Summer league games get started today for the Hornets. They're up against Memphis first. I'll try to watch mainly to see what Julian and Hilton will do. It's time for Hilton to take that next step. He did good last season in SL and pre-season but didn't seem able to put much of it together in the regular season games.
2008 Hornets Summer League Roster
No - Player - Pos - Ht - Wt - Birthdate - College - NBA Exp
12 - Hilton Armstrong - C/F - 6-11 - 235 - Nov. 11, 1984 -Connecticut - 2
0 - Brandon Bowman - F - 6-9 - 223 - Oct. 15, 1984 - Georgetown - 1
4 - Bobby Brown - G - 6-2 - 175 - Sept. 23, 1984 - Cal-State Fullerton - None
8 - Derrick Byars - F - 6-7 - 230 - Apr. 25, 1984 - Vanderbilt - None
34 - Ndudi Ebi - F - 6-9 - 200 - June 18, 1984 - None - 2
1 - Adam Haluska - G - 6-5 - 210 - Nov. 16, 1983 - Iowa - 1
35 - Dalron Johnson - F - 6-10 - 215 - June 27, 1981 - UNLV - 2
25 - Larry Owens - F - 6-7 - 210 - Jan. 8, 1983 - Oral Roberts - None
55 - Shaun Pruitt - F/C - 6-10 - 245 - Nov. 22, 1985 - Illinois - None
44 - Courtney Sims - C - 6-11 - 245 - Oct. 21, 1983 - Michigan - 1
5 - Filip Videnov - G - 6-5 - 205 - June 12, 1980 - Western Kentucky - None
11 - Frank Williams - G - 6-3 - 212 - Feb. 25, 1980 - Illinois - 3
32 - Julian Wright - F - 6-8 - 225 - May 20, 1987 - Kansas - 1
Head Coach: Charlie Parker, Findlay (OH)
Game 1- 3pm 7/11 Cox vs. Memphis
Game 2- 1pm 7/14 Cox vs. Charlotte
Game 3- 5:30pm 7/15 T&M vs. San Antonio
Game 4- 3pm 7/17 Cox vs. LAC
Game 5- 7:30pm 7/19 T&M vs. Cleveland
Game 6- 5pm 7/20 Cox vs. Portland
I think all games will be shown on NBA.com's webcast and the game against Portland on the 20th will be on NBATV.
Hey how did it feel when my man mayo jammed on armstrongs head
I don't know. I didn't see it. You'd have to ask Armstrong. Missed most of the game. Hilton has played like a pansy pretty much since he's come into the league so jamming on his head wouldn't be all that impressive.
Julian and Hilton did a little bit better today against the Bobcats. Still need to cut down on the turnovers and fouls though. I missed this game but I just know that Hilton's fouls were probably really silly fouls. Bobby Brown had a pretty nice showing today.
Has anyone been paying attention to Bobby Brown at all? I don't think I'd mind the Hornets giving him some play if Pargo decides to go elsewhere. Marc Stein pitched in his thoughts on Brown.
The undeniable highlight of my time in Vegas was not having to do any forcing whatsoever to hype up my fellow Cal State Fullerton alumnus Bobby Brown as one of the smash-hit sleepers of the summer league.
Brown went undrafted last year (mistake!) and had to play in Germany as a rookie pro. He came back as perhaps the best point guard here, outplaying multiple first-round picks in head-to-head matchups (Memphis' Mike Conley, Charlotte's D.J. Augustin and San Antonio's George Hill) and prompting more than one team official -- having been subjected, like many patient readers, to the ever-present Titans drumbeat in my copy over the years -- to seek me out with congratulations on Brown's development.
I certainly had nothing to do with his progress, but I am naturally loving it, seeing Brown increasingly learn how to get his teammates involved and make decisions on the fly and under control to complement his athleticism and scoring ability. Though he's not a pure point and frequently has to be reminded by coaches to be more vocal, Brown has become an NBA player. And that's according to numerous expert witnesses in Vegas as opposed to a shameless rooter like me.
There have been a handful of breakout performances from little-known players like Brown since the games began at UNLV on July 11. Anthony Roberson quickly earned a guaranteed contract from the Knicks. One Eastern Conference executive is convinced that Anthony Tolliver will make San Antonio's roster as a "shooting 4-man." Some recent second-round picks have been eye-catching as well: P.J. Tucker as an undersized (but rugged) power forward on the Grizzlies' squad and Nathan Jawai, Toronto's so-called Australian Shaq, just to name two.
Yet folks far more objective than me would tell you Brown might be the breakout sleeper of them all.
Consider, for example, that my Maccabi Tel-Aviv is suddenly trying to lure Brown to Israel as a marquee foreign signing. That's a big step up from where Brown was last season, helping Germany's Alba Berlin win the Bundesliga title.
But Brown's also getting enough NBA interest now to conceivably land the guaranteed deal that would enable him to stay home. New Orleans wants to bring him to training camp and had Chris Paul call Brown to invite him to compete for minutes as CP3's backup. I'm hearing that the Warriors like him just as much, if not more, which must be why Nelson could be spotted at most of Brown's games.