Sixty prospects have officially become rookies. While that moment of glory may forever live on with the prospects drafted in 2013, countless other players will forever remember that night as the time in which they were wrongfully overlooked.
Fortunately for those players, teams are beginning to make amends for their decisions by bringing the top undrafted free agents on for Summer League action—so how has every team handled the signing process?
Certain squads have undervalued the importance of granting undrafted free agents opportunities to prove themselves. Others have capitalized in a manner that separates them from the pack, bringing on players with upside that shockingly went undrafted.
One way or another, all 30 teams have had their hands in deciding what should be a hectic offseason.
The Atlanta Hawks have dug deep for some of their signings, targeting small-school prospects with big-time upside. With Murray State's Ed Daniel and Missouri State's Kyle Weems among the notable signings, there will be the opportunity for no-name prospects to prove their worth.
With that being said, no signing could have as significant an impact as that of former Memphis Tigers star Adonis Thomas.
Thomas has underwhelmed in two years at the college ranks, but was one of the top prep stars in the country. At 6'7" and roughly 240 pounds, the 20-year-old small forward certainly has the body to play at the next level.
While he may have averaged 11.7 points for the season, Thomas dropped 14.2 points per contest during his final 13 games leading up to the NCAA tournament.
Thomas has the upside of an NBA player, as he's powerful and athletic enough to compete at the next level. If he ends up shining at the Summer League, it wouldn't be surprising to see him be the next undrafted free agent to carve out a career at the next level.
The Summer League is all about taking chances on players with upside, and few have as much as Thomas.
The Boston Celtics had a strong draft, building upon their interior with the finesse Kelly Olynyk and powerful Colton Iverson. While that may be progress, the Celtics are in a state of confusing transition, which suggests they need to add more pieces.
Signing former Missouri Tigers star point guard Phil Pressey is a great place to start.
Pressey was one of the most productive facilitators in the nation, averaging 11.9 points and 7.1 assists per game. For that reason, it was a common belief that he would be drafted in the second round.
It just so happens that Boston is in the market for a backup point guard, and they stole him without needing to expend a draft pick.
The Celtics also signed Iona point guard Lamont Jones, who was an AP All-American honorable mention. Jones isn't quite the facilitator that Pressey or former Iona star Scott Machado have proven to be.
With that being said, Jones is coming off a season in which he averaged 22.6 points per game.
Both of these lead guards are worth watching.
The Brooklyn Nets haven't been too active on the undrafted free agent front, but they've been efficient. They targeted players that perfectly fit their style of play and ended up bringing in one of the best rebounders: former Delaware Fightin Blue Hens star Jamelle Hagins (per BlueHens.com).
Hagins, who will also play for Miami's summer-league squad, is coming off a season in which he averaged 11.6 points, 10.7 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. The 6'9" and 235-pound power forward likely would have seen his name called in the middle of the second round had he played for a more significant program.
With that being said, there's one translatable trait from the college game to the NBA that Hagins possesses—rebounding prowess.
With Reggie Evans aging, Hagins could be a player the Nets evaluate as a long-term replacement along with Mason Plumlee. While Evans' offensive game is limited, at best, Hagins actually displays good touch around the basket and converts his free throws at a clip of 74.4 percent.
Paired with the fact that he's a high-quality defender, Hagins should be one of the players to make the leap from the Summer League to a main roster.
The Charlotte Bobcats have the makings of a starting lineup that they can move forward with. Kemba Walker is a borderline All-Star at point guard, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist is an elite defensive prospect at the 3 and Bismack Biyombo and Cody Zeller have upside down low.
Outside of those players, however, nothing is too intriguing about Charlotte.
The Bobcats made some strong signings, including former Syracuse combo guard Brandon Triche (per Syracuse.com). Standing at 6'4" and 210 pounds with the ability to handle the ball and finish in transition, there is upside here.
Shooting 28.8 percent from beyond the arc is concerning, but he converted 35 percent in 2011-12—perhaps the volume of attempts damaged the general quality of play.
