OT-Clarke stakes Grizzlies to summer league crown

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  1. itlnsunsfan

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    Brandon Clarke had 15 points and 16 rebounds to lead the eighth-seeded Grizzlies to a 95-92 victory Monday over the third-seeded Minnesota Timberwolves in the championship game of the NBA summer league.

    Clarke, who was named overall MVP for the summer league, also had three blocks and four assists to earn MVP honors for the championship game, too. The No. 21 overall pick in the June NBA draft had four double-doubles in the tournament.


    This one hurts for me a bit. When we traded down, I thought for sure we were taking Clarke.
     
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    It is preseason but ya if he ends up being a stud in the NBA and Cam doesnt do good it's gonna hurt for awhile
     
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    4 double doubles? I have not had a chance to see him but that is impressive.
     
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    Let’s step back a minute. He’s on par with Summer League Legend Bo Outlaw.
     
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    He played against better competition in college than in Summer League. But I think he will be an impact rookie. MEM has a good trio to build around (JJJ, Clarke & Morant) but a PHX unfortunately should be a cautionary tale when it comes to building a team through the draft. You have to surround your core with complimentary pieces which is a challenge if you aren’t willing and can’t attract good FA’s.
     
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    Clarke is who I thought the Suns were going to draft when they traded down.

    Chris Sanders was a huge advocate of the Suns drafting him.
     
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    I was 100% certain they were drafting him. I turned the TV off once they passed on him. That said, this is just summer league. Cam might turn out to be a better player anyway.
     
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    Brandon Clarke played against nobodies the entire Summer League. He SHOULD put up the numbers he was putting up. Very few of the top draft picks even played at all.

    Put into perspective, yes, we passed him up at #11, but Atlanta passed on him TWICE and New Orleans actually had 3 picks in the top 20 and they passed on him!
     
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    Ironically "better Bo Outlaw" was how I described him. I believe he will play a long time in this league based on his defense and rebounding
     
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    Suns clearly want stretch 4's next to Ayton and Clarke is not that. I was surprised Clarke fell to 21 but clearly a lot of teams had the same mindset.
     
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    Too many players have played great in SL and flopped or played poorly in SL and turned out great in the NBA. I think Cam's shooting will have us not thinking too much about what we could of had. Not to mention the sole focus of this off season was to build a team around Booker and Ayton and for those guys nothing will help more than being surrounded by shooters.
     
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    In the draft, the most important thing is that the player you chose is the one you want and you are right about him. You cannot worry about other teams getting good players too. You can't draft all of them, and even if you did, you cannot develop them or play them.
     
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    It is going to come down to what helps Ayton more? A strong rebounder and weak side shot blocker or a stretch the floor type
     
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    On offense, a stretch 4, but on defense, definitely a rebounder/ shot blocker.
     
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    JJJ? There are so few players out there that really fit that profile.

    With that in mind, I'd stick with a guy that stretches the floor first. IMO, while defense is important, the primary goal in basketball is to put the ball through the basket. To compare to other sports, I put a premium on guys who score TDs in football.
     

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