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PostPosted: Wed Jul 22, 2009 1:19 pm    Post subject: HoopsWorld.com, All-Summer League Teams

First Team

    PG: Russell Westbrook (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Westbrook was by far the best point guard of the summer. He tapered off a bit in Vegas, but when paired with James Harden the Thunder was virtually unstoppable. Westbrook's feel for the game and understanding of how to create was one of the best showings of the summer. Once he adds a consistent three-point shot, he could move into top-10 point guard status. He's not that far away.

    SG: James Harden (Oklahoma City Thunder) – Harden didn't look like a rookie very often this summer. You knew he could score, but his ability to be in the right spot in almost every situation was unmatched. His feel for the game was exceptional and the chemistry on that Thunder squad made him one of the best performers this summer.

    SF: DaJuan Summers (Detroit Pistons) – There were a lot of good players in the small forward category, but from the first game to the last game DaJuan Summers was exceptional. He was aggressive with the basketball, effective in scoring, played great defense and really did not look like a second-round pick at all. He had an exceptional summer.

    PF: Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers) – Griffin was everything advertised and a little more. He hit jumpers, hit three point shots, played great post basketball and did the little things you rarely see rookies doing. He wowed the crowd with pre-game dunk routines that might get him consideration for the dunk contest if he lobbied for it. The only weakness in Griffin's game is free throw shooting, where he'd give Shaq a run for his money. Griffin handled everyone he faced and no one had success guarding him, even when the triple-teams came.

    C: Roy Hibbert (Indiana Pacers) – Hibbert actually looked the part of a starting center in the NBA this summer. He got strong post position, handled the ball extremely well, he finished strong, averaging better than 20 points per game. Hibbert was an active and aggressive rebounder and really ran the floor hard. He was arguably the most impressive center of the summer and has likely earned himself the starting center job for the Pacers.

Second Team

    PG: Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks) – Jennings was probably the biggest surprise of the summer. He entered the Summer League with questions about his ability to lead a team and he not only lead his team, he was extremely good at it. Jennings was a vocal communicator, an adept set-up man and actually showed a nice array of offensive moves. He was a better than expected defender and really silenced a lot of his critics.

    SG: Marcus Thornton (New Orleans Hornets) – Thornton can flat-out score. He gives up a few inches to most players that guard him, but his lighting quick release, his ability to hit shots from all over the floor was impressive. When paired with Darren Collision the tandem was almost unstoppable. Thornton looks poised to be an exceptional weapon off the bench for the Hornets, and he had a monster summer showing.

    SF: Chase Budinger (Houston Rockets) – Chase Budinger was phenomenal in virtually every game. He was far more athletic than expected, and he was a killer on offense. Budinger really looked good in the NBA game, and while not nearly the athlete others were he was clearly better than advertised and one of the most consistent players this summer.

    PF: Anthony Randolph (Golden State Warriors) – Randolph was a monster. He was aggressive at the rim, scoring big numbers every game – tying the league record before teammate Anthony Morrow shattered it. He challenged every shot at the rim, almost playing volleyball in some instances. The only knock on Randolph was he did not rebound the ball nearly enough, but his offensive game was something to watch.

    C: JaVale McGee (Washington Wizards) – McGee was drafted as a project Big Man, and he looked remarkably better this summer than last. Center play was not exceptional this summer, so McGee makes the list with little real competition. That shouldn't take away from his strong performance. He showed a lot of skill in the paint and looks like a NBA center, in a couple of season he could become very good, which is what Washington wanted when they drafted him last year. McGee proved this summer he is on his way, he could be a surprise player for the Wizards this season.

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