Summer League roundup: Troy Williams dominates final three games

  • 07/18/2016 10:16 am in

The Samsung NBA Summer League wrapped up on Sunday in Las Vegas. Here’s Inside the Hall’s look at how the four Hoosiers who participated – Yogi Ferrell, Troy Williams, Noah Vonleh and Verdell Jones – performed:

· Troy Williams, Phoenix Suns: Williams started slow in Las Vegas, but finished with three straight statement performances. Over Phoenix’s final three games, the former IU forward averaged 20.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and two steals per game. He also made 19 free throws over those three contests, including 14 in Sunday’s finale against Minnesota.

Williams was mentioned prominently in Sunday’s recap on the official site of the Suns:

Once he put his head down and got some momentum behind him, there was little Minnesota could do to stop Williams on his way to the basket. The 6-7 forward earned a game-high 15 free throw attempts and made good on 14 of them. He was also 5-of-6 inside the three-point arc, using his athleticism and creativity to score over, under and through defenders.

Williams is a free agent, so it will be interesting to see if Phoenix or another NBA team invites him to training camp. also had a piece on Sunday suggesting that Williams won’t have a problem finding a guaranteed contract from an NBA team.

Final numbers (six games): 12.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.7 steals in 22.3 minutes per game. Shot 54.3 percent from the field, 26.3 percent on 3s and 79.2 percent from the free throw line.

· Yogi Ferrell, Brooklyn Nets: Given Brooklyn’s large contingent of guards on its Summer League roster, Ferrell sat out two games to provide a more balanced rotation.

Overall, his play in Vegas wasn’t particularly strong as he scored in double figures just once and only had one game with more than two assists.

Will that be enough for Ferrell to earn a serious look from the Nets or another franchise in a training camp this fall?

Final numbers (four games): 8.8 points, 1.8 assists, 1.5 rebounds in 17 minutes er game. Shot 43.8 percent from the field, 18.2 percent on 3s and 71.4 percent from the free throw line.

· Noah Vonleh, Portland Trail Blazers: As a Summer League veteran, Vonleh appeared in just four games, but scored in double figures in each contest. He also had double figure rebound totals in three of the four games.

Vonleh, however, was not happy with how he played according to

“No, I’m not too happy with how I’ve played,” he said following the Blazers loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday. “I rebounded the ball well, but there’s just some things that I want to have translate for next season so I can get some playing time. Like reading the play, doing the right thing.”

The Blazers made moves to bolster their frontcourt in the offseason, adding Festus Ezeli to join an already crowded big man rotation with Mason Plumlee, Meyers Leonard and Ed Davis. Throw in the fact that the Blazers want to get Al-Farouq Aminu regular minutes at power forward and it is clear playing time could be an issue for Vonleh.

“It’s going to be tough,” he said. “We’ve got a great group of guys coming in so everybody is going to be fighting for playing time. If you don’t come ready for training camp, you’re not going to play. I got to get my mind right and get ready for that.”

Final stats (four games): 12 points. 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.8 blocks in 31.5 minutes per game. Shot 46.3 percent from the field, 23.1 percent on 3s and 70 percent from the free throw line.

· Verdell Jones, D-League Select: Jones started just one of D-League Select’s five contests and is probably looking at going overseas unless he wants to give the D-League another shot.

D-League Select finished 3-2 and Jones logged double figure minutes in two of the four games he played in.

Final stats (four games): 5.2 points, one assist, 0.8 rebounds, 0.8 steals in 11.2 minutes per game. Shot 53.8 percent from the field, 50 percent on 3s and 85.7 percent from the free throw line.

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  • CreamandCrimson

    Ah, adversity makes more sense and I now understand what you were getting at. It’s not about being palatable, I just didn’t understand it and was wondering what you meant. Thanks, have a nice day.

  • ForeverIU

    I can see why using “diversity” would be a reason for concern. You were too polite, and thanks for catching the typo.

  • ForeverIU

    How do you like my new photo?

  • WhatsUpKnight2.0

    being the staunch trump supporter that i am, i liked your previous one with the hat better.

  • millzy32

    Yogi started at Point Guard for 4 years at IU. By definition he should probably set some records considering he’s either one of a select few or maybe even the only 4 year starter at the position.

  • millzy32

    I watched for 4 years and saw a shoot first point guard. Yes he got a lot of assists too so it’s not like he never passed the ball but it wasn’t his first thought and it still isn’t.

  • millzy32

    Do you think Brooklyn is against Yogi? Let me tell you that they aren’t. He is a Point Guard and that is the only position that he is capable of playing in the NBA. He isn’t being held out of games because someone has a vendetta against him. He is getting his shot and needs to make the most of it probably a lot more in practice than in these summer league games. Next you’ll tell me that Priller would be a starter if he could just get the minutes at IU. I get the fact that you like Yogi and want him to do well in the NBA and we all do but you have to see that there are holes in his game otherwise he’d be playing. NBA teams don’t sit guys to prove a point. They want the best players on the floor at all times.

  • millzy32

    To put summer league in perspective. Jordan McRae never saw the court last year as a member of the Cavaliers. He’s averaging around 25 points a game in summer league. He’ll still never see the court next year.

  • John D Murphy

    Most teams now have their own D-League teams (as opposed to several years ago when they shared common teams). Many have moved the teams to the same cities (sacraficing attendance) for proximity so the players are accessible to practice with the big teams coaches and practices. The games aren’t really the point.