On the topic of shooting the basketball, Charlotte will bring in one of the nation's most prolific shooters: former VCU star Troy "Buzz" Daniels. This comes after a senior season in which Daniels scored 12.3 points in 26.3 minutes per game on 40.3 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Daniels was third in the nation with 124 three-point field goals and, per Sports-Reference.com, was the only player in the nation to convert at least 120 three-balls and shoot 40 percent from distance.
That's what you call a quality signing.
The Chicago Bulls have yet to sign an undrafted free agent from the class of 2013.
The Cleveland Cavaliers appear to have built their rotation of the future with Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, Sergey Karasev, Anthony Bennett and Tristan Thompson. While their play at center is a question mark, there's no question that the promising youth is in place.
Just don't think that will stop them from having a productive Summer League.
The Cavaliers will bring in point guard Matthew Dellavedova (per the Bendigo Advertiser) and skilled big man Kenny Kadji (per Fox Sports Florida) out of Miami. Both can shoot the ball and each stand a chance of working their way onto a main roster due to that skill and their size.
Dellavedova—who will also get a chance with the Orlando Magic—might be exactly what Cleveland needs in a backup.
He is a 6'4" point guard with Olympic experience on the Australian national team. He's an elite pick-and-roll facilitator who could help Bennett and Thompson pick up easy buckets, all the while shooting 38.2 percent from beyond the arc.
As a player that can create his own shot and find looks for others, Dellavedova may just be the next international player to make an impact in the NBA.
Kadji is more of a question mark, but at 6'11" and 242 pounds, he certainly has the size to intrigue a general manager. Paired with the fact that he made 75 three-point field goals over the past two seasons, the potential is there for him to serve as a stretch 4.
Both of these signings are of a high quality and each have a shot at the main roster, with Dellavedova projecting to be a first-year contributor as a backup point guard.
The Dallas Mavericks have a superstar at power forward and an elite defender at the 3, but that's about it. For that reason, no matter how high profile a franchise they may be, every move the Mavericks make counts for something.
Notable players on the team's Summer League roster include DeWayne Dedmon, Christian Watford and Khalif Wyatt.
Dedmon—who will also get a shot with the Miami Heat—might be the most intriguing name here, as he's 7'0" and 239 pounds with a 7'4" wingspan. The 23-year-old center posted averages of 6.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 2.1 blocks and 1.1 steals in more than 22 minutes during the 2012-13 season and displays elite athleticism.
Much as they did with Bernard James in 2012-13, the Mavericks could end up taking a chance on Dedmon as their center position remains thin.
Wyatt—who will get a chance with the Philadelphia 76ers, too—is far from the athlete Dedmon has proved to be, but he's one of the most dynamic scorers in this draft class. Standing at 6'4" and 212 pounds with a 6'8" wingspan, he pairs an NBA body with an intelligent approach that allows him to play angles and draw fouls.
In 2012-13, Wyatt topped 25 points against the likes of Kansas, Indiana, North Carolina State, Syracuse and VCU—all boasting either an elite team defense or a dominant player at Wyatt's position.
Watford could be the X-factor here, as his NBA future is relatively undetermined. While nothing about him jumps off of the page, he has an NBA body at 6'7" with a 7'1" wingspan, shoots the ball well and is a high-motor player that has a tendency to come up in the clutch.
Dedmon's athleticism, Wyatt's scoring and Watford's all-around game make them players to watch in Summer League play.
The Denver Nuggets have been active in adding undrafted free agents. Their signings thus far include O.D. Anosike, Kyle Barone, C.J. Harris, Richard Howell and Travis Releford.
If you can notice a theme here, Denver is targeting interior forces who dominated the glass and two-way perimeter players.
Anosike and Barone are relatively unknown, but each were top-tier rebounders at their small schools. While they may not be the most attractive prospects, rebounding has long been the one trait that translates to the next level with consistency.
As for Howell, he's easily the most polished interior player among all remaining undrafted players.
He's undersized at 6'8" and lacks elite size, but the 250-pound power forward dominates the glass on both ends and finishes well with each hand around the basket. While his wingspan isn't quite up to par, he also has a mid-range game to help him overcome concerns about his size.
