Top 10 Rookie Takeaways From NBA Summer League

Sports Illustrated - 07-16


LAS VEGAS — While NBA Summer League is usually a time to exercise caution when it comes to sweeping takeaways, the annual slate of exhibition games typically stands as a useful barometer to assess where incoming rookies stand. Summer League is only truly make-or-break for those on the fringes fighting for jobs, but it’s a good place to take the temperature on individual hype, and to get a feel for players outside the context of their college teams. There’s no value in labeling anyone a bust, or conversely, crowning any players prematurely—this is a lower, far less structured level of basketball than the actual NBA—but with those things in mind, here are 10 takeaways from Las Vegas: