Though, if opposing bigs got too lax, the former LSU Tiger was quick to take a rebound coast-to-coast, catch them on their heels, and use a crafty finish at the rim. Copyright 2022 YB Media, LLC. Starting for the Trail Blazers: Brandon Williams, Keon Johnson, Didi Louzada, Trendon Watford and Luka Garza. I thought it was an excellent job by him.. All rights reserved.
Live Now on ESPN pic.twitter.com/gPvt9zwJJo, How did Brandon Williams make this pass? Blazers Announce Sharpe Injury Will Not Require Surgery. Can you name the MLB leaders in on-base percentage since 1992? The 21-year-old first signed a two-way contract with the Blazers after going undrafted in 2021. ET on Sunday, July 17. FORMER ALABAMA GUARD PLANS TO BE A DOG FOR CELTICS, Last year, I can just remember coming in on a two-way (contract) just sort of worried about, Man, I got to do to this, I got to do that, I got to do this, I got to do that, Watford said on Saturday after the Trail Blazers 85-68 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in the Summer League. It was fun seeing how excited he was about that contract and that validation of Hey, Im an NBA player. Knicks vs. 26), Advanced + On-Off Statistics: 59.0 true shooting percentage, 17.6 usage percentage, -18.7 on-court, -12.6 on-off swing. The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of Advance Local. Contract status: Watford, who signed a two-way contract as an undrafted free agent last summer, received a four-year deal from the Blazers on Feb. 21. I was just letting it come to me, Watford said after Saturdays game. There are still several players around the NBA on two-way contracts who are candidates to get new deals before the end of the regular season. Trail Blazers score, results: Portland captures 2022 Summer League championship. Led by 12 points, three rebounds and three steals from Trendon Watford, the Blazers take an 11-point lead into the half. Watching Watford play, its clear that head coach Chauncey Billups has some trust in Watfords ability to compete against multiple different positions on defense. Watford did his part in Las Vegas to show he should continue to be a regular role player in the frontcourt. The fact that Portland is opting to waive Smith rather than injured forward Joe Ingles, who was acquired for salary-matching purposes at this months trade deadline, suggests that the team may still see value in Ingles Bird rights. 4:32 p.m. Just as it seemed the Blazers had it in the bag, the Knicks are making a late push. Portland leads 28-22with 4:28 remaining in the half. No player is perfect, though, and its likely that Watford already knows what minor steps he can take to improve. To double down on that: 206 different players took at least 60 transition shots this regular season; volume in mind, he took the No. On Jan. 3, during Portlands 136-131 victory over the Atlanta Hawks, Watford played more than 10 minutes in a game for the first time in his NBA career and tipped off a stretch in which he played in 39 consecutive games. 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Orlando Sanchez of KGW Sports videos Lillard talking about his rehab and the new season. To tip off the final day of summer league action in Las Vegas, the Blazers earned a win over the Knicks to take home the crown. In a college Q&A, he noted a few of his favorite players Paul George and Kevin Durant and there are some similarities in how he attacks a defenders body to get to the rim and finish. Looking back over Watfords 2021-22 campaign, both his tape and raw numbers suggest that he put himself on the right track for each of those three. 2022 NFL over/under win totals: Five best bets, AFC North camp preview: Lamar Jackson needs a WR1, Kyler Murray, Cardinals agree to five-year, $230.5 million contract extension, Three smaller-market teams that could trade for Juan Soto. Watfords best month came in March when he played 31.5 minutes per game. I had two dunks. The contract came with two guaranteed years and will pay Watford just under $1.6 million next season. The @nyknicks are swinging the Can you name the NBA players with the most assists in the postseason? Can you name the last wide receivers to make AP First-Team All-Pro for every NFL franchise? 4:22 p.m. At the end of three, Portland is in command. 2022-23 outlook: If Watford is receiving significant minutes next season, then its likely that the Blazers failed to land an impact power forward who could start ahead of Justise Winslow. A young player that comes to Summer League after theyve had NBA experience, many times they want to shine at Summer League to show all the things that theyve done with the success they had during the regular season, said Steve Hetzel, the Trail Blazers assistant coach whos handling the summer league team, and I thought after the first game, he just relaxed and played his game, and today was a perfect Trendon Watford example of his game. - Trendon Watford
The @trailblazers are the #NBA2K23SummerLeague Champs! The majority of his assists come through either Horns sets in the dribble handoff-based offense the Blazers utilized a ton of over the second half of the year, hitting shooters on the weak side, or out in transition. AFC South prediction and odds: Moving pieces throughout the division. As NBA Draft preparation begins ramping up with this weeks lottery and combine taking place, evaluators will finally get the chance to see all the hard work LSU forward Trendon Watford has been putting in since the end of the Tigers 2020-21 season. Nationals want to include Corbin in Soto trade? Weve seen some real progress in him and a skillset that can definitely help us move forward.. Circumstances werent pretty for the Blazers, it did allow them to uncover a diamond-in-the-rough-type player whose work made him a part of their long-term plans. Viewers in the U.S. can also stream the Summer League championship on the ESPN app,fuboTVorSling TV. Watford stuck with Portland on a two-way contract to open the 2021-22 season. Some guys can come out here and do a thousand isos, but thats not really me, so Im just coming out here just trying to play together, play with my guys and, man, most important, just win.. All rights reserved (About Us). Damian Lillard Says Hes Stronger Than Ever Following Surgery. The latest in the sports world, emailed daily. With the NBA Draft just weeks away, teams have begun holding private workouts with key prospects they are interested in selecting in this years draft. The emotion and celebration in sharing that news with family had left the undrafted rookie with a more hoarse tone than usual. Watford was great around the basket, scoring at a 71.2% clip on shots within five feet. Thats the first time I had two dunks in a game in a while. And then it was fun seeing him react to that contract by playing even better. @Jabari521 | #SummerBlazers pic.twitter.com/iw938iM4pg. As Watfords skills became more noteworthy, perhaps on a scouting report, he showed that he could pivot and adjust, mixing in more up-fakes and shot fakes into those floaters, catching even some of the NBAs premier interior defenders off-balanced before lofting in those shots, as seen in the video above. With Walker, Watford and Williams stepping up, it's fitting that the Blazers got the W. The Sporting News tracked score updates and highlights from the Summer League Championship Game. Who has the highest single-season PPG average for every NBA team? And he flat out earned it.. Other posts: Justise Winslow; Trendon Watford; Greg Brown III; Keon Johnson; CJ Elleby; Brandon Williams; Ben McLemore; Drew Eubanks; Elijah Hughes; Keljin Blevins; DiDi Louzada; Joe Ingles; Eric Bledsoe; Reggie Perry; Kris Dunn. Watfords play elevated even further from that point on. Jabari is unreal. His jersey number is 2. (Portland Trail Blazers won the match ). Taken by no team in the 2021 NBA Draft, Watford proved to be found money for the Blazers, earning a four-year deal in the process.