Charlotte has reached the quarterfinals of the Las Vegas Summer League with a 92-84 victory over Memphis last night. The Bobcats will play the D-League Select Team on Saturday, who defeated Minnesota last night to advance.
Let’s have a look at some of the impact performances from the win last night for Charlotte.
Jerome Dyson: 7-7 from the floor for 21 points while also dishing out 9 dimes. Very impressive performance from the 26-year old out of UConn. Dyson is a strong defender who is above average with the ball in the open floor and attacks the rim aggressively. Overall, I really like his game, especially if coaches/scouts believe that he can play PG in the league. From watching him so far in summer league, I’d have to guess that the biggest knock on him is that he looks for his shot more times than not — certainly an aspect of his game that could scare some away, but I believe his 11.8 PPG (53.6 FG%) & 5 APG so far in summer league may just be good enough to get him a training camp invite.
Jeff Taylor: Taylor again started this game very strong by scoring the Bobcats first 7 points of the game, but began to float a bit from there. He finished with 18 points on 7-15 shooting. Taylor is definitely most dangerous in the open floor due to his explosiveness getting off the floor, but I’m very impressed with his efficiency in the halfcourt so far this summer. It’s clear that he’s a high IQ player and is better in making decision in the PnR. Taylor is averaging 20.3 PPG so far in summer league, which is 2nd best of all players this summer. He’s also shooting an impressive 47.5% from the floor.
Cody Zeller: I saw more of the positive that we’ve seen in summer league from him, but there were also some ‘ah ha’ moments tonight. As in, he will be bullied around the basket next season in the NBA and likely for a few years in this league. Rookie center Jack Cooley out of Notre Dame really took it to Zeller for most of the 2nd half around the basket. For one, and as Colin Hoggard of WFNZ radio pointed out to me last night on twitter, Cooley probably was playing with a chip on his shoulder due to the fact that Zeller was the holy grail of the Big Ten around the basket. All this being said, Zeller is extremely productive operating from the high post and that’s exactly where I expect the Bobcats to use him most. His footwork, elusiveness and ability to pass the ball for a 7-footer is not comparable to most of his stature.
Charlotte will play the D-League Select Team Saturday night at 8 PM ET. I’m not positive that the game will be televised on NBAtv as of yet.