The NBA continues to innovate their summer league product with a tournament of all summer league teams. The Bulls claimed the second seed by going 3-0 throughout the first week of Vegas.
Marquis Teague looks like he's really improved his game. He's one of the few players who's really running a team in summer league. His passing has been much improved and after a poor opener in terms of shooting, Teague shot 13/26 with 15 free throw attempts over the past two games. Teague's also averaged six assists a game over summer league which is a nice tally.
All in all, Teague looks explosive going to the rim, and he looks like he's improved considerably in terms of doing something positive once he's there. Probably not worth getting too excited, but Teague has now shown some pretty strong flashes of ability. He was awfully young when the Bulls drafted him, but he has a pretty high ceiling due to his athleticism if he can continue to develop. It wouldn't surprise me if Teague takes over the back up PG role full time in two seasons and the Bulls only pursue a 3rd PG as an emergency / vet min guy.
Tony Snell put it in a rather pedestrian performance over summer league so far. At times he looked like he could shoot, defend, and pass. He pulled down 11 boards over the past two games, averaging 5.5 a game which is awfully nice for a guy who had a knock of poor rebounder against him. That said, Snell also looked passive frequently which was one of the knocks on him as well. Snell didn't do anything to really excite, but he didn't do anything to disappoint either.
After a "not an NBA player" start, Erik Murphy recovered to hit 11/16 and 6/8 from beyond the arc over the next two games. He still looks like he'll have issues fouling, but he's supposed to be a shooter, and he showed that he can shoot.
I hope the Bulls can bring Andrew Goudelock to camp. They probably need a big man more than Goudelock, but with Nate Robinson clearly leaving, the Bulls could use a guy who can fill up the scoreboard with points while creating their own shot even if they're inconsistent. They don't really have any shot creators [even pedestrian to bad ones] outside of Derrick Rose, and Goudelock can do that.
He had two monster games vs one poor one which is good enough for me to say he deserves a shot to take the roster spot from Malcolm Thomas or whomever else the Bulls might consider at the minimum. It's also possible (though unlikely IMO) that the Bulls could keep 14 guys on the roster. That said, Goudelock is probably better off hitting someone else's camp that has more room on their roster to add them.
In terms of summer league, I think the tournament is a nice idea. I like the thought of the teams having a mini championship to play for even if it's completely meaningless. It will be interesting to see how many teams take it somewhat seriously or whether they use the extra games to play their scrubbier players.
Totally meaningless like the rest of summer league, but I'm still excited to see how the Bulls do.
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