Summer League Game 1 Takeaways

Last evening was the debut of Markelle Fultz in the Utah Jazz Summer League against the Boston Celtics (I don’t even know what the score was. I never remembered to look at it. Summer League basketball.), and I’m already dreaming of playoffs. While playoffs may/may not be an expectation of the Sixers depending on who you ask, I have no doubt that Fultz will transition very smoothly to the NBA. He flashed a variety of tools to score, shooting 6 of 16, 3-4 FTs, (not a great percentage, but I’m okay with the guy being rusty considering it has been 5 months since he’s last played competitive basketball) for 17 points, with 3 rebounds, 2 assists and 3 blocks. Fultz would have had even more assists if he had guys around him who could, you know, shoot. I was really impressed with the way Fultz used multiple ways to score, including a sweet hesitation up-and-under, or as Kevin Durant put it:

Sorry Kev, we’re not all 6’10” world class athletes.

Here it is:

Fultz also did this:

And this:

It was really exciting to watch… except for when pretty much anyone else had the ball. Summer League basketball is painful at times. Especially when some guys are hoping and praying they can show enough just to make the league. The result is Larry Drew II going 150 m.p.h., somehow maintaining within the same 3 foot radius and then bricking a fade away jumper as the shot clock expires. G-League players withstanding, there were other notables from the game:

  • I believe Jonah Bolden is going to be a very good player. Many analysts, whose basketball eyes are far better than mine, have already called him the steal of the draft simply due to the fact that had he remained at UCLA instead of playing Euro Ball in the Serbian League, he would have been a first round pick. Bolden had 9 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist and 4 blocks. While only shooting 1 of 4 from 3PT land, he showed a willingness to shoot the deep ball, which I love to see from a guy who is 6’10”. Bolden flashed 3 PT shooting in his Serbian League tape:
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  • There’s something unsettling about having to watch Aaron Harrison playing basketball in a Sixers’ uniform.
  • St. Joseph’s product Isaiah miles had himself a day, with 10 points and 7 rebounds in only 15 minutes, including 2 3PTs.
  • Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot didn’t shoot it great, to say the least. I’m looking at the box score on NBA.com, and I can’t believe my eyes. It says he went 1 of 9 from deep, that can’t be right, can it? Sheesh.
  • It is disappointing Ben Simmons isn’t taking part in Summer League basketball.
  • Sixers are back in action on Wednesday at 9 p.m., playing host Utah Jazz. If you can’t find it, it’s because it is on TCN while the Phillies make a mockery of baseball on CSN. But Nola looks good!

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