In case you have been in a LeBron-induced coma the past several days, the NBA summer league kicks off its Vegas leg tonight and four of Kentucky’s record five first round picks will make their pro debuts at the event. ESPN’s True Hoop blog gave a scouting report on some of the more intriguing names at this year’s session and, not surprisingly, the quartet of ex-Cats made an appearance in the piece. Here is what they had to say:
John Wall: Those fortunate enough to squeeze into Cox Pavilion on Sunday afternoon can say they saw Wall breeze up and down the court in a venue no bigger than a high school gym. That privilege is why we come to Summer League.
DeMarcus Cousins: Every summer, there’s a handful of players who force you to stake out your seat early in tiny Cox Pavilion. Cousins’ talent and makeup have been put under a microscope for the better part of a year. Now we’ll finally see that full package in an NBA context.
Patrick Patterson: Fully aware of his limitations, a high-percentage finisher around the basket, effective in transition, and physical defensively, Patterson is a tailor-made big man for the Rockets.
Eric Bledsoe: The Clippers spent much of the spring trying to figure out how to swoop in and grab Bledsoe with a mid-first-round pick. They got their man, a lanky speedster who might the second-best point guard in this draft class.