Week in Revue: Annual gathering had some memorable performances
Now that the 2008 Rocky Mountain Revue is done, The Tribune takes a look back at who played well, and who didn't play so well.
Anthony Morrow, of the Golden State Warriors, went undrafted out of Georgia Tech. But he was unquestionably the best player at the Revue this week. In fact, Morrow did so well that he played himself right into a deal with the Warriors, signing with the club on Friday.
Over the four games that Golden State played, Morrow averaged 21 points per game, displaying a silky jumper that he unleashed all over the court. He also was effective in getting to the basket off the dribble. Morrow has NBA size, at 6-foot-5, and he's got the look of a shooting guard who can play in the league for a long time.
Anthony Randolph was almost as good as his teammate, Anthony Morrow. The 14th pick of last month's draft, Randolph showed off amazing ball-handling skills for a player his size (6-10). As his ejection on Friday suggests, Randolph has a ways to go maturity-wise. He also needs to get a lot stronger. But his skill-set and potential suggest that he could be an All-Star somewhere down the road. The Warriors clearly have a steal in Randolph.
As spotty as the Jazz were in going 3-3 on the week, Morris Almond was the chief reason they won three games. The second-year man scored well in every game, highlighted by a 29-point performance against the New Jersey Nets. He defended better and he got to the basket, and to the foul line. Without a doubt, Almond's Revue was a success.
Best single-game performance
Utah's Tyrone Brazelton, left, scored 12 fourth-quarter points against the New Jersey Nets, lifting the Jazz to a win that didn't seem that possible in the first three periods. He ended up with 16 points in 16 minutes, and in the process made it clear that he's someone who can enter a game and change the outcome in a hurry.
Jaycee Carroll, with his summer league performances, probably has played his way into New Jersey's veteran camp, and he may have played his way onto the roster altogether. The former USU star saved his best for the Jazz, scoring 22 points Tuesday against Utah, and consistently giving the Utah guards fits.
More MVP runner-ups
Playing with the Mavericks, Gerald Green is pretty much down to his last chance in terms of making himself an NBA player. He's always been an NBA athlete, but this week, Green showed signs of rounding out his game. He led Dallas by scoring 19 points per game, he showed off his jumper, and he was great on the fast break, finishing off several plays with highlight dunks. He's still got a ways to go, but the Mavericks have to be encouraged with how Green played this week.
In the very same game, New Jersey lottery pick Brook Lopez, left, went 2-for-11 from the field on his way to four points. He did grab 11 rebounds, but he looked timid, he dropped numerous passes on his way to five turnovers, and looked little like the player the Nets hoped they were getting with the 10th pick of the draft.
What we've learned about the Jazz/Flash
We've learned that Almond has worked to expand his game. We've learned that the game of Kyrylo Fesenko has regressed. We've learned that Hiram Fuller may be worth a look as a defensive presence in the middle. We've learned that Kosta Koufos has potential, but will need a few years to develop. Of the Koufos, Almond, Fesenko trio, none of them are a lock to start the season on the active roster. Almond is ready, but the roster is chock full of shooting guards. Koufos and Fesenko are clearly not ready to contribute at the NBA level.