13. Austin Rivers: G, NOH (Drafted 10th overall)
Summer League Stats: 2 games, 32.0 MPG, 10.0 PPG, 3.5 APG, 2.5 RPG, .125 3P%, .211 FG%, .611 FT%
It’s going to be a long, difficult road for Austin Rivers, but the transition to the point guard position just might work out in New Orleans. He was too busy trying not to mess up rather than being aggressive in getting his shot, and he read the defense awfully slow off pick-and-rolls, but over time he’ll get better. I think Monty Williams will be a great mentor for him.
12. Dion Waiters: G, CLE (Drafted fourth overall)
Summer League Stats: 3 games, 30.0 MPG, 12.3 PPG, .300 FG%, .167 3P%
I was really disappointed with Dion Waiters’ perimeter game. We all knew he’d be able to get to the rack and finish, but his lack of a three-point stroke could cause issues in how he and Kyrie Irving will mesh in the regular season. Several sources believe he also may have gained some weight, and dropping 10 pounds would make him more explosive.
11. Terrence Ross: G-F, TOR (Drafted 9th overall)
Summer League Stats: 5 games, 27.2 PPG, 14.4 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 1.0 SPG
Ross attempted way too many threes (24) and has already labeled himself as a high-volume scorer, which won’t earn him many minutes behind or next to DeMar DeRozan. Regardless, he played impeccable isolation defense and could be a complimentary piece in Toronto.
10. Thomas Robinson: PF, SAC (Drafted fifth overall)
Summer League Stats: 5 games, 29.5 MPG, 13.0 PPG, 9.8 RPG, .344 FG%
Thomas Robinson grabbed a whole lot of rebounds, but it was his shot selection that didn’t sit well with me. He threw his body around at Kansas, putting up points by making athletic plays on the inside, but in his Summer League games, he was caught drifting out to the perimeter and turning the ball over (5.0 TOPG). If John Hollinger did a PER for Robinson, it would’ve been sub-paltry.
09. Harrison Barnes: F, GSW (Drafted 7th overall)
Summer League Stats: 5 games, 33.3 MPG, 16.8 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 1.8 SPG, .571 3P%
He still can’t create on his own (or hasn’t shown that he can, yet), but his ability to get open off the ball and knock down shots make Barnes a picture-perfect pick-up for the Warriors.What more could you ask for than an upgraded Dorell Wright?
08. Terrence Jones: PF, HOU (Drafted 18th overall)
Summer League Stats: 5 games, 25.2 MPG, 18.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, .333 3P%
Jones came off the bench, so a lot of his dirty work came against tired starters and second-string players; but he did prove his value as an isolation threat on the low block. Think a younger version of Zach Randolph, minus the technical fouls.
07. Bradley Beal: G, WSH (Drafted third overall)
Summer League Stats: 5 games, 30.6 MPG, 17.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 1.0 SPG, 1.0 BPG, .3003P%
Even though he was touted the second-coming of Ray Allen, Beal took an insane amount of threes, yielding a poor three-point percentage. However, he found other ways to score, attacking the basket and getting to the charity stripe (72.2 percent from the line). He’ll easily start alongside John Wall in Washington, giving the Wizards a perimeter threat on a team full of slashers.
06. Donatas Motiejunas: F, HOU (Drafted 20th overall in 2011)
Summer League Stats: 4 games, 25.0 MPG, 16.3 PPG, 7.8 RPG, .286 3P%, .622 FG%
Motiejunas was drafted 20th overall by the Rockets in the 2011 NBA Draft, but, as many European players tend to do, took a year before coming over to the U.S. He showcased an incredible touch around the basket, especially with his elite post array, as well as consistency from downtown. He just might be the perfect replacement for Luis Scola.