Trail Blazers

Three takeaways from the Blazers' 2021 Summer League

Trail Blazers

The Summer League Blazers started strong, going 2-0, but fizzled and lost their final three games.

Despite their struggles in Las Vegas, there were some bright spots.

Vets still got it

When the Blazers’ Summer League team was announced, it gained some attention because it featured NBA veterans Michael Beasley, Kenneth Faried, and Emmanuel Mudiay.

Seemed like interesting additions since the summer spectacle is typically aimed at discovering players for training camp and the G League.

Although their appearances on the team were limited, they did produce.

Michael Beasley: 11.4 points (second on the team) on 44% shooting and 45% from three.

Kenneth Faried: 5.7 points and 8.7 rebounds (led team).

Emmanuel Mudiay: 10.2 points and 7.2 assists (led team).

The team likes Greg Brown III

Not many people knew who Brown was until he threw down a between-the-legs dunk against the Rockets.

That single play showed his athleticism and also the intrigue the team has with him.

During the summer session, he averaged 9.0 points, 5.4 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks (led team).

His play earned him a three-year deal.

Antonio Blakeney deserves a shot

He led the Blazers in scoring at 17.4 points and shot 55.6% from the field. 

Blakeney is in a weird position because he’s been undrafted since 2017 and has been trying to find his footing in the league.

He spent his first two seasons with the Bulls and last in the G League.

Although a fit is uncertain, he’s shown an ability to score as he’s become somewhat of a G League legend, averaging over 26 points in three seasons down there.

 

Maybe in Portland, there’s a fit, as he averaged 7.5 points in two seasons with Chicago.