All signs point to him becoming an NBA player.
Harris is a lethal three-point shooter that converted 43.1 percent from beyond the arc in 2012-13 for Wake Forest. Releford, meanwhile, is a respected perimeter defender who has displayed the ability to shoot off the catch.
Neither player is viewed as an imminent threat to reach the NBA, but both have the skill set necessary to become role players at the next level.
According to Keith Langlois of Pistons.com, the Detroit Pistons do not plan on signing players from their Summer League roster. Tthat being said, they will provide players with the opportunity to shine, and crazier things have happened.
Notable undrafted free agents they're bringing on include Korie Lucious and E.J. Singler.
Lucious had his fair share of clutch moments, specifically as a member of the Michigan State Spartans. Since transferring to Iowa State, however, the 5'11" point guard has developed a more consistent shooting stroke and skills as a facilitator.
It's unclear how likely it is that he joins a Pistons roster with Brandon Knight and Peyton Siva running point.
Singler is a 6'6" forward who played an intricate role in the Oregon Ducks' improbable run to the Pac-12 championship. He's not particularly skilled in any one area, but he's one of the many do-it-all forwards.
He may not be signed by the Pistons, but Singler has a chance to latch to another team that sees him play.
The Golden State Warriors must improve defensively and could stand to create interior depth. But regardless of whom they acquire, they live and die by the three-ball. The presence of players such as Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson helps, but to survive in that manner Golden State needs depth.
It just so happens that they added (per Syracuse.com) one of the draft's top shooters and a two-way force without even having to draft him.
Former Syracuse star James Southerland—who will get a chance with the Philadelphia 76ers, too—may have the best chance of any undrafted free agent to make an NBA roster. Not only does he have the size to play the 3 at 6'8", but he's a strong player that has displayed signs of intriguing athleticism.
Most importantly, he converted 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and made at least three three-point field goals in 18 of the 34 games he appeared in. He'll get a shot with the Philadelphia 76ers, too.
Golden State's other signing was Ohio star D.J. Cooper, who has grown into a Mid-American Conference legend. Cooper finished the season with averages of 14.1 points, 7.1 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 2.0 steals and shot 36.4 percent from distance.
The undersized guard has an uphill battle to make an NBA roster, but this signing is one that's impossible to criticize, as the upside is worth exploring in the Summer League.
The Houston Rockets wasted no time in making future-oriented deals, signing Tennessee State star Robert Covington to a partially guaranteed contract. Houston also signed B.J. Young to its Summer League team and will have Marquette star Vander Blue for the Orlando Summer League.
Houston truly couldn't have done any better.
Young was once viewed as the best point guard in the 2013 NBA draft, earning praise as a potential top-10 pick. As the season progressed and his true position came into question, however, Young dropped into the second round and surprisingly went undrafted.
As for Blue, he was the star of a Marquette team that made it to the Elite Eight behind his clutch shooting and opportunistic defense.
Blue—who also will get a shot with the Memphis Grizzlies—and Young have legitimate NBA upside, but it's Covington that appears to have caught Houston's eye the most. As a 6'9" forward that rebounds well and shoots the ball with deep three-point range, it's not hard to see why.
Houston has long been in the market for a stretch forward, and Covington is coming off a season in which he averaged 17 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.7 block on 38.8 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
Once you get over the Indiana Pacers' short-sleeved Summer League jerseys, you may see some quality talent.
While no one jumps out as a certainty to make an NBA roster, there are two respected players with a strong chance: former Kansas Jayhawks perimeter player Travis Releford and Indiana Hoosiers hero Christian Watford.
Releford is a particularly interesting prospect, as he fits the bill of what the Pacers look for in a perimeter player. At 6'6" and 210 pounds with a 6'9" wingspan, he has the NBA-ready build to mesh with superb defensive fundamentals.
There wasn't enough upside for him to be drafted, but Releford is a player who could be a lock-down defender with a gorgeous three-point shot—41.5 percent in 2012-13—at the next level.
