It's nice to see JV getting respect from down south, even if it's just D-League attention. I saw similar things said on SI, so JV is definitely turning some heads.
D-League is only barely ahead of the Drew league in terms of barometer for NBA success, but the fact that one guy even mentioned JV as Most Improved in 2014 is big. JV certainly looks like he could be a match-up nightmare in the east that lacks true centers.
The Knicks have Tyson Chandler but god how I hope we can have a JV-Bargnani on the block stretch.
Careful with your optimism. This is Summer League, where you find who can't play...not who CAN play. Right now JV is a man among boys. Lets be hopeful but not overly optimistic.
Josh Selby was co-winner of the SL MVP last season.... and he didn't even make it through all of last season in the league.
It is great to see but as everyone says, "Its summer league."
It is one thing for a guy to be scoring the ball when they have it in their hands all the time (Shelby), but Jonas is showing an improved frame and an ability to finish left handed as well. He is still 2 back to the basket moves away from being a legit post threat, but his face up game of running hooks is pretty refined. He will carry over most of what he is doing in the Summer league to regular season, and I am sure he will still frustrate us with some silly fouls and too many turnovers, but he is on the right path.
When I think of guys from the Raptors bringing what a big man is supposed to bring....I think Antonio, Rasho, Willis, Oak, and Keon Clark. JO and Hakeem are obviously the biggest talents we've had, but both were useless when we got them.
On Jonas, I think it's fairly obvious he'll be better than anyone the Raps have had down the middle, and in the end, I don't think it'll even be close.
It may be summer league...scratch that..it is summer league. He may be a man amongst boys but with free throws, it's man against a hoop 15 ft away.. Same as in the regular season. Sure, there's more pressure but you all get the point. Shooting 24-27 (89%). Watching the spurs game, I was suprised that not much was being said about that. They commented that he was shooting well but didn't mention how rare and invaluable that was for a player of his size that you can leave on the floor at the end of the game.
wow byucks was terrible
hope thats just jitters for his debut
In Davis' best season with the Raps, he 'only' averaged 14, 10 and 2, on 43% shooting.
So while Jonas may never average 24 & 10, I think he will come close while doing it in a way that has far more impact on the outcome than Boshs soft play would.
Bosh is basically a tweener in a PF's body, that he never developed to play like a true big. He never had, and still doesn't have, very good big man skills.
*Edit: I picked Davis because he had his best years here as a true big. He brought physicality, D and intimidation, as well as leadership. He brought things Bosh never could, and things that only big men really can. So IMO, Bosh never had a "big man" impact. He was just a go-to scorer who rebounded well, but who couldn't defend any position.
Kobe with the three!
JV with the monster block :D
is that ross or the energizer bunny
I like Acy's leadership. Developing a little jumper too
More worried about Buyks defense. If he is getting blown by in the summer league......
Buycks is really raw. He got blown by when when he stood right up, he lagged on offense, and he dribble penetrated into the key w/ 4 players in it...
Casey's going to rip him a new asshole.