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Coming out party for Lawson
by Travis Heath / July 18, 2009

Ty Lawson - Steve KylerGame 1: Detroit Pistons 92 , Cleveland Cavaliers 86

Studs: Austin Daye continues to shine. He was fantastic again today for the Detroit Pistons scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Daye clearly has to add some muscle over the course of his first couple of NBA seasons, but he's looking like a player who could be special down the line for Detroit. Jonas Jerebko also played a very solid game for Detroit scoring 19 points and grabbing five boards. Darnell Jackson was solid for Cleveland scoring 13 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. He's looking to prove he can crack the rotation next season and be the backup power forward in Cleveland.

Duds: Cleveland's Danny Green had a less than stellar performance scoring just six points on 2-7 shooting. He regressed some from his first two performances of the summer.

David Harrison of the Cavs actually played pretty well when he was in the game, but he got ejected after receiving two technical fouls for arguing with the officials. Controlling his emotions has been a problem for Harrison dating back to his days at the University of Colorado and it looks like something he still hasn't mastered much to the detriment of his chances of carving out a longtime niche in the NBA.

Game 2: Sacramento Kings 84, New York Knicks 71

Studs: Jason Thompson was very good for Sacramento. It took him 22 shots to get 23 points, but his aggressiveness had to make the Kings' coaching staff excited. He also grabbed 10 boards in the game. Tyreke Evans was also very aggressive scoring 18 points on 16 shots. There's no doubt he can get in the lane and create his own shot, but he has a long way to go as a distributor.

Jordan Hill was very good on the glass for the Knicks yanking down 12 rebounds. He looks like a natural in this area. His eight points, however, were a personal summer league low. Toney Douglas' 15 points was the best scoring output for the Knicks' rookie so far this summer.

Duds: Kings rookie Omri Casspi shot just 2-11 from the field and looks very raw on the offensive end. Yaroslav Korolev was a non-factor and was held scoreless in his 10 minutes of play. Hard to believe this guy was once a lottery pick of the Los Angeles Clippers.

Game 3: Minnesota Timberwolves 89, Washington Wizards 82

Studs: Nick Young was content to shoot the ball virtually every time he touched it. When you make 8-17 and finish with 23 points, though, that's probably not going to worry the coaching staff too much. This kid is quite simply one of the best offensive players in Vegas. However, he'll have to get better in other areas of his game to realize his potential in the regular season.

A very solid outing from Jonny Flynn of the Minnesota Timberwolves finishing with 21 points, five assists, and three rebounds. He seems to get better with each game. Fellow rookie Wayne Ellington was also solid scoring 19 points and grabbing three boards. The Wolves could have a nice rookie duo next season regardless of what happens with Ricky Rubio.

Duds: Andray Blatche of the Wizards had a very lackluster performance scoring 11 points on 4-15 shooting. This is a guy who has shown he's as good as anyone offensively in Vegas when he's focused and interested. He's clearly wasn't very interested on Friday. Bobby Brown, who actually got the start at the point instead of Flynn, was unimpressive. He finished with just six points and three assists.

Game 4: Chicago Bulls 80, Oklahoma City Thunder 74

Studs: James Harden continues to play very good basketball for the Thunder finishing with 20 points and five assists. He looks like he will be a very nice fit with Oklahoma City's other pieces once the regular season rolls around.

Anthony Roberson absolutely stole the show for the Chicago Bulls scoring 24 points and swiping three steals. He only had one assist and is clearly not a true point guard, but when given the chance to score he can put up numbers. James Johnson also had an intriguing night for Chicago. While he struggled with his shot making just 2-11 from the field, he grabbed 10 rebounds and dropped seven dimes to compensate.

Duds: DeMarcus Nelson was underwhelming for the Bulls going just 3-10 from the field. Clearly his toughest game of the summer. After a very good outing on Thursday against San Antonio, Serge Ibaka struggled mightily for the Thunder scoring just two points and pulling down five rebounds.

Game 5: Denver Nuggets 111, Portland Trail Blazers 93

Studs: After really struggling to score the ball in his first two games, Ty Lawson had his summer league coming out party. He was absolutely phenomenal doing virtually whatever he wanted to do on the floor finishing with 26 points, five assists, and five rebounds. He also outplayed Jerryd Bayless when the two were matched head-to-head at various points during the game. Sonny Weems also played his best game yet this summer scoring 24 points and grabbing four boards.

Bayless, once he started to look for his shot, had a solid game finishing with 19 points. However, he had six turnovers and only three assists. Bobby Jones looked very nice for Portland finishing with 18 points and five rebounds.

Duds: Matt Freije was 0-5 from the field and didn't impress at all for Portland. Jeff Pendergraph also struggled from the field scoring just seven points on 3-8 shooting for the Blazers. His nine rebounds did help to salvage the evening to some degree, though.

Game 6: Phoenix Suns 95, D-League Select 89

Studs: Micah Downs surprised many in attendance tonight with his very solid performance. The former Gonzaga Bulldog finished with 19 points on 8-11 shooting and five boards. Jiri Hubalek was also very good for the second straight game scoring 20 points on 8-11 shooting in just 22 minutes of run.

Gary Forbes continued his outstanding play for the D-League Select team scoring 26 points. He has been one of the better players in Vegas so far this summer.

Duds: While Robin Lopez's numbers look okay on the surface (10 points and six rebounds ), he also accumulated 10 fouls and six of those fouls in just eight minutes. In a real NBA game he would have been disqualified before he really had a chance to make an impact. Taylor Griffin also struggled for Phoenix scoring just four points on 1-9 shooting. Center Marcus Hubbard never got his feet underneath him for the D-League Select team scoring just two points on 1-6 shooting and grabbing six boards.

Travis Heath covers the Denver Nuggets and the NBA at large for HOOPSWORLD.