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.
After going 0-3 in the round-robin stage, the Atlanta Hawks earned their first win on Wednesday by knocking off last year’s NBA Summer League champion Golden State Warriors in a thrilling 68-65 upset victory.
The Hawks’ Big 3 of Dennis Schroder, Adreian Payne and Mike Muscala led the way, but they also got a lift from an unlikely source in Trevor Releford.
Let’s grade some of the players performances from Wednesday’s big win over the Warriors:
DENNIS SCHRODER: C+
Schroder led the Hawks in scoring with 17 points, but it took him 15 shot attempts to do so. He also had a terrible 2:1 turnover/assist ratio, losing possession four times while only dishing two dimes in 31 minutes of action. Schroder is two games removed from his 30-point explosion against the D-League Select Team and unfortunately his performance is steadily declining. Hopefully he’ll be able to regain his good form in the second round against the Blazers.
STEPHEN HOLT: C
Holt had a modest performance in this game, scoring four points on 2-of-6 shooting to go along with three rebounds and three assists. He split time with rookie swingman Lamar Patterson, who also had a quiet game.
CASEY PRATHER: C-
Prather, like the majority of the Hawks players, had a quiet game due to shooting struggles. He finished with just three points on 1-of-5 shooting, but did contribute in other ways with two assists, two steals and one rebound in 20 minutes of action.
ADREIAN PAYNE: B-
Payne played well in this game and fell just short of posting his first double-double of the Summer League, finishing with 10 points and nine rebounds in the Hawks’ three-point victory. He also continues to show off his long-range shooting, as he drained a pair of 3-pointers. The only knock on Payne in this game is that he finished with the worst +/- of any Hawks player with a -9.
MIKE MUSCALA: B+
Muscala had a solid game, finishing with 14 points and six rebounds along with two assists, one steal and one block in 27 minutes of action. He and Payne had identical shooting marks, going 4-of-9 from the field overall, including 2-of-4 from behind the arc. Mike also showed nice touch from the free throw line, sinking 4-of-5 attempts. He is having a terrific Summer League showcase, averaging 13.4 points and 8.0 rebounds per game, and is making a case to be on the Hawks’ opening day roster
TREVOR RELEFORD: A
Releford was amazing in this game and provided a huge lift offensively for Atlanta, as he dropped 14 points in 18 minutes off the bench. He went 4-of-6 from the field, including hitting 3-of-4 from behind the arc, along with going a perfect 3-for-3 from the free throw line. Releford ensured the Hawks’ upset victory over the Warriors by sinking a pair of foul shots with five seconds remaining to seal the win.
LAMAR PATTERSON: D
Patterson was a non-factor in this game, scoring only two points in 21 minutes of action. He went 1-of-5 shooting (20 percent) and had the same amount of turnovers as he had points.
WALTER TAVARES: B-
Edy was a non-factor on the offensive end, scoring two points on 1-of-2 shooting, but continued his good play on the defensive end with three blocked shots and three rebounds in 18 minutes of play. He also finished with the best +/- of any player in the game with a +9. Edy is much better defensive player than he is offensively, so this performance is pretty much the norm.