Rudy Mbemba, 6-0, Point Guard, 1987, Frankfurt Skyliners, Sweden
2 games Total: 15 points, 7 rebounds, 13 assists, 5 turnovers, 4 steals, 53 minutes, 4/6 2P, 2/7 3P
On one hand Mbemba made some excellent passes igniting the fast break with terrific homerun style outlets or setting up his big man nicely with bounce passes off the pick and roll, also picking up some assists on the drive and dish. On the other hand, he also had a quite few pointless turnovers, dribbling into brick walls with little purpose or forcing tough passes that just werent there. His decision making is still way behind his terrific athletic ability, which allows him to beat his matchup almost whenever he pleases.
Those here who are calling him an undersized shooting guard are sorely mistaken, though this guy is definitely a point guard through and through, although he is still a ways to go in terms of his polish and overall experience. He only knows how to play at one speedand that is 100 miles an hour. He does have an incredible extra gear he can go to when needed to get himself into the lane, and will rise up and attempt to throw down a thunderous jam if given the opportunity to do so. Comparing him with American college point guards his age, he doesnt seem to be quite that far off from a player like Ty Lawson for example.
Mbemba also played very strong defense thanks to his excellent combination of strength and lateral quickness, even though he gambles quite a bit for steals. He also scored on occasion with a strong drive or a smooth looking pull-up jumper, either from mid-range or from behind the arc. So far, hes easily one of the most intriguing guys found here.
Rodrigue Beaubois, 6-0, Point Guard, 1988, Cholet, France
2 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 0 turnovers, 1/1 2P, 0/3 3P
Marco Belinelli, 6-5, Shooting Guard, 1986, Climamio Bologna, Italy
17 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 5 turnovers, 2 steals, 3/5 2P, 1/3 3P, 8/8 FT
Belinelli made much more of an effort to attack the basket by putting the ball on the floor, drawing eight fouls for his effort as well as picking up 5 turnovers in the process. He showed a very nice first step and decent ball-handling skills, dunking the ball emphatically in transition (reminding us of his excellent athleticism), and also causing some foolish turnovers.
He mixed in his shooting touch quite a bit on the way, shaking his man violently and executing some very complex off the dribble fade away moves, contorting his body exaggeratively to make things probably more complicated than he needed them to be. His stroke is a thing of beauty when he decides to set his feet and follow through on the simple catch and shoot, as he did quite nicely on one opportunity when left wide open. In the NBA 3-point shooting drills Belinelli wasnt quite as good as you may have thought, going 3/10 on the first series and then 7/10 on the next.
All in all, this probably wasnt the kind of camp Belinelli needed to really push his stock higher than it was coming in here. Hes a solid player, but pulling out of the draft and working on having a much better year next season (both individually and team-wise) doesnt sound like that bad of an idea anymore.
Miroslav Raduljica, 7-0, Center, 1988, FMP Zeleznik, Serbia
2 game total: 9 points, 2/6 FG, 5/6 FT, 9 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 28 minutes
Joao Gomes, 6-7, SG/SF, 1985, Barriense, Portugal
10 points, 3 rebounds, 2/4 2P, 1/3 3P, 3/6 FT
Marko Keselj, 6-9, SF/PF, 1988, Akasvayu Girona, Serbia
2 Game Totals: 7 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 8 turnovers, 2/2 2P, ¼ 3P, 30 minutes
Bill Walker, 6-6, Small Forward, 1987, Kansas State, USA
10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals, 3-7 2P, 1-4 3P, ¼ FT, 17 minutes
Malcolm Lee, 6-4, PG/SG, 1990, Committed to UCLA, USA
12 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 assists, 4 turnovers, 3-6 2P, 2/4 3P
Lee is a freakishly quick combo guard with a knack for getting into the paint. He can go left or right equally well, and possesses an outstanding first step and even better body control finishing in the lane. He showed nice instincts finding the open man on the drive and dish, even if he looks to be more of a shooting guard at the moment than the point guard he is listed at on the roster. That might have had to do with the limited minutes he played at that position, though, as the extremely short Isaiah Thomas played 26 minutes and wasnt going to be anywhere else except on the ball.
Lee also has a really nice jump-shot he can go to, either from a static position or pulling up off the dribble. Hes also a fantastic defender, putting great pressure on the ball and showing excellent commitment to keeping his man in front of him. He came up with quite a few tips in the passing lanes thanks to his excellent instincts and hands for his efforts.
In terms of weaknesses, the first would obviously be his body. Lee looks very far right now from being anywhere close to physically mature, which isnt a huge surprise considering he just turned 17. He has a very thin frame that will need some bulk before hes able to maximize himself at the college level playing for UCLA. Lee could also stand to improve his ball-handling skills, which is a little bit tougher than for most because of how long his arms are. Lee has a tendency to dribble the ball with his head down, so becoming more aware of his surroundings, particularly if hes indeed going to play the point at the next level, will be a big priority.