July 18, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Sacramento Kings point guard Jimmer Fredette (7) takes a shot in the second half of the game against the Toronto Raptors at the Thomas & Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
The 2012 Las Vegas Summer League has come and gone, and we won't be watching Kings basketball again until pre-season begins. Summer League is essentially glorified pickup games, but it does allow you to get a good glimpse at new, young players, see what older players have learned, and get introduced to some new names trying to get into the league.
So what did we learn from Summer League this year:
- Jimmer Fredette still has a LOT of work to do running a team as the primary PG.
- Jimmer Fredette is a much better player when he's aggressive and looking for his shot. He also does a good job of seeking contact, which is a must for him, since a Free Throw is almost an automatic point for him (35 of 40 from FT line in 5 games)
Thomas Robinson can rebound the ball. We knew that.
- Thomas Robinson is very good at handling and passing the ball for a big man. We didn't know that.
- Thomas Robinson needs to slow down and become more patient, particularly around the basket where he had a tough time putting the ball in.
- Josh Akognon can flat out score. 19.3 PPG on just 10 shots a game in just 18.3 minutes a game. While I think the Kings are set on scoring guards, he deserves a camp invited somewhere.
- Tony Mitchell is athletic, versatile, and can shoot. He should get a camp invite from the Kings.
- Michael Lee is a good shooter. Another possible camp invite.
- If you don't play defense and celebrate undefended dunks while getting blown out, you're gonna get waived.
- Darnell Jackson and Yancy Gates may not be the tallest big men, but they are BIG men.
- Tyler Honeycutt missed out on a good learning experience due to an unfortunate injury.
Jimmer's wife doesn't appreciate you publicly lusting after her husband.
That's what I took from Summer League anyway.