Monday, July 23, 2012

Tar Heels Summer League Recap

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The 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas ended Sunday night.  North Carolina had six participants in the 5 game season.  Here is a recap of how the former Tar Heels performed:

Harrison Barnes (Golden State Warriors):  Barnes helped the Warriors go undefeated with a 5-0 record in summer league.  Barnes struggled shooting the ball as he was just below 40% from the field but shot 57% from beyond the arc.  Barnes did average 16.8 points and 5.6 rebounds per game.  I still feel like Barnes is going to be a steal at number seven and a Golden State starting lineup consisting of: Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Barnes, David Lee and Andrew Bogut has a lot of potential.

Ed Davis (Toronto Raptors):  Davis quietly averaged 16.2 points and 9.4 rebounds a game. Davis is another NBA player that was drafted on "potential".  Davis will be entering his third season as he showed promise last season but still needs work on his offensive game.

John Henson (Milwaukee Bucks):  Some NBA draft experts said Henson would be the best pro of the four Tar Heels drafted this year.  Henson missed the Bucks first game due to the flu but nothing would slow him down the rest of summer league.  Henson averaged 18.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.  Henson also received NBA Summer League All Star honors.

Kendall Marshall (Phoenix Suns):  Like Henson, Marshall missed a game in the summer league but that was due to not being under contract when the summer league started.  Marshall struggled shooting the ball in his first three games but his finally Saturday night looked like the "Butter" we grew to love at Chapel Hill as he had a double-double with 15 points and 10 assist.  Marshall did lead all summer league participants with 6.5 assist per game.

Deon Thompson (Memphis Grizzlies):  Last I reported Thompson had just won MVP in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague tournament. He has started the first two games for Memphis but was replaced in the starting lineup because Memphis went with a smaller lineup.  Thompson's numbers actually improved when he was replaced in the starting lineup.  He averaged 11 points and 6 rebounds a game. Thompson expressed his gratitude towards the Grizzlies via twitter saying " Thank you to the Grizzlies for a great opportunity to wear their uniform and represent their organization this summer."  It will be interesting to see where Thompson ends up as he has a great work ethic and desire to improve his game.

Tyler Zeller (Cleveland Cavaliers):   Zeller averaged 11 points, 7 rebounds and one block per game.  Zeller also shot over 90% from the free throw line and 46% from the field.  

**Justin Knox played in the Orlando Summer League for the Utah Jazz but was let go before Las Vegas Leagues started.

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