Las Vegas Summer League 2015: Ranking the Top 50 Players

Adam Fromal@fromal09National NBA Featured ColumnistJuly 8, 2015

Las Vegas Summer League 2015: Ranking the Top 50 Players

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    Basketball is back!

    Well, kind of. The NBA's stars don't have to suit up during the Las Vegas Summer League action and will only appear on your televisions if they choose to show up and support their new—and potentially new—teammates. But basketball games are still happening, and they're filled with passion as many of the league's fringe players fight for their chances to earn invites to training camp. 

    Of course, some Las Vegas participants are virtually guaranteed to make noise in the Association during the 2015-16 season, and those are the ones we're interested in here.

    After all, we're looking at the top 50 players set to take Sin City by storm. 

    Working together to come up with the order, Bleacher Report NBA draft guru Jonathan Wasserman and I looked at the participants' current level, expected performance in Vegas and upside in an effort to count down toward the best player in the biggest summer league setting. 

    Keep your eyes on everyone, because you never know who is going to break out and earn that last roster spot. But even so, these are the 50 who should make the most noise. 

    Note: Jonathan Wasserman provided the text for all players ranked No. 50 through No. 27. 

50. Richaun Holmes, Philadelphia 76ers

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    Last Team: Bowling Green

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 14.7 points, 8.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.7 steals, 2.7 blocks, 30.4 PER

    Richaun Holmes made a significant jump up boards during the predraft process, earning him a spot in the second round's top 10. 

    Physically, he looks the part of an NBA big. He's active around the basket, both defensively and on the glass. 

    Plus, he's become a tough face-up cover in the mid-range. 

    Holmes even added the three-ball to his repertoire. If he starts knocking them down with some consistency, it could improve his chances of making the team and sticking. 

49. Pat Connaughton, Portland Trail Blazers

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    Last Team: Notre Dame

    Age: 22

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 12.5 points, 7.4 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.9 blocks, 19.4 PER

    There isn't any mystery surrounding Pat Connaughton's projected role and strengths. The Portland Trail Blazers acquired him on draft night for his shooting stroke and athleticism. 

    He shot 42.3 percent from downtown as a senior and got up for a wild 44" max vertical at the combine. 

    He happens to be a high-IQ guard, which only enhances his appeal as a role player. But between Connaughton's jumper, physical tools and bounce, he already has enough going for him. 

    Look for him to have the green light in summer league, where he's bound to eventually catch fire from deep.

48. Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs

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    Last Team: San Antonio Spurs

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 2.2 points, 2.2 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks, 8.2 PER

    Having landed with a veteran Western Conference contender, Kyle Anderson split time last year between San Antonio's bench and its NBA Development League affiliate, where he averaged 21.4 points and 4.8 assists for the Austin Spurs.

    He remains one of the more unique offensive players in the game, given his ball-handling and passing ability at 6'9". He can see and make plays over the defense, both as a setup man and pull-up shooter.

    The key to Anderson's success might come down to his jump-shot accuracy, given his lack of blow-by speed and explosiveness around the basket. He missed eight of the 11 threes he took in 33 games with the NBA's Spurs. 

    After he shot just 40.5 percent from the floor during last year's summer league, expectations should be greater this time around.

47. Lucas Nogueira, Toronto Raptors

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    Last Team: Toronto Raptors

    Age: 22

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 1.0 points, 1.8 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.0 blocks, 5.2 PER

    Lucas Nogueira will have something to prove in Las Vegas, especially with the Toronto Raptors having added Bismack Biyombo to back up Jonas Valanciunas. 

    Minutes could be tough to come by for Nogueira, who's only appeared in six NBA games since being drafted in 2013. 

    Unfortunately, a groin injury limited him in 2014-15, but at full strength, he projects as a rim-protector, rebounder and finisher.

    He won't get many opportunities early to sell himself in Toronto, which makes this an important summer league for Nogueira to build his image.

46. Nick Johnson, Houston Rockets

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    Last Team: Houston Rockets

    Age: 22

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 2.6 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 4.8 PER

    Nick Johnson appeared in 28 games with the Rockets, but he did most of his damage in the D-League, where he averaged 18.2 points and 5.1 assists.

    He's a spectacular athlete and leaper who can handle the ball, drive, pass and knock down jumpers. 

    At 6'3", Johnson lacks traditional 2-guard size and point guard instincts, but he's a pesky defender who can make plays opportunistically at the offensive end.

    Becoming a consistent shooter will ultimately be the next step in Johnson's development. He only shot 28.3 percent from three with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. 

    Still, without much backcourt depth in Houston, Johnson could have a real shot to crack the Rockets rotation as a sophomore. 

45. Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat

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    Last Team: Miami Heat

    Age: 23

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: PG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 5.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.1 blocks, 9.3 PER

    Shabazz Napier's rookie year was a little shaky. He appeared in 51 games, shot 38.2 percent and put up an uninspiring ratio of 2.5 assists to 1.6 turnovers. 

    But he also flashed glimpses of legitimate playmaking and shot-making.

    Decision-making remains a weaknesses, something he'll have to improve to become a regular in a rotation with Goran Dragic, Mario Chalmers and Dwyane Wade

    Still, Napier has the ability to make things happen off the dribble, both as a distributor and shooter. Look for him to tighten up his efficiency this summer in Vegas.

