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Giddens impresses in Orlando

RedsArmyAdmin July 8, 2009 Uncategorized 5 Comments

Giddens summer league We keep looking for little glimmers of goodness from the typical pile of ugliness that is Summer League basketball. 

It's understandable.  On the one hand, we've got us fans… who are desperately looking for any sign at all that guys like Gabe Pruitt, Lester Hudson, or Bill Walker have figured something out and will help this team.

"Hey… that was a great rebound. We need that from him"
"whoa.. he hit that shot from deeper than usual.  That's new"
"hey… nice pass.  When did he learn that?  That can help us!"

On the other hand, we've got 5 guys on the floor trying to impress coaches.  And you don't do that by passing ALL the time.  These guys are trying to show they've got a quicker first step… a more fluid jumper… a better grasp of the game.  So they often try to do a little too much.

So that makes it hard or us to figure out who is really getting what done.  But one guy who HAS made an impression on a seasoned observer, Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune (via True Hoop), is JR Giddens.

In the first quarter, Giddens missed two jumpers over Kasib Powell,
before electing to attack the basket. He served notice by flipping the
ball off the backboard for an alley-oop dunk in warmups, then drove for
a ferocious slam midway through the opening period.

"You know,
J.R. tells me that he was a shooter in high school and early in
college,” Jones joked. "He's a guy that can really fill out a stat
sheet. Obviously, his energy is terrific and he has a great motor. Part
of that is why he needs to just settle himself down just a little bit.” 


Giddens finally got a jumper to fall in the third quarter, then sized
up Powell and buried another. He missed two shots in the final minute
– including a potential game-tying 3-pointer after Coby Karl's
inbounds steal — but it was a successful afternoon all the same.


"I would say that the big thing with him is that once he slows down, I
think he's way better,” Longabardi said. "He's just been so excited
because he wants to play so much, so badly.”

The emergence of Giddens would be HUUUGE for the C's.  If he can play that 2/3 position, it would bode well for our future.  Of course, Summer League success can be deceiving.  But like I said… we're looking or any glimmer of positivity from this week… and that's what this is.

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  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    haha exactly right, especially the he hit that shot from deeper than usual comment lol
    im actually one of the few guys that prefer JR over Bill, hopefully he can put it together, lets see if he plays that dominating defense that doc and danny tried to sell us on when he drafted him, he is definitely athletic
    i was disheartened by gabes 1 for 6 effort from the three point line yesterday
    and by the defense of swift and fazekas, they need to learn the rotations, they look extremely slow footed right now

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    right now, Giddens is sort of like tony allen. extremely athletic, not much of a jumpshot, needs to calm down when he’s on the court. the good news is that JRs coming off his rookie season instead of his sixth. I think JR can be really good if he can get that jumpshot down

  • thetitleisours

    Another factor may be that Walker has had a history of injuries. If it is close, Giddens has an edge

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p0115704263ce970b Papa Irish

    another difference is that JR is bigger and can defend more positions than tony
    and tony showed great potential over his first three years here
    his first one especially, he is still here for three reasons
    1. his outstanding play his rookie year 2. his 2 week period before he hurt his knee where he looked like an allstar and 3. his ridiculous dunk in garbage time in game six of the finals
    if he didnt have any of those three things happen he would be long gone by now

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01156f5ebb21970c JD

    I’m just hoping that Giddens can’t possibly be as dumb as TA. they do look like really similar players, except JR seems to have a tighter handle when dribbling the ball, and his jumpshot looks a little better too.