Undoubtedly, of all the rookies who've played, Tatum has been the most impressive early on.
In this neck of the woods, there's been plenty of attention given to players wearing Green and White in NBA Summer League action. Bell, who was pretty solid in the first Summer League loss to the Sixers, has since racked up a quintuple-nickel (or a 5×5) statline with 5 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 steals, and 6 blocks to go with a plus/minus of +27 (in a game the Warriors lost by 2). The Sixers' Markelle Fultz was unfortunately sidelined by injury a few nights ago and will be out for the rest of the Summer League games. "I did a bad job the first half of not giving him a lot of touches". "Otherwise you won't see him Thursday". This game wasn't close as the Cavs defeated the Warriors, 91-74.
Tatum, of course, has to prove he can make it through an National Basketball Association season.
"I think what he's doing translates", Stevens said, as transcribed by The Bosotn Herald.
Antonio Blakeney led Chicago (1-2) with 23 points while Denzel Valentine, who also struggled Monday, contributed 15 points and six rebounds.
In his debut, Tatum scored 21 points, grabbed nine rebounds and scored the game-winning basket on a 17-foot jumper in the Celtics' 88-87 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Markkanen also knocked down four of the 10 three-point shots he attempted.
McCarty compared Tatum to former Celtics star Paul Pierce.
"It's been fun to watch", he said.
"I'm going to let them bring whoever they want. We've got to keep building on that". Tatum isn't a good enough long-range shooter, regardless of what position he plays, to stand still on the perimeter. Semi Ojeleye slipped into the second round, and Boston gladly scooped him up. "The way he found ways to score at a high level and consistently - that's the thing I looked at".
With Zizic though Stevens is understanding of his lack of effectiveness given all he has had to deal with just getting to summer league.
"I mean, I think that he will compete to be one of our better defenders right out of the gate".