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 2-0 in the NBA Summer League tournament stage, the Atlanta Hawks were finally eliminated after losing 78-71 in a tightly contested game against the 14-seed Houston.
The Hawks were once again led by Atlanta’s Summer League stars Dennis Schröder and Mike Muscala, unfortunately with this performance resulting in a loss. The team also got a nice lift from Casey Prather, but the rest of the Hawks, most notably the bench, were nowhere to be found.
Let’s grade some of the players performances from Saturday’s loss against the Rockets:
DENNIS SCHRÖDER: B
Schröder tied with Muscala for the Hawks leading scorer with 16 points. He struggled with turnovers once again, committing four in the game. Schröder still shows good pace for a young player and it will be interesting to see if he can improve his ball control with more time on the floor.
STEPHEN HOLT: C
Holt struggled to match his superb performance in the previous game finishing the game with only 6 points. His atrocious shooting earns him a C as ended the game with a 2-of-8 shooting line. That’s not going to cut it but if we can see the Stephen Holt of the previous game, he might be able to work himself into a position to at least earn a 10 day contract.
CASEY PRATHER: B+
Prather actually played well against the Rockets. In only 23 minutes of action Prather was able to score 13 and pull down 5 boards. This was easily his best perfomance of the Summer League.
ADREIAN PAYNE: B-
Payne struggled shooting like many of his teammates against the Rockets, however, he earns a B- because of his ability to pull down 9 boards. He finished with the highest +/- on the team which tells you he was able to impact the game more than his stat line would show.
MIKE MUSCALA: B+
Muscala was solid again for Atlanta finishing the game with 16 points and 7 rebounds. He continued the role of being one of the most consistent Hawks in Las Vegas which bodes well for him in his attempt to grab a roster spot. Jawz was solid from the field and was able to get to the line. He’s already got my vote to make the opening day roster with performances like these.
TREVOR RELEFORD: F
Releford was awful. There is absolutely no way to sugarcoat it. He may have finished with a +1 in the differential category but it definitely wasn’t because of his performance. He finished the game 0-of-4 from the field with 5 fouls and 3 turnovers. The only positive stat in his final line was one assist. Simply said, he was atrocious.
LAMAR PATTERSON: D+
Patterson was once again a non-factor finishing with a measly 2 points on 1-of-4 shooting. After starting the Summer League with strong play, he has really struggled after being relegated to off-the-bench duties. Somewhere in the world, Lamar Patterson is cursing Stephen Holt for taking his starting job and potentially his roster spot.
WALTER TAVARES: C+
Tavares was pretty solid once again for the Hawks in a game that came down to the wire. Even though he struggled shooting and only received 13 minutes, a final line of 4 points and 6 rebounds is not bad for a guy many considered two or three years away from potentially becoming a rotational big.
DJ Shelton: Incomplete
He only played 7 minutes scoring 3 points. It would be unfair to give him a grade with those low amount of minutes, especially in Summer League. He played decent in the minutes he got and if I have to give him a grade I’ll give him a B.