While outside shooting was an inconsistent area for him it is something that had plenty of good stretches. With his solid form and very good free throw percentage I am confident that with more reps he can become a very solid shooter, adding even more to his offensive repertoire.
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (WMC) - The Memphis Grizzlies will compete in the 2021 Salt Lake City Summer League. The summer league is a four-team, six game round-robin showcase that will be held August 3, 4, and 6 at Vivint Arena. The summer league showcases rookies selected in the 2021 NBA draft competing in their first NBA games, sophomores, select free agents, and athletes competing to make NBA and NBA G League regular season rosters.
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