Las Vegas Summer League: Day 1 Recap

By Drew Packham,

The first day of Summer League action in Las Vegas closed out a marathon day of hoops (Just ask Lang Whitaker, who was a trooper  and blogged the whole thing for We got our first look at several lottery picks, including Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, who had 18 points, eight rebounds and four steals to help the Bobcats blow out the Kings 121-87 in the nightcap. Kidd-Gilchrist and Kemba Walker was an animated backcourt for the Bobcats, bringing a lot of energy, laughing and clapping throughout the game. (This is what winning feels like, Kemba.)

Rookie of the day: Donatas Motiejunas, Rockets. The Rockets’ 2011 draft night acquisition scored 25 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his first action with the team. Motiejunas was aggressive and showed off his shooting touch, knocking down a pair of 3-pointers.

Non-rookie of the day: Klay Thompson, who came on in the second half of the season, scored 24 points to lead Golden State’s 90-50  dismantling of the Lakers. The second-year guard out of Washington State was 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and showed why the Warriors were willing to deal Monta Ellis to the Bucks last season.

Stat of the day: 0-for-8. Jimmer Fredette‘s 3-point shooting in the Kings’ 121-87 loss to the Bobcats. He was 2-for-11 overall and had five fouls and generally looked deflated and lethargic throughout the game. Jimmer needs to pick things up if he wants to be a viable part of the Kings’ future.

Coming up: Four games Saturday, beginning with the Grizzlies and Knicks making their Summer League debuts at 4 p.m. ET. Kenneth Faried and the Nuggets play their first game in Las Vegas, against the Warriors, at 6 ET, followed by Lakers-Kings at 8 and Rockets-Wizards at 10.


  1. Jayke whittington says:

    im glad summer league a big bust for youngins, congrats noris cole from heat to be mentioned in lil wayne big sean and drake remix of ‘all of the lights remix’ @ 1:28 seconds,,,, thats got to boost his ego…. i love the heat and they are really building for the future, while all of haters think they looking towards next season alone, wrong buddy, ray allen and rashard lewis, wow 3 pointers and post ups, man even ray allen can post up… its time bosh explored center position… congrats heat, your only competition is if howard goes to lakers, or thunder can do something different.

  2. jasonjones says:

    Jimmer already is labeled a bust. Sad to see him shooting so bad. This is the one thing that Jimmer should be good at.

  3. underdog says:

    i see the Bobcats be a good defensive team this year. Kidd-Gilchrist on the perimeter and Biyombo underneath. I think they wouldn’t be the worst team this year unless they decide to tank. The Magic would be the worst team in the East i think but SAC would be the worst in the NBA because the West is more competitive and they are loaded in the wing with player who can’t really play defense, Their PGs also can’t defend, and their key players (Cousins, Tyreke) have issues of their own.

  4. Cord says:

    Jimmer better get it together before he is labeled a BUST….he really is a backup PG, he would thrive off a Drive n Kick players like LBJ, Wade, Kobe, Deron, Rubio, K Irving

  5. I just hope that the young talented players of Bobcats gets the attitude of Micheal Jordan

  6. Tony Hampton says:

    It physically hurt watching Jimmer play today. Just a year ago he was this dynamic scorer with escape moves, a snake bite release, and a relentless pursuit to score. Today I saw someone that I did not recognize. He was tentative, indecisive, and lacked confidence. He had a bad shooting day going 2-11 and that happens to all shooters. But what was more telling was how he missed. A number of his shots barely drew rim and a couple were air balls from 3. It appeared that he was not fully committed to the shot did not have control of his shot. Just a year ago he was boiling with confidence and was able to will shots in the hole. His body language today reaped dejection, confusion, and like he was broken. I’m really interested to see how he responds in his next summer league game. Now I know some of you are saying it’s just one summer league game. But the Nba has broken many men in it’s history and I’m hoping Jimmer can get the magic back before it”s to late.