|2014 Las Vegas Summer League
|July 18, 2014
|Thomas & Mack Center | Las Vegas, NV
|NBA Summer League Live
|James Michael McAdoo
The Bucks (mercifully?) close out their summer league slate Friday afternoon against the Warriors, who like the Bucks lost out on the dream of a Vegas championship with a loss on Wednesday. Tragic for all parties. That said, the Warriors arrived in Vegas with far less top-end talent than the Bucks, with rookie head coach Steve Kerr the most notable name on the Warriors' roster.
On the court, Golden State has been "led" by second-year guard Nemanja Nedovic (10.8 ppg, 1.8 apg, 2.3 to) and journeyman wing Justin Holiday, the 25-year-old brother of Jrue who has been shockingly effective over the last three games (23 ppg) after scoring just 2 in the Warriors' opener last Friday. Other than that you've got a couple familiar names in undrafted rookies James Michael McAdoo and Aaron Craft, but nobody else terribly interesting.
As for for the Bucks, the story remains the same: give lots of touches to Jabari Parker and Giannis Antetokounmpo (if he plays) and hope for the best. Giannis has of course been among the major stories in Vegas, stealing some of the spotlight from his highly touted rookie teammate with a team-best 17.0 ppg to go with 5.8 rpg and 1.8 assists (nevermind the 4.5 turnovers...this is Vegas).
Meanwhile, Parker could really use a big game to cap an up-and-down week--or perhaps more accurately, we could really use a big game from Parker. Not that his week has raised any real red flags for the long-term; his talent is obvious, and he might be quicker and a better ballhandler than many thought he was. But it's fair to say he hasn't shone as brightly as some of his fellow rookies, averaging an only-decent 14.5 ppg on 38% shooting. Jabari will be fine and we'll survive either way, but it'd be nice to start off the dog days of summer with some fresh memories of Jabari torching summer league dudes, you know?