  • John D Murphy

    Agree with BL4IU. Coverdale averaged more per year than Yogi I believe as well. YF is a combo guard in a point guards body (see Trey Burke). That said I think he can earn a spot but it may be bounce-up and down from the D-league.

  • John D Murphy

    There are probably 40ish guys playing in other leagues who could come here. The Jazz have the rights to a big who would rather get minutes and money in the spanish league than come here for the minimum and sit the bench.

  • TomJameson

    Didn’t know you were a mind reader Jeff, or that you even hung around Yogi enough to know him that well. Even so, I dispute your thinking on Yogi.

    Depending on the year, Yogi was forced to focus on scoring and/or “facilitating” because of the talent, or lack of it surrounding him. His senior year was very well balanced between the two.

    And if he scored well on his way to the assist record, then why knock Yogi about that? Should he not shoot the ball when he can so easily get his shot, and when he shoots over 45% from three???

    The fact that Yogi could score AND facilitate showed his adaptability and talent, IMO. There were times when he didn’t score much, if anything, in the first half, but came out and carried the team to a victory.

    Also, before you continue with the part about being the PG, remember that Crean had many others play point to improve their skill levels at that position. So much so that there was much bemoaning of that fact on this and the paid forum.

    Your bias against Yogi comes through, Jeff. You ignore facts, bend the truth, omit some things I’m positive you know, and say anything you can to belittle (no pun intended) Yogi and his accomplishments at IU. And you know that being a great CBB player doesn’t necessarily translate to the NBA, so that point is moot.

  • TomJameson

    See my reply to IUJeff, a portion of that is an answer to this.

  • Arch Puddington

    A Jordan McRae scenario would be great for Troy — he will make nearly $1 million next season whether he plays much or not. (And he has a ring!). I am rooting mightily for Troy, and I hope he gets at least that far.

    Having said that, the NBA is still a long way off. If he is the 500th best basketball player in the world, he still won’t be in the NBA. He has been up and down against rookies and some borderline 2nd and 3rd year players just trying to make a roster. He’ll have to show not only that he can maintain this level of play over long stretches, but that he can do it against even bigger, faster, and more skilled players.

  • ForeverIU

    (I’m repasting this comment because a previous version is awaiting approval from the mods).

    My previous photo was a parody on Drumpf. Drumpf is an a$$. I had a brief honeymoon with Drumpf, and now it’s over. LOL. But you better stay as a friend, cuz you’re a cool dude, most of the time!

  • E Foy McNaughton

    I agree with you forever, won’t be surprised if a team picks him up for the year. It would tickle me pink if the team was the Warriors, Cavs, Heat, Celtics or Lakers ….

    Probably very little court time and a minimum contract, but good coaching and experience.

  • ManovSteelo

    Surprised so many are high on Troy Williams in spite of his numbers. Is a monstrous physical talent, but hasn’t shown a real NBA skill. Remember, summer league’s talent pool is basically fringe veteran talent and / or inexperienced rooks. To me, Williams didn’t stand out at all — except for the one-handed putback slam that was a highlight (and didn’t count). I think he has to go overseas to really get paid, but the imprimatur of being an NBA player may be too hard to resist, in terms of taking a small deal.

    Yogi failed — which I figured he would. Has not improved since his IU season, and was sold a false bill of goods by BRN with his partial guarantee. With 15 players on the current roster, no way Yogi gets a shot. No room in the league for a jump-shooting, sub-six-footer who doesn’t make an impact on either end. Summer League MVP Tyus Jones got to the line 47 times in the postseason, which is shocking, as he is not nearly as quick or fast as Yogi. There were some games where Yogi didn’t even shoot a free throw!

    Sacramento has an apparent dearth of guards (at least at summer league); perhaps Yogi can find a shot there. But going to Brooklyn just to get cut quickly in the fall is a waste of time, and since he didn’t want to do the “draft-and-stash” thing on Draft Night, why go to Brooklyn’s D-League team after getting cut before training camp? More money can be had overseas, and maybe he’ll get better. But I’m betting against him.

    Oh, and for everyone who tried to say before the draft that he was better than Tyler Ulis: HE’S NOT.

  • ManovSteelo

    Agreed that Yogi got screwed at summer league, but he didn’t do enough with the minutes he got. Never got to the FT line, and settled for too many jumpers. Basically his IU career played out each possession, but without the minutes or influence to put his stamp on the game. He’s not an NBA player right now, which is fine. But time to accept that and move on. Brooklyn will be horrible without him, anyway, but they shouldn’t have used him just to fill out their summer league team.

    Sacramento would have been a better spot for him to showcase his skills. Too late, now, though.

  • ForeverIU

    You want to talk basketball, we’ll talk basketball. Jeff didn’t say he was a “mind reader”. “In Yogi’s mind” is a figure of speech. It means that as far as Jeff can see from observing Yogi’s game, Yogi wants to be a scorer first. An assist by definition is one pass away from a successful shot. Yogi is in constant fast motion. His motion is for creating a shot, either for himself or the next available person. He was great at that because he has the gift of incredible athleticism, speed and stamina. It doesn’t mean he’s a great facilitator or distributor, although it doesn’t necessarily mean he isn’t either. Rob is more of a distributor, and I look forward to seeing him in that role.

  • I am Baby Cakes

    Anyone that said he is better than Ulis is just because they hate Kentucky. Ulis’ talent was well shown considering he was already better than Yogi and only a Sophomore. A better playmaker and defender. Ulis’ size can be concerning because he is only 150 and not about 180 like other small guards such as Nate Robinson and Isaiah Thomas. For Troy it just depends on his mindset. If he understands his role he’ll be fine.