With the Atlanta Hawks being unceremoniously eliminated from the tournament on Friday evening, it could have been a more productive day in Las Vegas, but alas, here we are. Now, let's take a glance at what transpired on the basketball court:
- I am still unmoved by Noah Vonleh. The talent (read: athletic ability and skill) is certainly there with the lottery pick from Indiana, but he is underwhelming to watch in person. When he puts it together (or if he puts it together), Vonleh could be terrifying for the opposition, but right now, he evaporates for lengthy stretches of time, and the production hasn't been anything to write home about this week.
- Tim Hardaway Jr. just heaves shots. This isn't really breaking news, but Hardaway got up 20 field goal attempts (and 8 free throws) in less than 30 minutes of court time on Saturday, and he has no shame at all with the basketball. Fortunately, he is fully capable of making shots at a reasonable clip against this level of competition, but it will certainly be intriguing to see how he fits in the triangle with NBA-level talent.
- Thanasis Antetokounmpo doesn't really resemble his brother. At least not in any positive way on the basketball court. Eesh.
- Donatas Motiejunas took it to the Hawks on Saturday. Houston's big man scored 19 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, but more importantly, he launched an array of post moves that made members of Atlanta's frontcourt look silly, and there is a reason he is a hot commodity with the Rockets.
- Sim Bhullar is an enormous human being. The Kings center is listed at 7-foot-5 and 360 pounds, and that may be generous. He can't run, he can't move laterally, but there is an endless amount of entertainment in watching him navigate the entire floor.
- Tony Snell might be a player. Chicago's "other" swingman (next to Doug McDermott and Jimmy Butler) had 20 points on Saturday evening, and he is averaging 20 per game in Las Vegas. His skill set isn't flashy at all, but Snell is a good athlete, and if he continues to shoot like he did this week, the Bulls will have another legitimate wing option.
The journey is over. I am in route for Atlanta beginning Saturday night, and while it has been a pleasure, it is time to vacate Las Vegas. Farewell....
Until next year.