Watford doesn't have that combination, but he's a local product who knows how to play unselfish basketball. He shoots the ball well and has a respected motor, which could at least turn some heads with Indiana's depth relatively thin at power forward.
Watford could make the roster, while Releford has everything the Pacers look for in a perimeter player.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Los Angeles Clippers have signed former BYU power forward Brandon Davies to a partially guaranteed one-year deal. Not only will Davies join their Summer League squad, but he's now a member of the main roster.
Joined by Elijah Johnson, who has been signed only to their Summer League team, the Clippers have formed a two-man duo worth watching.
Davies is 6'10" and 242 pounds with a 7'2" wingspan, intriguing athleticism and a developing mid-range game. The power forward rebounds well, plays a respectable brand of defense and possesses the on-court maturity to be a rotational player at the next level.
For a Clippers team with a thin interior, this low-risk signing certainly offers reason for intrigue.
Johnson saw his draft stock suffer from Kansas playing him at point guard during the 2012-13 season. While he may stand at 6'3" with a 6'5" wingspan, Johnson is a supremely athletic player who dominates the open court and displays defensive potential.
With the Clippers trading Eric Bledsoe (per USA Today), Johnson will be a player to watch come the Summer League.
The Los Angeles Lakers truly don't have much going for them, as they're thin on depth and need help across their perimeter. While they might not have landed the athletes they needed via the draft, LA has been active in finding undrafted free agents to try out in the Summer League.
Boynton has an NBA body at 6'2" and 190 pounds and displayed an elite stroke as a junior at Florida, shooting 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. During the 2012-13 season, however, that number dropped to 32.1 percent as Boynton Jr. clearly felt the loss of Bradley Beal.
If he can get that shot going at the Summer League, he could be a player the Lakers stash in the D-League as they bolster their weakest position.
Snaer is a pure scorer who made a reputation as the nation's most clutch performer. Standing at 6'5" and 201 pounds with a 6'8" wingspan and quality athleticism, he has the build and ability to go with a high-quality motor and significantly improved shooting stroke.
Snaer—who will also get a chance with the Oklahoma City Thunder—might be a D-League player in 2012-13, but the NBA upside is legitimate.
The Memphis Grizzlies have loaded up on well-rounded college stars for their Summer League campaign. While no deals are set for the regular season, Memphis is displaying an initiative in bringing in do-it-all players.
Those players include Marquette's Vander Blue, Missouri's Laurence Bowers and Notre Dame's Jack Cooley.
Blue—who will also play for the Houston Rockets—may offer the most intrigue, as he was projected to be a late first-round pick if his progression continued into 2014. Not only was he one of the nation's best clutch scorers, but he plays prototypical Marquette basketball: with a high motor and two-way intensity.
Keep in mind, former Marquette star Wesley Matthews was also an undrafted free agent.
Bowers didn't get enough respect during the 2012-13 season, as his versatility was wildly underrated. He finished the season with averages of 14.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.2 blocks, shooting 54.6 percent from the field and 38.9 from beyond the arc.
He projects to be similar to Grizzlies forward Quincy Pondexter.
If not Blue, then the player with the best NBA opportunity is Cooley. The 6'10" and 249-pound center isn't the most skilled player, but he's an elite rebounding force who plays physical basketball and converts well around the basket.
For a Grizzlies team that traded Marreese Speights and needs a backup center, Cooley could be a player that makes his way onto the back end of their rotation.
Can someone explain to me how the defending NBA champions landed multiple players who should have been drafted? From former first-round point guards to explosive athletes and interior forces, they did it all.
Point guards Myck Kabongo of Texas and Anthony Marshall of UNLV will be joined by Memphis swingman D.J. Stephens and big men DeWayne Dedmon and Illinois State's Jackie Carmichael—yes, I know, it's ridiculous.
Kabongo was once battling B.J. Young for the label of the best point guard in the draft, but slipped due to his suspension at Texas. With that being said, no one will question that upside, and Kabongo remains one of the best pure point guards in this draft class.
Marshall, meanwhile, is a 6'3" lead guard who can shoot the basketball and runs the pick-and-roll with proficiency.
