With the NBA Summer league coming to an end, let’s take a look at how the players I listed performed in the first NBA action. *stats are current up until tournament play began
Devonte’ Graham, Charlotte Hornets
In three games with the Hornets, Graham put up 10 points with six assists, shooting 37% from the field. I wasn’t able to tune into any of his games but he is off to a solid start. With the injury to Malik Monk, Graham may be able to see some action early for Charlotte.
Billy Preston, Cleveland Cavaliers
In four games, Billy Preston had a solid showing in summer league play. The big man posted numbers of 10.8 points and five rebounds. Didn’t shoot all that well but his percentage should rise as he plays more and gets comfortable.
Trevon Duval, Houston Rockets
Duval looked very impressive in a few games in summer league. Showcasing explosiveness, he averaged nine points and just under two assist. There is still more growth that needs to be had with Duval, especially a more consistent jump shot. Being designated as a two-way should make the transition easy for Duval.
Malik Newman, Los Angeles Lakers
Oddly, Newman played sparingly in the Summer League. He averaged just under two points and only played 11 minutes in two games.
Allonzo Trier, New York Knicks
Knicks fans have to be excited with the play of the first-round pick, Kevin Knox, Allonzo Trier can find a way to be a solid contributor for them as well with his performance this Summer. Trier played well, his numbers were 17 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 3.3 assists!
Hamidou Diallo, Oklahoma City Thunder
Diallo had some high flying dunks and solid play this Summer. He produced numbers to the tune of 10.8 points, four rebounds and shot just under 50% from the field. He could be a real steal if he can continue to develop his jumper and bring a high level of defensive play to the Thunder.
Elie Okobo, Phoenix Suns
Okobo didn’t play as well as I expected but he showed flashes of his playmaking abilities. In four games, Okobo averaged two points and three assists.
Miles Bridges, Charlotte Hornets
Like Diallo, Bridges excelled when it came to high flying jams. He showed a nice feel for the game as he made nice passes and got into passing lanes on defense. Bridges produced 15 points, eight rebounds and just under two assists per game in five games in Las Vegas.
Jalen Brunson, Dallas Mavericks
Oddly enough, none of the National Champs played particularly well this Summer. Brunson averaged 6.8 points and four assists.
Anfernee Simons, Portland Trailblazers
I was very impressed with Simons and his play this summer. He looked very poised, even more so than the players who played in college the past season. He showed that he could play by putting up 12.8 points, three boards on 47% from the field.
Check out the final game tonight between The Los Angeles Lakers and The Portland Trailblazers at 10 PM EST on ESPN!