Posted by: Kingsguru21 | July 16, 2009

What is struggling in the Summer League? How should we define that?

This is going to be short because I’m in school and don’t have a lot of time to post theories today. But, if I did, it would be some 2500 word version of why Donte Greene might be struggling because Shakespeare, Proust, and Tupac deemed it or so. Or, some such bullshit like that anyway.

The point?

A does not necessarily equal B. Sometimes A, C, D, E, F Z and Q equal B.

That’s why saying Donte Greene is struggling, while easy to lament, is a bit far-fetched at this point. It’s summer league, and he’s playing with a ball dominant guard who has exactly the very issue (that people like LPA, and myself on draft day) that is hurting Donte: Where do you get a player the ball for him to be most effective?

(The same can easily be said of Jason Thompson as well.)

Donte can create shots for himself, and with all due respect to this piece, Donte can put up shots well above an average rate. The problem? Tyreke Evans is a G who scores, and at high rates, so if he isn’t doing that, than it will be rather difficult to integrate Donte, who definitely needs the ball in his hands to be the most effective, and subsequently find a way to mesh Donte and Tyreke together as players.

The biggest problem for Donte is that the shots he is taking may be out of his real comfort zone, and he hasn’t learned how to take advantage of his exploits. (I think Donte’s tendency to take stock of the past hurts him a bit too. After all, he laments he could have been a top 5 pick this season had he stayed at ‘Cuse. I don’t know if that’s the case, but Donte needs to be stupid and ignorant of the past. It’s usually what helps players past these type’s of issue’s. Being arrogant enough to believe you can do anything means you have to believe the impossible for someone else is well within your grasp. That’s one of Donte’s problems anyway. Whether it’s all of them or not I do not know.)

Summer League is hardly the best way to do that. G’s tend to dominate the action as assistant coaches often roll the ball out and say, “Go to it, kid.” It seems more than that, in reality, when a fellow named Pete Carril is coaching, but really, this Summer League may say something about Tyreke Evans, and nothing more.

We all have to be prepared for that possibility. Now, go back to your Xanax induced programming.

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