With the NBA Summer League now under way, I have been watching many of the games and studying the players based on where they were drafted, or if they came from overseas last year. I have concluded some information, and I am giving a list and analysis of players who have been surprising this Summer League thus far. I know it is early, but it's never too early to speculate.
Hasbrouck is a 6'3 guard out of Siena University. He was an undrafted player who was signed to play for the Miami Heat in this year's summer league. He was only played in one game thus far, but it was an impressive first game. He played 32 minutes and scored 24 points while grabbing three rebounds. Hasbrouck could be an addition to a Heat team that needs players for a cheap value.
This may not become much of a surprise to many because he was a very productive rookie last year for the Knicks, but Douglas has been impressive scoring 27 points, grabbing six rebounds, and dishing out five assists in his first game at the summer league.
Williams is a 6'6" guard/forward who played in the D-League for most of last year. He was then signed in March by the Warriors for the remainder of the year. Williams has started all three games in the summer league, averaging 24 points five rebounds and three assists.
This is what happens when you pass up a stud in the draft. This is the first of two second-round gems the Lakers have picked up. Ebanks was drafted 43rd overall by the Lakers, and has produced well, averaging 23 points, two rebounds, two assists, and three steals a game.
The second of the Lakers two second-round gems, Caracter was taken 58th overall. He has had a chip on his shoulder his whole career, and continues to still have that same chip. Caracter may be the most surprising to the average fan because he was taken third to last in the draft. However, the stats do not lie: 19 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists are pretty good for the third to last pick in a draft.
Lawal was taken 46th overall in this year's draft, and has done himself very well this summer league through two games, averaging 16 points, six rebounds, and three blocks over those two games.
I am a bit biased towards this pick because Scottie is my favorite player coming into this year's draft. He has only played one game due to a strained achilles, but added a much needed spark for the Suns, giving them 16 points.
Drafted 25th in this year's draft. He can, flat out, score with the best of them, and is able to create his own shot, averaging 15 points, four rebounds, and two assists through two games.
Landry Fields? Mhmm, the player that the Knicks took with the 39th pick? Yeah, that is him. He is a player that no one even imagined would get drafted, but he held his own averaging 13 points, five rebounds, and two steals a game.
The other great draft choice by the Knicks in this year's draft. I know he is a Canadian homeboy of mine, but still, the Knicks could have gotten him as an undrafted free agent. Averaging 11 points is still not bad.
Drafted 24th overall, James was a player that surprised many in the summer league, except myself, because I had him going 17th to the Bulls anyways, so I knew he was going to be a good player. Nonetheless, he is a surprise to the average fan. James has averaged 19 points and 6 rebounds in his four games during summer league, including 30 over a win against Orlando.
Probably the biggest surprise of players so far, is none other than Luke Harangody. Harangody and his funk looking shot were not supposed to do this good in the next level, but he did knock down some shots with that funky release of his, averaging 17 points, seven rebounds, and two assists through five games of work.
Who? The 27-year-old is not a household name, playing over in Spain the past few years, but Carroll looked like he could play when he played for the Celtics in the summer league. In his time with the Celtics, he's averaged 15 points, four rebounds, and three assists.
Stephenson was drafted with the 40th pick and was a first round talent, that if stayed another year, could have been a lottery pick. Anyways, the Pacers get a steal with Lance. He averaged 15 points, including scoring 21 in his debut.
Collins went undrafted out of Kansas University, but is an itty gritty point guard that will do whatever it takes to win. He averaged 13 points and three assists in his four summer league games so far.
Many did not think he would live up to expectations that he was acclaimed to be for being the 10th overall pick, but 15 points and eight rebounds in five games is not that bad.
Another Indiana Pacer player that has surprised many, making Larry Bird look like a great GM. Rolle is not on here just because of his name, but because he can actually play. Averaging 14 points and seven rebounds is not bad through five games.
Crawford has averaged 18 points through four summer league games for the Orlando Magic, and he erupted for 29 points in 28 minutes against the New Jersey Nets on July 7.
Another one of my personal favorite players in this year's draft. Taken 18th overall, Bledsoe had a very solid debut in Vegas, scoring 17 points, dishing out four assists, and grabbing six rebounds.
Watching this 7'4" player out of Senegal was amazing. He is still very, very raw, but you can not teach height. Seck has been getting blocks, altering shots, grabbing offensive boards, and scoring a few points around the rim. He reminds me exactly of Manute Bol. A team who needs a backup center could go after him, or teams from overseas will surely be going after him.
This point guard from Harvard is a one of a kind. He is an itty gritty player point guard that goes after everything and plays hard nosed defense. He plays smart on offense and is a good decision maker. If he does not make an NBA team, he for sure will be on a team overseas contributing a good amount.
Cousins is just straight up a BEAST. He grabbed 20 and 10 a game during the Summer League. Though he looked as if he was slow on his feet, his turn around jumpers, and ability to hit them. Not only surprised me, but his fellow teammates and coaches!
Sanders did not look very impressive in his first game. But as the games picked up, Sanders looked like a steal for the Bucks at No. 15. He is said not to have am offensive game, well he proved many wrong but stepping back and hitting two important three pointers.
This kid has heart. Pure heart. Which could get him a spot on a team. Not only does he have heart, but he can play as well. Being only 5'11 (if that), it is very tough for him. But thanks to his speed and the intangibles he possesses he was able to score the basketball and find his teammates.
Players To Look Out For:
Al-Farouq Aminu, Willie Warren, Jordan Crawford, Patrick Beverley, Trevor Booker, Craig Brackins, Blake Griffin, Christian Eynega, Lazar Hayward, Dexter Pittman, Jarvis Varnado, Jerome Jordan, Nemanja Bjelica, Hassan Whiteside, Greivis Vasquez, James Anderson, Tibor Pleiss, Patrick Ewing Jr, Tyrese Rice.