Yes, it's Summer League, yes it's Summer League, yes it's Summer League. Have we gotten all the caveats out of the way? Solid.
The Raptors played ten men last night, four of whom can potentially lay claim to an actual NBA roster spot. (It would have been five, but we learned yesterday that second round pick DeAndre Daniels has a Jones fracture in his right foot, which, yikes.) They're the names you would expect: Bruno Caboclo, Lucas Nogueira, Delon Wright, and Norman Powell.
For the game, Caboclo went for 15 points on 5-of-10 shooting (including an encouraging 3-of-5 from three). He also grabbed five boards and had three steals. His Brazilian counterpart Nogueira had 10 points to go with his five boards (and two blocks). Both guys showed their strengths--Bruno showed his range, Bebe showed his size.
In the backcourt, Powell had himself a game going for 20 points on 8-of-15 shooting and flying around the court. He also garnered two steals, one block, one made three, and a few "this guy can play" reactions.
Finally, the Raptors most recent draft pick, Wright, showed why he's got the chops to run an NBA team. He potted nine points to go with nine assists (and zero turnovers).
Overall there was a lot to like with the young guns' performances. It remains to be seen who will be where once the NBA season starts (end of the Raptors bench or playing big minutes for the 905) but it was clear the Raptors have some talent waiting in the wings.
Now say it with me again: Yes, it's Summer League. Yes, it's Summer League. Yes, it's Summer League.
What did you guys think of the game?