Dedmon—who will also get a chance with the Dallas Mavericks—and Stephens were borderline players in this year's draft, as they have the upside to be a first-round pick and the established skill set to go undrafted. The latter transpired, but the Heat still found a coup here, as they are two of the most explosive athletes we'll see all year.
As for Carmichael, it's just not fair.
Had he attended a major university, the power forward had the all-around skill set to be a lottery pick. While his mid-range game needs development, his arms go straight up on every defensive set, and he's one of the most mature interior defender in this draft.
He doesn't foul and rarely leaves his feet. When he does, he's dominating the boards and blocking shots for averages of 17.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game.
Unless you're a die-hard college basketball fan, you may be wondering who the Milwaukee Bucks signed onto their Summer League roster. Even still, there is reason to be interested in their course of action.
After all, some of the best hair in college basketball will be making its way into the Summer League.
Mike Bruesewitz is a 6'6" and 223-pound forward who plays well beyond the stat sheet. Outside of being a high-quality rebounder for his position, he does nothing to jump off the page, but has an excellent motor and plays quality defense.
If nothing else, he's a local product who played well enough at Wisconsin to warrant some form of attention.
The reason for true intrigue here, however, is former Washington guard Scott Suggs. Suggs, a 6'6" guard, is one of the best shooters in the nation and came alive during Washington's closing outings, averaging 18 points in his final six games leading up to the NIT.
While he may not be the name you expected to hear, the Bucks have hardly anything on their roster and Suggs can shoot. Somehow, that alone gives him an outside chance.
According to Sam Amick of USA Today, the Minnesota Timberwolves have filled their void at shooting guard with marksman Kevin Martin. With that being said, there are some who are expressing excitement over a signing to their Summer League team.
As for why, it's a matter of two words—Brandon Paul.
Paul is one of the Internet's favorite prospects, standing at 6'4" and 201 pounds with a massive 6'11" wingspan. He's an explosive athlete, a lethal slasher and one of the most prolific clutch scorers in the nation.
Minnesota will give him a shot at NBA legitimacy.
Some were surprised that he went undrafted, as his physical gifts suggest that he should be a late first-round draft choice in the way Archie Goodwin ended up being one. As a wildly inconsistent player in college, however, it's understandable that he slipped.
Just don't be surprised to see Paul's name on the back of an NBA roster in the near future.
The New Orleans Pelicans haven't hesitated to bring on undrafted free agents, signing Will Cherry, Tamir Jackson and Elston Turner Jr. to their Summer League squad. Each offer a reason for intrigue, and all three possess translatable abilities.
While it's unclear if they'll make it to New Orleans' recently improved roster, they'll certainly be fun to watch.
Cherry is a two-way guard who posted averages of 13.3 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.9 steals with the Montana Grizzlies. While his size and shooting ability are question marks, he's an electrifying player with the ball in his hands.
Playing behind Austin Rivers and Brian Roberts could limit his touches, but Cherry should get the opportunity to show what he can do.
Jackson is one of the best rebounding guards in the nation, averaging 17.7 points, 6.0 boards, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals as a 6'3" scorer. That trait could make him an intriguing player who ends up carving out a strong role in the D-League.
Just like Cherry, however, there are questions about his shooting ability.
Turner is the most intriguing player here, as he has a father who played in the NBA and the body to do the same at 6'5" and 209 pounds. With a very good shooting stroke and the ability to put the ball on the court, he's a strong enough scorer to have NBA potential.
With that being said, it's unclear how anyone will be able to carve out a role in a relatively deep Pelicans perimeter.
When North Carolina State forward C.J. Leslie shockingly went undrafted, the New York Knicks wasted no time signing him. According to Marc Berman of the New York Post, the Knicks had listed Leslie as a late first-round draft choice.
Now, the Knicks will explore his limitless upside without expending a single draft choice.
For a Knicks team with just two players on their roster younger than 27, adding athletic youth is a critical step in the right direction. Not only can Leslie help bolster their perimeter as an elite athlete, but his positional versatility opens up the Knicks' rotation.
