Summer League came to an end this weekend and our very own Josh Selby took home the co-MVP award, sharing it with Portland's lottery pick, Damian Lilliard. Selby averaged a league-high 27.5 points per game, including a sizzling 64% of his three-point attempts. Included in that statistic is his summer-league high 35 point effort against the Wizards.
If Selby can replicate even a fraction of that lights-out shooting against tougher competition, he may help fill the Grizzlies need for outside shooting. Although he was shooting the lights out, his other feats weren't nearly as impressive – aside from his crippling defense. While he had his fair share of assists, he didn't create many shots and his game from inside the perimeter was still hampered by his shoddy ball-handling skills. His scoring binge should do wonders for his confidence, though.
Even though Selby was named co-MVP (along with Portland rookie Damian Lillard) after notching a league-high 27.5 points per game on 59% shooting, I actually came away from this five-game Vegas stretch more excited about Wroten, whose more erratic game suggest greater upside.
The other Grizzly making his summer league debut this year was late first-round pick Tony Wroten Jr. While Wroten amplified the notion that he is an out-of-control guard that doesn't shoot well, his high-energy has been encouraging. While he did shoot just 20% from outside of the arc, he got to the rim with easy, often slicing and dicing to set up open teammates for easy opportunities.
Wroten's passing ability has me very intrigued, to say the least. While there are many skills that can be taught through hard work, good vision is one of the most impossible. The Pac-12 guard with ferocious defensive tenacity often looked like a maestro on the floor, creating easy layups almost every chance he got.
The one thing about Tony is that he's a risk-taker. Whether those risks can be equated into a net-positive in the NBA is yet to be seen and we probably won't know until sometime next season. Despite his potential and talent, Wroten is a project that probably won't see much playing time in the 2012-2013 season.
The book on Wroten coming in was that he's got a lot of work to do on his shot and that he would be turnover prone, and both of those things are clearly going to be problems. Wroten shot 3-15 from three-point range (and 1-12 over his final four games), while registering 14 turnovers to his 20 assists.Tags: Basketball, Damian Lilliard, Josh Selby, Memphis, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA