During the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, we will be giving out grades to the players based on their game performance. Just remember folks, this is Summer League and not the NBA Finals.
The Summer League has been far from a success for the Hawks in 2014. After getting crushed by the Portland Trail Blazers, Atlanta is 0-3, and their last loss showed they weren’t even close to being one of the better teams in Las Vegas.
Nonetheless, there were a few positives (literally a few), and some negatives from the loss on Tuesday.
Let’s grade some of the performances of the big contributors during Tuesday’s loss to the Trail Blazers:
DENNIS SCHRÖDER: C-
Dennis Schröder has played pretty well over the course of the three losses for the Hawks, but he continues to struggle with turnovers. He had six on Tuesday, and it really prevented the offense from getting in a rhythm. He was aggressive, and it was good to see him continue to be confident on the offensive end. Schröder finished with 16 points and 4 assists.
ADREIAN PAYNE: D
Adreian Payne had some high expectations coming into Summer League. Although he has shown some flashes of good play and athleticism, Payne has played at a rushed pace and has been inefficient for all three games. He shot just 3 of 10 from the floor on Tuesday, and finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds. He did hit two three-pointers — which can help him earn minutes this season — and it was good to see him show range. It’s important to keep in mind that this is just Summer League and the entire team performed poorly, so calm down on any failure labels just yet.
MIKE MUSCALA: B-
Mike Muscala has clearly been the best player on the Hawks’ Summer League roster, and he has yet to have a poor performance. Muscala finished with 13 points and 7 rebounds, and was the lone bright spot on the defensive end. He has really shown some promise and improvement, and if he keeps this up he could find himself a rotation spot on the regular season roster.
THE ENTIRE TEAM: F
This was not a good performance from the entire Hawks’ Summer League team. They let Portland run rampant on the offensive end, and turned the ball over 21 times when they had their chance to score. They took bad shots, and overall it was a poor outing. The Blazers are considered one of the best teams in Vegas, and have some real NBA rotation players, so that could be a reason for the bad outing.