By Marcus Thompson
Sunday, July 19th, 2009 at 11:17 pm in Uncategorized.
First Anthony Randolph had his record-tying performance topped by teammate and friend Anthony Morrow. Now, he gets jobbed out of summer league MVP honors. Big deal? Not really. But it’s a dis nonetheless.
I just learned that Blake Griffin was named MVP of the Las Vegas summer League. I don’t know who chooses, but certainly they spent too much time at Margeritaville. Anthony Randolph shoulda been MVP.
Certainly, Griffin had more hype. He cemented himself as one of the most dominant rookies in summer league history and many expect him to have a stellar rookie season. And, no doubt, many of the voters, whoever they are, may not have seen much of Randolph since the Warriors played the first half of the schedule and most people came for the second half, when Griffin arrived. Randolph did miss his last game.
Still, a look at the stats would’ve been enough to crown Randolph the winner:
Randolph: 26.8 points, 60.9 FG%, 8.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks.
Griffin: 19.2 points, 50.0 FG%, 10.8 rebounds and 0.4 blocks.
Though his 42-point outburst Tuesday was eclipsed by Morrow’s 47 on Thursday, Randolph still finished as the summer league scoring champ.
Also, Randolph shot 74 percent from the free throw line. Griffin shot 45.9 percent. Randolph totaled nine steals in four games. Griffin totaled five steals in five games. Randolph averaged 1.8 fewer minutes than Griffin, and 1.2 fewer turnovers.
Randolph’s Warriors went 4-1, outscoring their opponents by a total of 59 points. Griffin’s Clippers went 2-3, finishing -31 in scoring differential.
It ain’t all bad for Randolph, though. He has been extended an invitation to play in Team USA’s training camp this week in Las Vegas. Of course, Randolph has accepted this invite and will play. The official announcement comes Monday.
Here is the Team USA Minicamp roster
NAME POS HT WT NBA TEAM
D.J. Augustin G 6-0 180 Charlotte Bobcats
Jerryd Bayless G 6-3 200 Portland Blazers
Ronnie Brewer G 6-7 227 Utah Jazz
Kevin Durant G 6-9 215 Oklahoma City Thunder
Eric Gordon G 6-3 222 Los Angeles Clippers
Rudy Gay F 6-8 222 Memphis Grizzlies
Danny Granger F/G 6-8 228 Indiana Pacers
Jeff Green F 6-9 235 Oklahoma City Thunder
Blake Griffin F 6-10 221 Los Angeles Clippers
Devin Harris G 6-3 185 New Jersey Nets
Andre Iguodala G/F 6-6 207 Philadelphia 76ers
Kyle Korver G 6-7 212 Utah Jazz
David Lee F/C 6-9 240 New York Knicks
Brook Lopez C 7-0 260 New Jersey Nets
Kevin Love F 6-10 260 Minnesota Timberwolves
O.J. Mayo G 6-4 210 Memphis Grizzlies
Paul Millsap F 6-8 250 Utah Jazz
Greg Oden C 7-0 285 Portland Trail Blazers
Anthony Randolph F 6-10 210 Golden State Warriors
Derrick Rose G 6-3 190 Chicago Bulls
Josh Smith F 6-9 240 Atlanta Hawks
Russell Westbrook G 6-3 187 Oklahoma City Thunder
Thaddeus Young F 6-8 220 Philadelphia 76ers
Jay Triano, Toronto Raptors
Tyrone Corbin, Utah Jazz
Dave Cowens, Detroit Pistons
Jerry Sichting, Minnesota Timberwolves
Athletic Trainer: Gregg Farnam, Minnesota Timberwolves
Athletic Trainer: Joe Sharpe, Oklahoma City Thunder