Jimmy Butler was named MVP of the 2011 Portsmouth Invitational. (Icon SMI)
By Ryan Feldman
Sunday, April 10, 2011
PORTSMOUTH, Va. - The first event of the 2011 NBA Draft season, the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament, is now completed. There were some impressive players who put themselves on the NBA radar, and there were some disappointing players who took themselves off the NBA radar.
Here's a breakdown and grade for each of the 64 players who participated in the 2011 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament:
CHAISSON ALLEN - GRADE: B+
Allen was one of the most valuable players on the team that won the championship at the PIT. He constantly made the right plays. He found the open man, shared the ball, knocked down open shots and played defense. There wasn't much Allen did wrong. He proved he could run the point effectively.
JEFF ALLEN - GRADE: INCOMPLETE
Allen was injured in the first game and didn't play the rest of the week.
KEVIN ANDERSON - GRADE: C+
Anderson played well at times but disappeared at other times. He can be a decent floor leader and he can score some points here and there, but his lack of size hurts him against bigger guards.
TALOR BATTLE - GRADE: B-
Battle shot the ball well and made a few nice plays, but his defense was weak and he struggled at point guard.
ANATOLY BOSE - GRADE: C-
Bose is one-dimensional. He can shoot outside shots and that's all. And he wasn't even one of the best shooters at the PIT.
GILBERT BROWN - GRADE: C+
Brown played well in his first game but then struggled in the next two games. He showed off his incredible athleticism, but what else can he do? He struggled shooting the ball and he can't create.
MATTHEW BRYAN-AMANING - GRADE: B+
Bryan-Amaning played hard all week on both ends of the court. He crashed the boards, played defense and attacked the basket. He missed some shots, but his aggressiveness and intensity was impressive.
JIMMY BUTLER - GRADE: A
Butler did a little of everything. He knocked down mid-range shots, attacked the basket, scored in the post, rebounded and played defense. And he got better each game.
BILL CLARK - GRADE: B+
Clark stood out as one of the best shooters at the PIT. He lit it up the first game and never slowed down. He didn't show much of an all-around game and didn't stand out on defense, but his shooting was impressive.
WILL COLEMAN - GRADE: B+
Coleman was a beast. This physical specimen blocked shots, threw down ferocious dunks and dominated down low. He didn't do anything outside of the paint, but he knows what he's capable of.
RANDY CULPEPPER - GRADE: C+
Culpepper struggled running the point but he still made some nice plays. He knows how to get to the rim, and every once in a while he'll throw a nice pass. He struggled on defense.
MIKE DAVIS - GRADE: A-
Davis made a name for himself at the PIT. He shot the mid-range shot well, he rebounded and he played hard. He was very efficient in his first game, fairly efficient in his second game, and then slowed down a bit in his final game.
MALCOLM DELANEY - GRADE: C
Delaney shot a low percentage in his first two games but finished with a solid effort. He is capable of knocking down outside shots and putting points on the scoreboard, but he is no point guard.
PAPA DIA - GRADE: C-
Dia tried to grab rebounds and score in the post, but he is very uncoordinated. He can't handle the ball and he has no moves.
COREY FISHER - GRADE: B-
Fisher was solid as a point guard and he shot well from 3-point range. But he could have been better. He turned the ball over and wasn't able to get to the basket too much.
DIANTE GARRETT - GRADE: B
Garrett was impressive for the most part. He knows how to get to the basket in the open court. He finds a way to finish at the rim. He also showed off his outside jumper in the final game. He has all the tools to be a very good player.
DJ GAY - GRADE: C
While he may have hit some shots here and there, Gay is not an ideal point guard. He dribbles way too much and often picks up his dribble.
ANDREW GOUDELOCK - GRADE: A-
Goudelock shot the ball exceptionally well from 3-point range. He flat out knows how to score. He has unlimited range and he can create his own shots. He struggled in the final game, both with missed shots and turnovers. But it was still an impressive week for Goudelock.
STEVEN GRAY - GRADE: D
Gray just didn't show up. He couldn't hit shots, he couldn't create, he couldn't do anything. He had no positive impact on the games.
ANTHONY GURLEY - GRADE: C-
Gurley had some nice plays here and there, but he didn't stand out.
DWIGHT HARDY - GRADE: C
Hardy caught fire every once in a while, but that was rare. He also made a few nice passes. He didn't have enough of a positive impact on the game when he wasn't hitting shots.
DEMONTE HARPER - GRADE: D+
Harper proved he could shoot the ball a little bit, but he wasn't one of the better shooters at the PIT. He tried to run the point and failed at it. He was one of the worst passers in Portsmouth. He constantly threw the ball away.
FRANK HASSELL - GRADE: B-
Hassell grabbed some boards and played physical basketball. He also showed an ability to score in the post with a few hook shots in the final game.
BLAKE HOFFARBER - GRADE: D+
Hoffarber hit some shots here and there, but he was one-dimensional. And his shooting wasn't very good at all.
JUSTIN HOLIDAY - GRADE: C-
Holiday was very disappointing. He struggled on offensive, both at making shots and creating. His defense was solid, but his offense was not good.
JOHN HOLLAND - GRADE: B-
Holland was a solid role player. He was super efficient in the first game but not as effective in the other two games. He can do a little of everything. He can shoot it, he's athletic, and he's unselfish.
JUSTIN HURTT - GRADE: C+
Hurtt showed an ability to get to the rim and knock down outside shots. But sometimes he doesn't know the value of a quality shot. He forced too many tough shots, and he is often out of control when attacking the basket.
RICK JACKSON - GRADE: C-
Jackson was very underwhelming. He can't shoot the ball outside of five feet from the basket, and he wasn't even one of the most dominant big men at the PIT on the boards.
DELROY JAMES - GRADE: B-
James has a knack for being around the ball. He is always making the plays on both ends of the court. He finds a way to get to the basket every time. But he is often out of control, which causes turnovers and bad shots.
DELVON JOHNSON - GRADE: D+
Johnson didn't try to do anything he couldn't do, but he just didn't do much. He made a few athletic plays around the basket and not much more than that.
GARY JOHNSON - GRADE: B-
Johnson rebounded the ball well and knocked down some shots, but he really struggled from the field in his final game.
RAVERN JOHNSON - GRADE: B+
Johnson isn't much more than just a shooter, but he is certainly a shooter. He shot the ball well all week from 3-point range and mid-range.
CURTIS KELLY - GRADE: B-
Kelly played hard and scored well in the post. He could have grabbed more rebounds, but overall it was a solid effort for Kelly.
DALLAS LAUDERDALE - GRADE: D
Lauderdale didn't do much of anything. He didn't rebound, he didn't score and he didn't have much of an impact.
CAM LONG - GRADE: C+
Long shot the ball well from 3-point range and served as a solid role player. He didn't try to do too much.