No. 16 Draft Pick, Babbitt off to solid start with the Blazers
According to Kevin Arnovitz …
David Thorpe had this to say about Portland rookie Luke Babbitt: “He’s very comfortable as a scorer. He knows he has many option [sic] to choose from to get the ball in the bucket. He plays the game with a great pace — not unlike James Harden. That allows him to let plays develop. He’s going to be very effective in his shot-fake attack game.”
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Complete Game Summary
Tuesday, July 13 the Blazers are scheduled to tip-off against the Raptors, on Day 4 of the Las Vegas Summer League.
This should present an interesting opportunity to see how:
* Ed Davis [No. 13 Draft Pick/2010] and Solomon Alabi [No. 50 Draft Pick/2010] perform for Toronto against the young bigs of Portland, i.e. Dante Cunningham [No. 33 Draft Pick/2009 and Jeff Pendergraph [No. 38 Draft Pick/2009],
* Luke Babbitt [No. 16 Draft Pick/2010] performs against the young wings of Toronto, i.e. DeRozan [No. 9 Draft Pick/2009 NBA Draft] and Sonny Weems [No. 39 Draft Pick/2008 NBA Draft].
PS. FYI, James Harden – the player to whom David Thorpe compared Luke Babbitt’s skill-set, above - was acquired last season by the Oklahoma City Thunder, as the No. 3 [overall] Selection in the 2009 NBA Draft.
PPS. Although, this corner considered James Harden to be an over-rated player last summer, in the No. 3 position of the 2009 NBA Draft, anytime a team can obtain a player with his type of ability in the latter half of the 1st Round, there’s a definite possibility this team might end up with someone who eventually could be considered as “the steal” of his specific draft class.
An apology of sorts is in store here, since the schedule for the 2010 Las Vegas Summer which is now published on this web site no longer shows that the Raptors will play against the Blazers later on this evening. Instead, Toronto will meet Houston. This was not the same information which was published on that site late Sunday night/early yesterday morning … which had a Raptors/Blazers match-up scheduled for today. It should still be very interesting to see the Raptors/Rockets match-up today, as 4 of Toronto’s so-called Young Gunz - i.e. Ed Davis, Solomon Alabi, Sonny Weems and DeMar DeRozan – will be in solid match-up situations against the core pieces of Houston’s summer team who either [i] spent last season in the NBA – i.e. Jordan Hill [PF], Jermaine Taylor [G] and Chase Budinger [G/F] – or [ii] were also selected in the 1st Round of this year’s NBA Draft - i.e. Patrick Patterson/No. 14 – after being by-passed by the Raptors.