Since we’re not out sweltering in Vegas this week at the cancelled-and-missed Summer League — it was only 100 degrees there today — we’re monitoring all the fun leagues going on around the nation for some action.
Like the North Carolina Pro-Am. That’s where John Wall is playing. Wall is coming off a good rookie season (16.4 points, 8.3 assists per game), but maybe not one as dramatic as people expected (shot just 40 percent and turned the ball over too much). To those people we say wait — there was not much talent around him and it usually takes point guards a season or two to really find their footing in the NBA.
Don’t ever forget that Wall has skills. Former North Carolina State guard Julius Hodge (who spent two seasons mostly on NBA benches) was at the Pro-Am too, and decided to make it his mission to shut down Wall. And the video below shows why we expect Wall to make some big leaps in the coming seasons — the man is a wizard with the ball in transition and in isolation. The little step-back jumper looks better, too.
Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut
Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.
Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game
Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:
MKG fouled as he curled off pick & hits the floor hard. Headed to locker room w/ trainer Steve Stricker after holding R shoulder. @hornets