Tonight against the Utah Jazz, the New Orleans Pelicans drastically improved their play from Friday night's Summer League opening night blowout loss to the Lakers, but the final score still resulted in a loss. But in the NBA, Summer League Championships are not the goal, getting valuable playing time for rookie draft picks Buddy Hield and Cheick Diallo is the most important thing. Here's the breakdown for tonight's Pels-Jazz game, particularly the play of Hield and Diallo.
July 11, 2016
Last July, in the Las Vegas Summer League, the Pelicans won their first 5 games before bowing out in the playoff semifinals. The young Pels squad, which featured the league's highest scorer & leading assist man, was exciting to watch. Seth Curry parlayed his 24.3 ppg into a deal with the Kings, while Larry Drew II took his 7.8 assists...back to the D-League via France. This summer, Drew is back with the Pels, and has a fantastic story about rookie Buddy Hield demanding the game winning shot.
July 6, 2016
Everyone agrees that Buddy Hield is one of the best long range shooters in basketball. But many folks can't agree if Hield will be an all-around NBA star player like Steph Curry or Klay Thompson, or more like Kyle Korver, who is basically just a 3-point specialist. Although it's nice to be compared to 3 players who have at least one All-Star Game appearance under their belt, Hield feels his shooting range is just as good as that trio...and so is his game. Here's Buddy talking about it today.
July 5, 2016
Without a 1st round pick the last three summers, even the hardest core of New Orleans Pelican fans found it tough to watch their team participate in the NBA Summer League. Not since Anthony Davis & Austin Rivers came into the league in 2012, has there been the type of excitement that is being generated this summer. With long ball extraordinaire Buddy Hield, and intriguing prospect Cheick Diallo, fans can't wait to watch the youngsters participate later this week in Las Vegas. For all details...
July 3, 2016