The question is: Can Leslie improve his jump shooting enough to carve out an NBA career? Chances are, the Knicks will give him that opportunity at the next level.
When you're 6'9" with a 7'2" wingspan and boast elite athleticism, you're bound to garner a significant level of interest—it just so happens that Leslie is in the perfect position to reach the NBA.
The Oklahoma City Thunder suffered a devastating loss when Kevin Martin agreed to sign (per ESPN.com) with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Not only are they a team thin on shooters, but they traded James Harden in October to acquire Martin, Jeremy Lamb and the pick that turned into Steven Adams.
In turn, the undrafted free agents that OKC signed for the Summer League will be met by limited opportunities to shine.
Michael Snaer—who will get a chance with the Lakers, too—has a legitimate shot at any NBA roster, as he's athletic and skilled enough to play at the next level. He has an NBA-ready body and displays the ability to create his own shot and stroke it from beyond the arc.
It makes sense for the Thunder to bring him on with a glaring void at the 2, but with Lamb needing to prove himself, opportunities to shine will likely be limited.
Their other notable signing is former Butler Bulldogs center Andrew Smith. Standing at 6'11" and 243 pounds with a strong mid-range jumper, there is reason to believe that he has upside.
With that being said, the 22-year-old is an underwhelming rebounder and is unlikely to join a Thunder squad that already has Perkins and Adams at the position.
The Orlando Magic drafted a potential star in Victor Oladipo, but that doesn't mean their job is done. They still have a void at point guard, they must improve their perimeter depth and they could stand to bolster their interior as they look to go from bottom feeder to postseason contender.
Thus far, the Magic have done what's necessary when it comes to shaping their D-League roster.
When a team is as young and inexperienced as the Magic, the signings for the Summer League truly are worth watching. While nothing is guaranteed, a standout performer could make Orlando's roster due to the thin nature of its bench.
That's exactly why Kansas State star Rodney McGruder and Saint Mary's playmaker Matthew Dellavedova offer such intrigue.
Dellavedova—who will also get a shot with the Cleveland Cavaliers—has NBA player written all over him, possessing elite size for the point guard position at 6'4", a lethal three-point stroke and top tier pick-and-roll ability. By the time the Summer League has passed, it won't be surprising if he's labeled as one of the stars.
With McGruder coming off a season in which he averaged 15.6 points on a shooting stroke that's better than the percentages suggest, Orlando will be monitoring him closely as they lack reliable shooters on the main roster.
Throw in former Wisconsin do-it-all big man Jared Berggren and you have yourself an excellent series of signings.
The Philadelphia 76ers signed two of the undrafted free agents with the most plausible NBA potential. With local product Khalif Wyatt of Temple and Syracuse sharpshooter James Southerland, they found two players who could be D-League stars and NBA rotational players.
That may be the best combination of signings we'll see.
Wyatt—who will also get a shot with the Dallas Mavericks—has as much upside as any player in this entire draft class, playing the angles, drawing contact and thriving against elite competition. Had he attended a more high-profile school, he likely would have been a first-round draft choice.
Just ask Victor Oladipo how hard it is to guard Wyatt after he dropped 31 points on him—he also topped 25 against the likes of Kansas, North Carolina State, Syracuse and VCU.
While Southerland—who also will play for the Golden State Warriors this summer—may not be as proficient at creating his own shot, he's one of the most dynamic shooters in the draft. The 6'8" small forward converted 39.8 percent from beyond the arc and made at least three from distance in 18 separate games.
For a Sixers team that truly doesn't have an answer at shooting guard or small forward, these are two significant signings.
The rich keep getting richer, as Marcus R. Fuller of the Pioneer Press reports that the Sixers have signed Minnesota stars Trevor Mbakwe and Rodney Williams. Mbakwe is, arguably, the top undrafted free agent available, while Williams is an incredible athlete.
Philly couldn't have done any better than this.
The Phoenix Suns made a major splash, trading for point guard Eric Bledsoe in a three-team deal. That being said, all Phoenix has in place at this point is Bledsoe and recently drafted center Alex Len.
At this point, anyone signed onto their Summer League squad is worth evaluating with a close eye.
