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Summer League Rookie Ratings, Harangody #4

David Thorpe of ESPN ranks the rookies and their summer league performances in the NBA Insider article below. Celtics rook Luke Harangody ranked 4th among all and obviously impressed more than just the Celtics camp. Look who is #2 though. The player I still think the Celtics should of drafted instead of Avery Bradley, Damion James. I know it’s only the summer league, but I got a feeling about this guy. He may not become an NBA superstar, but he’s a player who could of came in and helped out right away. It also would of been nice to see him running the floor with Rajon Rondo for years to come. I guess we will just have to wait and see what Bradley can do before we really start comparing the the picks. I hope I’m wrong.

1. John Wall, Wizards
Summer-league stats: 23.5 ppg, 7.8 apg, 4 rpg

Wall struggled as a shooter and was caught looking to score more often than I expected, but he was still nothing short of spectacular most of the week. He’s just faster than everyone on the floor and is excited to share the ball (most of the time).

He’s also totally OK with the idea of being a star and loves putting on a show. Don’t read that the wrong way — he’s all about winning, he’s a selfless player and he’s a huge favorite to win rookie of the year.

2. Damion James, Nets
Summer-league stats: 18.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1 apg

James started off just OK in Orlando and then took off from there. His great energy combined with a solid outside stroke and lots of confidence makes him a scoring machine who just keeps coming at his opponent. It’s fair to expect rotation minutes for him at the start of the season.

3. DeMarcus Cousins, Kings

Summer-league stats: 14.5 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg

In a league that values franchise centers so much, it’s still hard to accept how Cousins fell to the fifth pick. We all know about his faults, but his hands, reach and feel will make him a dominant rebounder immediately, and his touch as a finisher is impressive. On top of that, his passing — both out of the low block and in starting the fast break — is what has me most excited about him.

4. Luke Harangody, Celtics
Summer-league stats: 16.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.6 apg

He doesn’t pass the eye test as far as NBA players are concerned, but he passes everything else. He shot the ball well, rebounded like a beast and played just about as well as any rookie could hope to. I’m not sure he’ll play in the NBA at all this season, but he certainly showed that he has a future.

5. Derrick Caracter, Lakers
Summer-league stats: 15.4 ppg, 8.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg

Here was my checklist when watching DC this week: Did he rebound ferociously? Did he compete hard on defense? Could he finish shots around the rim? Did his body look ready? Check, check, check and check. The Lakers have to be thrilled they found an NBA player so late in the draft. Now they have to keep him moving in the right direction.

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  1. Hunter Thomas


    July 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Say Bradley does pan out… does anyone see him starting with Rondo side by side in the future. I just don’t see it right now.

  2. bballee

    July 24, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    As far as Bradley goes, I saw a lot of him too. Not well used at Texas, I think he will actually make a better pro than college player. Reminds me of a much quicker Hinrich. Less accuracy from long range, at least so far, but he is so young–as players mature and get stronger, good mid-range shooters often become pretty good 3-point shooters. He is very effective from mid-range, accurate, quick jump, quick release. Good driver but mediocre finisher, at least in his one college season.

  3. bballee

    July 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    You are right that James needs to play the three. I got a lot of chances to see him the past two years and love him as a college PF. I just don’t see the quickness that will let him excel at SF. If he can, then he will have a lot of Pierce’s game. He certainly looks more likely to make the transition down a position than does Harangody.

  4. ford lover

    July 24, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Thinking. It’s always the same thing. To think is to go crazy.

  5. Dustin Chapman

    July 24, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Tyler, if Bradley pans out, I don’t see anything negative that can come out of it. He’s either a terrific combo guard to bring in off the bench or a nice little chip to shop around. I agree with bballee, James probably fits in Boston better in 2010-11, but Danny took the best prospect available regardless of position and I think that’s usually the way to go on draft night. Bradley’s got legitimate upside. James, to me, is what he is… which is fine. I think he’ll be a nice rotation player for a long time, but James’ ceiling is nowhere near Avery’s ceiling.

  6. Hunter Thomas


    July 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm


    I was having troubles posting the whole article, but I just put up what they said about Harangody. Ill try and get the whole thing up later.

    About James… how is he undersized? Maybe for a PF, but I still see him as a SF in the league. He’s 6-7 and a beast and has shown he can make a three pointer if needed. I do realize Avery Bradley has a higher ceiling and I agree with that 100%, but what is his future here in Boston?

    He’s too small to be a SG and Rondo is our PG of the future so I guess I just don’t get where he fits in unless they just plan for him to be a backup defender his whole career. If that’s the case I would of rather drafted for need this year and that would of been Damion James.

  7. bballee

    July 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    You write “in the NBA Insider article below” but no link, not that I am an ESPN Insider anyway. You may be right about James. Certainly he is more NBA-ready, but he’s much older, undersized, and has a much lower ceiling. We would probably have gotten more out of him this year but I think Danny made the right long term decision. I see James as serviceable 6th man potential while Bradley could be starter material or even a 2nd tier star. For this year, if he makes Nate a trading chip by the deadline, I’ll call Danny’s late mid-round pick a home run.

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