Monday, July 12, 2010

Hasbrouck Has Big Summer Loop Game

Starting lineup for the 2010-11 Miami Heat ...

At forward: Chris Bosh and LeBron James.
At center; Udonis Haslem.
At shooting guard: Dwayne Wade.

And, at point guard .... Kenny Hasbrouck?

That's Kenny Hasbrouck, a 2009 graduate of Siena and the MAAC's Player of the Year for the 2008-09 season.

Realistically, there's a long way between now and the regular season and a lot of eyes to open for anyone to believe the above scenario.

In truth, the best that can be said about Hasbrouck right now is that he's chasing a spot on the Heat's 13-man come opening night.

But, he's definitely off to a good start.

Hasbrouck is playing with Miami's Summer League team in the Las Vegas summer session for NBA teams. Playing primarily with other non-roster players, Hasbrouck led all scorers with 24 points (10-of-15 shooting), while adding three rebounds and an assist.

His sharp cross-court pass in the closing seconds to undrafted Jon Scheyer from Duke set Scheyer up for a go-ahead 3-pointer in the Heat's 77-72 victory over the New Orleans Hornets Sunday night.

The game was televised, and your blogger watched a good portion. Hasbrouck looks to have added a few pounds of well-defined muscle since his Siena days and looks considerably more confident and mature on the court than most of his teammates.

And, he should be. After ending his career at Siena, he spent much of last season in the NBA's Developmental League before catching on near the end of the season with the Heat. He is currently an unsigned free-agent, but the Heat are certainly in need of low-priced players to fill out their roster after giving big-money contracts to Wade, James and Bosh that leaves the team without much left to spend under the league's salary cap guidelines.

Currently, the Heat don't have a traditional point guard in place. Hasbrouck did play the position on occasion at Siena and in the D-League last season.

Obviously, a single summer league game doesn't decide anything. But, it should be interesting to see how it eventually plays out for Hasbrouck.

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