Really, does anyone other than the guys on the summer league roster care about this one? The Nets and 76er entries in the summer league will battle for ninth place in Orlando at 4 p.m., an event that will be overtaken by the announcement that Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce have officially been traded to the Nets and whatever is new on the Andrei Kirilenko front.
Of course, it is a chance for Jason Kidd and the young Nets to win a game, but again,really?
The Sixers haven't won either and their star, Michael Carter-Williams has been more up and down than Tyshawn Taylor. MCW is averaging 14.3 points per game, but shooting (and these are not typos) 26.1 percent overall and 13.3 percent from deep. He does have 29 assists in four games, but 21 turnovers. He's the only real star on the team, unless you want to count Justin Holiday, Jrue's brother. Jrue of course is being traded, perhaps Friday, to the Pelicans.
As the Nets roll into their final game, none of their three roster players have shown consistency. Taylor is still averaging 16.8 ppg, but his shooting percentages (38.6 overall and 10.0 from three) aren't stellar. Nor are his 21 turnovers, tied with Carter-Williams for the summer league lead. Tornike Shengelia is only averaging seven points a game and Mason Plumlee has seen a huge dropoff from his first two games in Orlando to his last two.
Chris Wright may get a lot of minutes. Taylor left the gym yesterday in a walking boot, having slightly sprained his ankle. He says he'll play. Wright may have cemented a training camp invitation with his play. He's probably been the most consistent Net on the court. He's averaging 10.5 points on 44.4 percent shooting overall and 38.6 percent from three. The summer league stint has proven a boon to the Georgetown product, the first NBA player to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.