Thursday, July 10, 2008

Derrick Byars Watch: Day 3

Derrick Byars turned in another average performance at the Orlando Pro Summer League on Wednesday, scoring a modest seven points on 3-for-7 shooting to go along with two rebounds and one steal in nearly 22 minutes of action.

The only downside? Byars was just 1-for-6 from the foul line, which is not going to help his cause as he tries to land with a NBA squad.

As a team, the Magic struggling big time, losing their straight game by double figures, this time an 86-74 defeat of SEC alums Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas and the Chicago Bulls. Noah finished with 10 points and 12 rebounds, while Thomas scored a game-high 25.

The Magic return to action today when they take on Indiana, and hopefully DB can turn in a Washington State-like performance. That game still gives me chills.

And since I'm in the mood to reminisce, here's a look at Byars' senior season highlight reel. Enjoy.

1 comment:

Tony Arnold said...

I love Derrick. But it seems he is still struggling with consistency in the Pros just as he did at VU. He could flat dominate a game and then disappear offensively the next.

And it is certainly not a work ethic issue. It was not as if he takes the day off mentality. His effort on defensive and running the offense stay high. It just seems he does not assert himself offensively on a consistent basis.

He would have games where he was being agressive with the slightest open look, taking the ball of the dribble, etc. and then the next game would be much more reserved about his own offensive game. I can't imagine it is a lack of confidence.