The NBA's Las Vegas Summer League has already put an increased spotlight on several high-profile rookies. This has come either by quality play or poor play.
Obviously, it is a tad reckless to jump to long-ranging conclusions based off a couple of games in the summer league. However, it is fair to allow the early performances to guide us toward certain questions.
Here are three I've been led to:
Is Reggie Bullock the Clippers' Missing Piece?
Selected No. 25 in the recent NBA draft, Reggie Bullock doesn't enter the league with a wealth of pressure. It helps that he will also be joining a talented Los Angeles Clippers team. Anything Bullock will be able to contribute next year will be a plus.
If early indications hold any merit, Bullock will play a huge role on the Clippers next season.
The Clippers need a 3-and-D wing player to help come off the bench and stretch the floor. This is precisely why Bullock was drafted, and he's already shown he can knock it down from beyond the NBA arc:
Bullock has scored 18 points in each of his first two games, but it hasn't been from just long-distance shooting. Bullock was 3-of-10 from beyond the arc last game. However, he was aggressive and getting to the line. He made all seven of his free throws in his second game.
In short, Bullock looks like he is ready to be a complete player—and a key player on the Clippers' bench next season.
Did the Bobcats Finally Get Something Right?
Plenty of eyebrows raised when the Charlotte Bobcats made Cody Zeller the No. 4 overall selection. This was higher than many had him mocked, and everyone was ready to bash the Bobcats for yet another terrible decision.
We may all want to put those criticisms on the shelf for the time being. After a pedestrian first game, Zeller was outstanding in his second. Going against the Dallas Mavericks, the rookie hit for 21 points and 13 rebounds. He was a solid 6-of-12 from the field and a perfect 9-of-9 from the free-throw line.
That included physical down-low plays like this one:
There was never any doubting Zeller's athleticism. The concerns were over his ability to hang down low. Obviously, doing work in the paint in the summer league is different than in an NBA game, but the results are promising.
Should Wizards Be Worried About Otto Porter?
Taken one spot ahead of Zeller in the NBA draft, no one was surprised to see the Washington Wizards take Georgetown's Otto Porter. He went to a nearby college, and he is an excellent fit for the young Wizards' roster.
However, the way he's started, Porter looks like he is set to be an offensive liability.
Porter went for seven points in his first game and eight points in his second. In the two games, he's combined to go 7-of-26 from the floor. Porter's jump shot has been terrible, and he hasn't been able to penetrate.
The second part is especially concerning. One of the concerns with Porter is his lack of strength. He's spent the majority of his time in the summer league at shooting guard, and yet, the 6'8" Porter is still getting out muscled.
It is certainly worth noting that Porter did not enjoy his lofty draft status because he projected to be an offensive powerhouse. He has a fabulous all-around game. However, if he doesn't become a little more efficient with his scoring, it is going to be hard for him to earn minutes in the NBA.