Fans saw a glimpse of some promising young prospects during the Orlando Summer League, but with more teams in action in Las Vegas, a healthier portion of the NBA's future is on display.
Some of the early standouts have been rookies, but others have been players heading into their second seasons. In either case, here are four players who look primed to have solid 2014-15 seasons for their respective teams.
News flash: The No. 1 overall pick is pretty good. How good? The Cleveland Cavaliers had better think long and hard about dangling him in any deal no matter who the team might get in return.
Cleveland radio personality Dustin Fox concurs:
I'm officially drawing a line in the sand now. DO NOT TRADE ANDREW WIGGINS. Period. #Cavs— Dustin Fox (@DustinFox37) July 13, 2014
In an epic head-to-head Summer League showdown with Milwaukee Bucks rookie Jabari Parker, Wiggins was as good as advertised. He confidently nailed step-back jump shots and showed off his freakish athleticism.
Wiggins finished with 18 points in 31 minutes of action, and the Cavs won 70-68.
If he gets a chance to play alongside new (old?) Cavaliers star LeBron James, the Cavs could have the most athletically dominant wings in the NBA.
While he wasn't as spectacular as Wiggins, Parker still held his own and showed why the Bucks tabbed him with the No. 2 overall pick.
With his smooth and polished offensive game on display, Parker scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds. Because Parker is landing with a woeful Milwaukee Bucks team, he has the edge in the early Rookie of the Year predictions.
Sporting a new haircut and more aggression, Snell looks like he could be a surprise for the Chicago Bulls next season—that is, if the Bulls don't include him in some sort of cap-clearing deal.
The cornrow-less Snell scored 27 points and led the Bulls to an 86-70 win over the L.A. Clippers.
The Bulls need depth and shooting from the wing position. If Snell can continue to play with the level of confidence he showed Saturday, he could play a big role.
Anyone else think the Denver Nuggets got the steal of the draft? In a trade with Chicago that landed them Harris and center Jusuf Nurkic, the Nuggets reaped some benefits from their new 2-guard on Saturday.
Harris scored 33 points in Denver's 110-82 win over the Toronto Raptors.
There was no hesitation or nervousness visible from Harris. He could be a sleeper challenger for Parker in the race for Rookie of the Year.
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