3 overreactions to the New Orleans Pelicans’ Summer League flop

Dyson Daniels #11 of the New Orleans Pelicans (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Pelicans, Trey Murphy III, Naji Marshall
Trey Murphy III #25 of the New Orleans Pelicans and Naji Marshall (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images) /

Naji Marshall and Trey Murphy III have gotten worse!

Again, a huge overreaction, but it was disappointing to see the Pelicans’ two Summer League “veterans” have such a poor outing.

TMII led the team with 23 points, but shot just 1-of-9 from the 3-point line and had four turnovers.

Naji Marshall was even worse, connecting on just two of his 12 shots and also turning the ball over four times, mostly by trying to do too much and driving into defenders.

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Luckily these two were playing roles that they will not be playing once the games are real, as both were trying to make plays off the bounce and acting as the facilitator in the half court at times, which they won’t be asked to do much of in the regular season.

Both of them also made some nice plays defensively, combining for five steals, and I expect we’ll see much better outings in the future.

Another things to point out is that point guard Jose Alvarado, who dominated in the FIBA World Cup qualifiers, did not play, and things might have gone differently for Naji and TMIII if he had.