July 10, 2016, 8:56 pm
Georgios Papagiannis (knee, hamstring) played in Sunday’s Summer League loss to the Rockets, scoring eight points on 4-of-7 shooting with five rebounds in 18 minutes.
Papagiannis showed his soft hands and versatility on the offensive side, but his movement was either restricted by the knee and/or hamstring issues or he’s going to have to improve in that department. What we saw today would mean he’ll have a hard time defending in the NBA, but we’re going to give him a pass since he’s 19 years old and playing in his first Summer League game — and potentially not at 100 percent.
He’s going to have to turn in a pretty strong preseason to get thrown right into the mix as DeMarcus Cousins’ backup, and that assumes Kosta Koufos is not with the team. Dynasty owners shouldn’t get carried away, but he will have huge backing from the front office and he profiles as sort of a poor man’s Marc Gasol if all goes well. The payoff for that probably isn’t for at least two years, so rate him accordingly.