NOVEMBER 09, 2012; Champaign, IL, USA: Illinois Fighting Illini guard Brandon Paul (3) moves the ball up the court during a game against the Colgate Raiders at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Ben Woloszyn-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Basketball: Breaking Down Brandon Paul's Summer League Performance


Back in late June, Brandon Paul went undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft, but still got picked up by the Minnesota Timberwolves for the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League. Because of this, Paul’s Summer League performance is very important in regards to his future in the NBA.

Paul played in all six (started one) of Minnesota’s Summer League games. During those six games, he averaged 14.3 minutes per game, 1.8 rebounds per game, 0.3 assists per game, 0.8 steals per game, and 7.7 points per game. He also shot 43.2% from the field, 33.3% from beyond the arc, and 70% from the foul line.

Feb 07, 2013; Champaign, IL, USA; Illinois Fighting Illini guard Brandon Paul (3) lays the ball in during the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Assembly Hall. Mandatory Credit: Bradley Leeb-USA TODAY Sports

BP3 didn’t play much in Minnesota’s first two games in Vegas, but really came out strong in their third match-up against the Miami Heat. In that game, he played 22 minutes where he had 13 points, three steals, and went 3-for-6 from from beyond the arc. The Miami game was a real bright spot for Paul and exactly how he needed to play in order to impress the Timberwolves’ organization.

However, this kind of play from Paul would not last for long. He played well in the game against the Sacramento Kings, but once again he showed that he can be a bit inconsistent.

Jack Jameson of Dunkingwithwolves.com thinks Minnesota will sign Paul because he “can knock down shots from behind the arc and his athleticism that can turn him into a good defender.”

I would agree with Jameson that Minnesota should sign Brandon Paul even with his consistency problems.

After comparing Paul’s Summer League numbers to that of first round draft pick Shabazz Muhammad, Paul had a better field goal percentage, field throw percentage, and recorded more steals per game. Plus, Paul played six less minutes per game and averaged only one point per game less than Muhammad.

Overall, Brandon Paul proved that he can be a quality option for the Minnesota Timberwolves off the bench and could maybe be a quality sixth man with a little more consistency.

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  • Hanna Park

    I agree. I’m surprised that no one mentions about his athleticism. I remember him blocking even behind the opponent players and his versatility with long arms should be recognized. If u want consistency, get him to practice everyday shooting in every angle possible with help from assistant coaches.

    • Ricky Widmer

      I’m with you that working with NBA assistant coaches will help with his consistency. Good thing for Paul is that his FG% was much improved than it was during his senior season with the Illini.

      Thanks for the comment Hanna.