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There were some monstrous scoring outputs during the second weekend of the Seattle Pro Am - in fact there were five players who posted 40+ points this past weekend, so scoring was certainly not an issue. Jamal Crawford was, as expected, the star of the weekend posting games of 51 and 53 points on back to back days and leading the DRG Wolverines to two much needed wins pulling their record to 2-1 after two weeks.
If you missed any highlights, here is Crawford cutting up these opponents who clearly have no shot at stopping him.
At one point you can see University of Washington commit (verbal) trying to guard Jamal and I found myself thinking, "C'mon guys put someone else on Jamal that just isn't fair" but I guess the kid has to learn sometime.
Jamal is always fun to watch in his event, but the story of the weekend was the return of two University of Washington alums, Tre Simmons and Spencer Hawes.
Simmons teamed up with old UW teammates Will Conroy and Mike Jensen on the BrandBlack Vandals and he certainly did not disappoint. Tre only played on Sunday but his presence was sorely needed as the Vandals took on the undefeated Pop Chips Pilots. Simmons was magical and put on a show with an array of shots, finishes at the rim and even showed off some handles that were quite impressive.
Simmons finished the game with 39 points and the Vandals handed the Pilots their first loss of the Pro Am, however the Pilots still sit atop the league at 3-1 so far. The Vandals moved to 2-2 with the win. Conroy also chipped in with 41 points and 10 assists - Conroy has imposed his will in their first four games and he's almost averaging a triple double (29.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 11.3 assists).
Spencer Hawes - fresh off his four-year, $23 million deal with the Clippers - also showed up this past weekend and was a man amongst boys with his size and skill. I don't know what it was, maybe it's that he wanted to show out for his new teammate Jamal, or maybe he simply knew he was too match for the competition, but he was amazing.
Hawes played both days (for two different teams I might add) and did his thing. On Saturday he played with the BrandBlack Vandals and posted a line of 29 points, 10 rebounds and six assists while helping lead them to a win. Then on Sunday he teamed up with Jamal and helped the DRG Wolverines get their second win of the weekend - his line on Sunday was 32 points and 17 rebounds.
You might think, "Yeah he just posted everyone up and the buckets were easy" - wrong. Check this video out and clearly you will see that Hawes was showing off his skill and athleticism as a legit seven footer.
All in all, it was exactly what it's supposed to be - stellar entertainment for the Seattle community. Through the first two weekends there haven't been any surprise NBA star visits, but I would imagine as NBA Summer League finishes up in Las Vegas more people will start to show up. Get your popcorn ready!
League Leaders Through First Two Weeks
Points Rebounds Assists
Jamal Crawford - 43.3 Seamus Boxley - 17.5 Will Conroy - 11.3
Tony Wroten - 41.1 Spencer Hawes - 13.5 Antwan Williams - 8.8
Spencer Hawes - 30.5 Renado Parker - 11.8 Carlos Singer - 8.7
Will Conroy - 29.8 Kevin Ford - 9.8 Jamal Crawford - 8.0
Alvin Snow - 28.7 Germain Jordan - 9.5 Tony Wroten - 5.7
A final video mix of Jamal Crawford having some fun!