With only a handful of games left in Las Vegas after today, the potential future stars of the NBA have already left their mark at one of the Summer League venues. Some of these kids have been a huge surprise while others – looking at you Marcus Smart – simply don’t belong here anymore.
There have been a lot of great individual performances, but these guys have owned Summer League this year.
Celtics Marcus Smart
In Utah: 2 games averaging 28 minutes, 24 points, 44.1 FG%, 4.5 rebounds, 7.5 assists, 2.5 steals and 1.0 block.
Smart led his Summer League venue in points, assists and steals, but this kid averaged 9.8 points in the NBA playoffs a few months ago. Why is he even here?
Magic Aaron Gordon
In Orlando: 3 games averaging 32.7 minutes, 21.7 points, 50 FG%, 11.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.7 blocks
The fourth overall draft pick in 2014 had a rookie season to forget, but the 19-year-old looked great in Summer League leading his venue in rebounds and minutes played. The Magic have to be very happy.
Free Agent Seth Curry
In Las Vegas: 3 games averaging 32.3 minutes, 25 points, 45.6 FG%, 3.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 3.3 steals.
Curry is playing for a job with the Pelicans and he’s currently leading all Summer League venues in scoring and steals. However, he’s hoisting and missing a lot of long balls (4-22), so he doesn’t quite look like his brother just yet.
Pacers Myles Turner
In Orlando: 3 games averaging 29 minutes, 18.7 points, 60.5 FG%, 8.3 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 4.3 blocks.
The 11th pick of the 2015 NBA draft, the 7′ Turner is leading all Summer Leagues venues in blocked shots and he’s filling the net too. Roy Hibbert who?
Raptors Norman Powell
In Las Vegas: 3 games averaging 25 minutes, 19.3 points, 59.5 FG%, 4.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 1.3 blocks.
The Raptors 2015 second round draft pick has been wowing the crowds with high flying dunks, surprising blocks and some unexpected outside shooting. It looks like the long rangy athletic 6’4 guard has played himself into a guaranteed contract.
Mavericks Dwight Powell
In Las Vegas: 3 games averaging 32.3 minutes, 20.7 points, 43.2 FG%, 9.3 rebounds, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks.
The young Canadian big man has been working on his three-ball at Summer League and has connected on 7-28, so maybe its not quite ready for the NBA.
Free Agent Alan Williams
In Las Vegas: 2 games averaging 26 minutes, 21.5 points, 48.4 FG%, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal and 0.5 blocks.
An undrafted senior out of UC Santa Barbara, the big 6’8 center Williams played in Orlando first where he averaged 8 minutes, 1 point and 2.3 rebounds in 3 games, but he got his chance to shine in Vegas and he took it.
Suns T.J. Warren
In Las Vegas: in 3 games averaging 29.7 minutes, 19.3 points, 55.8 FG%, 2.7 assists, 1.7 steals and 0.7 blocks.
A 2014 lottery draft pick, Warren only played 40 games last year so he needed to be in Summer League and he’s produced.
The double-double guys: Alex Len 12.5/11 and 2 blocks, Jordan Mickey 12.7/10.7 and 3 blocks, and Branden Dawson 12.8/10.3,
The notables: Rodney Hood 22.5/7.5/2.5, Glenn Rice 22.7/5.0/2.3, Joe Young 22.5/2.5/3.3, Furkan Aldemir 5.3/13.3 and 2.7 blocks, Lucas Nogueira 8/10 and 3 blocks, Jarrid Famous 15.7/9.7, Larry Drew II 9.3/4.7/9.0 and 2.7 steals, Tim Frazier 11/5.7/8.0, and Emmanuel Mudiay 13.3/3.7/7.3.
Don’t get too excited, it’s only Summer League, but everyone would rather be noticed.
Stephen Brotherston covers the Toronto Raptors and visiting NBA teams at the Air Canada Centre and is a member of the Professional Basketball Writers Association.
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