Jul 11, 2007

Adam Morrison and J.J. Redick Watch: summer league, 2007

In the NBA's summer action, Morrison's been fine offensively, but, just like last year, has defensive shortcomings. Mike Schmidt writes,
With the added space of Sam Vincent’s offense, it will be much easier for Morrison to create scoring chances this season.

Defensively, Morrison pressured his man well on the perimeter, but struggled with the quicker Thabo Sefolosha off the dribble. [Defense] will probably never be a strength for the former Gonzaga stand-out, but you would like to see a better effort from him in this area.
Redick is tearing it up, reports John Denton:
A day after torching New Jersey's summer league team for 30 points, Redick showed more of his all-around skills Tuesday in the Magic's 88-65 whipping of Indiana. He scored another 17 points, but more impressively worked his way to the free-throw line seven times, corralled five rebounds and set up his teammates with six drive-and-kick assists....

His season high with the Magic this past season was 16 points, but he had more than that (18) by halftime Monday. Magic GM Otis Smith and new coach Stan Van Gundy are well aware that Redick can score from almost any spot on the floor, but they are watching this week to see whether he can defend well enough to contend for the starting job at shooting guard next season.

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