The two most notable acquisitions are former Iowa State guard Chris Babb and Davidson star Jake Cohen. Both offer a strong combination of defensive prowess and shooting ability, thus making it clear which direction the Suns are heading in.
In Babb's case, the Suns may be the best possible fit.
At 6'5" and 225 pounds, Babb uses his powerful frame to outmuscle opponents and lock down perimeter shooters. As an above-38 percent three-point shooter, the former Cyclone has the two-way capabilities necessary to be a D-League fixture and potential NBA reserve.
As for Cohen, he's a quintessential stretch 4, shooting the three-ball at a high rate and standing at 6'10" with intriguing defensive upside.
The Portland Trail Blazers have not yet signed an undrafted free agent from the class of 2013.
The Sacramento Kings have a potentially elite low-high attack with shooting guard Ben McLemore and center DeMarcus Cousins. From there, it's unclear what, if anything, the Kings have to hang their hats on.
That makes these Summer League signings all the more important.
When a team is in as much turmoil as the Kings, every player is eligible to join their roster at some point. Oddly, Sacramento hasn't added the quality talent that we'd expect them to.
Even still, there are intriguing options.
Shooting guard Will Clyburn, who is 6'7", is one of the best rebounders at his position, pulling down 6.8 boards per game during the 2012-13 season. He's also a substantially improved defender and is a significantly better shooter than his 2012-13 numbers suggest.
All in all, there isn't much Clyburn does poorly.
A Summer League acquisition to watch is Chris Evans out of Kent State. The 6'8" and 220-pound forward rebounds well, but it's his defensive upside with his combination of length, strength and ball hawking that offers the true intrigue.
Neither player is expected to make a main roster, but each has the length and versatility to intrigue someone.
The San Antonio Spurs made waves when they re-signed Tiago Splitter (per CBSSports.com) to a rather monstrous deal. They may not be receiving attention for it, but the Spurs have made another move that could have a significant impact on their future.
San Antonio signed undrafted free agent Durand Scott to its Summer League squad.
Scott is a 6'3" shooting guard, but he possesses an absolutely unreal 6'9" wingspan. With a consistent three-point stroke and strong handle, Scott could be a player who fits well into San Antonio's two-way guard system.
With that being said, Scott will make his money on one specific end of the floor—defense.
Scott is a dominant defender, locking down players at both guard positions. Not only does he force turnovers, but he dominates three-point shooters and does an excellent job providing help defense against the pick-and-roll.
It may take time for him to make it to the NBA, but if the Spurs trust Scott to work his way through the D-League they will reap the benefits.
The Toronto Raptors may not have made much of an impact in the NBA draft, but that doesn't mean there aren't voids to fill. Toronto's interior remains unproven, which has some wondering how the Raptors are going to improve in said regard.
Former Creighton Bluejays center Gregory Echenique could be the surprise of the summer and work his way onto the Raptors' main roster to provide aid.
Echenique wasn't a traditional Creighton player, as he's significantly more physical. At 6'9" and 260 pounds, however, the big man used his body to perfection on both ends of the floor.
For a Raptors team in the market for a backup center, Echenique could be a long-term answer off the bench.
Echenique posted averages of 9.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in 22.9 minutes as a senior. Furthermore, the big man shot 65.7 percent from the field and took care of the ball better than in any previous season.
Anyone who has watched this young man play shares this belief—Echenique is bound to be a high-quality reserve at the next level.
Rather than target some of the more high-profile undrafted free agents, the Utah Jazz opted to stay international. After acquiring French power forward Rudy Gobert in the draft, Utah went with one of his fellow countrymen for its Summer League squad: French forward and former Oklahoma star Amath M'Baye.
M'Baye has intriguing physical gifts at 6'9" with explosive athleticism and a 6'10" wingspan. Playing alongside the perimeter, M'Baye is an aggressive defender who rebounds well and has improved his three-point stroke.
While his jumper may remain a work in progress, the Jazz took a gamble and did it with a player who has upside.
The Washington Wizards have yet to sign an undrafted free agent from the class of 2013.