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Summer League continues to provide encouraging results

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) July 11, 2012 Summer League 7 Comments

Final score (85-77) and three-game winning streak aside, Celtics fans have reason continue to be encouraged by the performances this week at the Orlando Summer League.

Jared Sullinger continues to show signs of being NBA-ready… this time by scoring 16 points on 7-12 shooting while also grabbing 8 rebounds and blocking 2 shots.  It wasn’t all great for Sullinger, who also made his fair share of mistakes, but he continues to show a knack for getting the ball up towards the rim with positive results.  Call me nuts, but he has this crazy, Leon Powe-like way of getting the ball to find the bottom of the net.

E’Twaun Moore had a better day offensively, hitting 6 of his 11 shots for 15 points.  This is encouraging because what E’Twaun has shown is that with a little more familiarity with his teammates comes greater comfort and better performance.  I don’t want to overstate Summer League results, but this is small, yet critical development that shows that he can at least adjust to what’s going on around him.  In a setting where you’re looking for development in a player… this is a big one.

JaJuan Johnson also showed a bit more comfort on the floor, hitting 5 of 8 shots, mostly from mid-range.  That’s going to be a big part of his game, and he’s been good at it this week.  I still feel like he needs to get into some martial arts or ballet classes to improve his coordination and quickness (no seriously, both of those are huge for guys his size who need to hone in their coordination) in addition to the obvious need to add a few pounds of muscle.

Kris Joseph continues to be solid and show that he’s going to make himself hard to ignore over the next two weeks and training camp.  He’s solid.  He looks like a future contributor.

Fab Melo had some unusual highlights… twice finding guys off the dribble for dunks.  Yeah, Fab Melo dribbled multiple times and whipped passes to guys for dunks.  No really.  I swear.  I saw it.

All in all, this is encouraging stuff.  I do implore everyone to temper their enthusiasm.  Be encouraged by what you see, but don’t extrapolate this out and expect Sullinger to be an 18/8 guy during the regular season already.  Give it time.  Just be happy that the five guys that matter most in this summer league are giving us something to be positive about.  This is a nice start to the offseason for Boston.  There are still miles to go, but these first few steps are definitely good ones.

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  • Josh

    Lol yeah that Fab Melo fast break was surprising to everyone. Good game. Kris Joseph is impressing me big time.
    Sean Williams and JJ are let downs by my standards

  • Jester00

    I called it I watched this kid play four years for the great buckeye state SULLY can and will play this year!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Danny steal of the draft

    Let’s drink some beer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brian

    It was worth getting up at 11am to see this. Unlike yesterday where they came back at the end they were in control for most of the game. Joseph has been great so far for a 2nd round pick. He seems to be at the right place at the right time. You don’t see it in jujan johnson as much but there is a lot to be said for guys who have played four years. They know the fundamentals. I think he could be very similar to Danny Green on the Spurs…

    Fab had some sick passes for a guy with a low basketball IQ, and Jared complained a few times on calls but other then that I think he played a great game. Can’t wait to see Fab and Jared Bang with drummond tomorrow….

  • GarnettsGrl

    Let’s not forget Moore and Gibson, I know the focus of this post is mostly about the first rounders but I like what I’ve seen from most of them yes there is work to be done, I guess what I’m saying is that we have a nice pool to choose from

  • charlie

    But Doc doesn’t like to play young players. They’ll probably never help us. He let Bradley play even hurt and then he hurt the other shoulder – so – - -he won’t play or develop this summer. What is the point?

  • Vince

    Joseph looks the most polished of the three draft picks. Sullinger looks ok but Joseph looks better. Joseph will make this team as the 3rd shooting forward. Melo is the least polished but he will contribute. However, we need to be looking for a veteran center because if Garnett wants to play PF and Melo can`t score, how long can we leave Melo, a rookie, out on the floor? and if Stiesma goes to Minnesota?????

  • http://celtic-nation.com bballee

    Your comment about ballet or martial arts training for JaJuan really resonates. I prescribe 2 hours per day, 1 each on alternating days.