I decided is Jones gets half the board, Summer league MVP should get a thread. It may be summer league, however our former players never dominated like this.
By Josh Cohen
It may not be as memorable as earning Most Valuable Player in the NBA’s regular season. But, claiming the tribute in the summer league may be just as remarkable.
No, superstars like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant weren’t in Orlando to claim the prize. Roy Hibbert, however, who averaged 20.2 points and nine rebounds during the week, was.
The former Georgetown standout, who guided the Indiana Pacers to a perfect 5-0 record, shot a blistering 63 percent from the field and, alongside fellow big man Tyler Hansbrough, was relentless in the paint as he was named the unofficial 2009 Summer League Scoop MVP.
Hibbert managed to get to the free throw line 32 times, burying 24 of them. He also played unremitting defense, denying many shot attempts.
Despite his outstanding effort, nevertheless, Hibbert realizes this is just one step closer to where he ultimately wants to be.
"I give myself a B-," he said. "I still have some things to work on."
If Hibbert can transport his summer performance into the regular season, the Pacers will potentially have a very successful season in the Eastern Conference. Head coach Jim O'Brien must be feeling optimistic.
THE ALL SUMMER LEAGUE TEAM
By Dan Savage
You could make the argument that getting named to the 2009 Orlando Pro All-Summer League Team is more important than an All-Star nod – you might not win it, but there's a debate to be made.
After all, those phenomenal athletes who get a berth to play among the NBA's best usually have a long-term contract in place and their financial situation set.
On the other hand, for the young talents who played in Orlando this past week, making a positive impression on countless coaches, general managers and scouts may have gone a long way in helping them secure a future spot on an NBA roster and permanent place in the league.
According to the annual judges (Melanie Curtsinger and Jason Wallace) here are the emerging stars that shined the brightest this week:
First team: G Russell Westbrook, OKC; G James Harden, OKC; F Tyler Hansbrough, IND; F Ryan Anderson, ORL; C Roy Hibbert, IND
Second team: G J.R. Giddens, BOS; G/F Kasib Powell, ORL; F Nick Fazekas, BOS; F D.J. White, OKC; C Marreese Speights, NJ/PHI
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