44. Montrezl Harrell, Houston Rockets

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    Last Team: Louisville

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 15.7 points, 9.2 rebounds,  1.4 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.2 blocks, 24.8 PER

    Once projected as a potential lottery pick, Montrezl Harrell slipped all the way to Round 2 in 2015. He just didn't show enough progression through three years at Louisville. 

    Chances are he won't give the Rockets much post offense or shooting. Instead, his value lies within his ability to make plays without having his number called. 

    He's a powerful, explosive athlete who finishes everything around the rim. And his motor, strength and length also translate to offensive rebounds and two-way interior activity. 

    In terms of energy, Harrell actually offers something Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas don't. If Harrell can convert it into Vegas production, it should improve his chances of playing with Houston's NBA squad in November. 

43. Jerami Grant, Philadelphia 76ers

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    Last Team: Philadelphia 76ers

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SG/SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 6.3 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.6 steals, 1.0 blocks, 8.7 PER

    After slipping into the 2014 second round, Jerami Grant would go on to have some encouraging moments as a rookie. 

    His efficiency actually fell off over the final two months, particularly as a shooter, but Grant flashed two-way versatility and high-end NBA athleticism. He made 49 threes in 65 games and blocked 1.8 shots per 36 minutes.

    Grant only shot 35.2 percent from the floor, a reflection of his limited ball skills and inability to create. But he's a dangerous weapon in the open floor and a playmaker on defense.

    His value would jump big-time if he ever evolves into a reliable or consistent three-point threat. Keep an eye on Grant's jumper this summer in Vegas.

42. Langston Galloway, New York Knicks

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    Last Team: New York Knicks

    Age: 23

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: PG/SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.3 blocks, 12.3 PER

    After going undrafted in 2014, Langston Galloway turned heads in the D-League and then capitalized on his call-up with the New York Knicks. 

    He doesn't quite have a true position, but he proved himself as an NBA-caliber guard. At 6'2", he blends strength, toughness and athleticism with a handle and three-point range. 

    Galloway's confidence should be high entering summer league, where he'll have an edge against mostly D-League talent that is unqualified for the big leagues. 

    The Knicks just signed Arron Afflalo, but the overall depth in New York's backcourt is shallow. Expect Galloway to return and give the team value on his partially guaranteed deal. 

41. Robert Upshaw, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Last Team: Washington

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 10.9 points, 8.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.4 steals, 4.5 blocks, 29.4 PER

    Few prospects in summer league have more to play for than Robert Upshaw, who, despite flashing obvious first-round talent in college, went undrafted because of his track record off the floor. 

    Washington kicked him off the team in January, just over a year after Fresno State booted him from the program in 2013. 

    However, Upshaw was leading the country in shot-blocking this past season before being dismissed. And at 7'0" with a 7'5 ½" wingspan and unteachable defensive timing, he has the tools and potential to offer valuable rim protection.

    If he can make a significant impact in Vegas, it might allow the Lakers to overlook some of the issues concerning his character.

40. Jordan Mickey, Boston Celtics

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    Last Team: LSU

    Age: 20

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 15.4 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.9 steals, 3.6 blocks, 21.7 PER

    Jordan Mickey could be one of the better second-round value picks in the 2014-15 draft. He led the country in shot-blocking at LSU, where he also averaged 15.4 points and 9.9 rebounds as a sophomore. 

    Having finished dead last in the league in shot-blocking in 2014-15, the Celtics could use the rim protection Mickey offers.

    He blends athleticism with a great nose for the ball and terrific instincts around the rim, which translates to swats, finishes and boards.

    Proving he can knock down mid-range jumpers this summer could go a long way toward Mickey's chances of cracking Boston's rotation early.

39. Kevon Looney, Golden State Warriors

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    Last Team: UCLA

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SF/PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 11.6 points, 9.2 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks, 21.9 PER

    Kevon Looney slipped in the draft, presumably because of the questions concerning his NBA position. He lacks the bulk and post game to play in the paint, as well as the athleticism and off-the-dribble skills of a traditional wing. 

    On the bright side, at 6'9", he's a face-up forward who can knock down jumpers, handle the ball and crash the offensive glass. 

    Looney could be a tweener or a mismatch. 

    Regardless, he won't have much to offer Golden State this season. He's a project who must add strength and shooting touch. Summer league is just Phase 1 of what should be a lengthy—yet potentially exciting—developmental process. 

38. Tyus Jones, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Last Team: Duke

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 11.8 points, 3.5 rebounds, 5.6 assists, 1.5 steals, 0.1 blocks, 20.4 PER

    Tyus Jones will be auditioning for backup minutes with the Timberwolves in Vegas, where he'll showcase his vision and playmaking in the half court and transition. 

    Though a lack of strength and athleticism may limit him as a scorer, Jones is an excellent ball-handler, passer and facilitator. And he can knock down pull-up jumpers and floaters.

    His leadership and maturity—qualities Minnesota should value—also shined during Duke's national championship run.

    The Wolves' second unit needs a good decision-maker and setup man at the pointtwo things that don't come naturally to Zach LaVine. Defense and finishing at the rim will be challenges, but if Jones can hold his own physically, Minnesota may call on him early for offense off the bench. 

37. Mike Muscala, Atlanta Hawks

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    Last Team: Atlanta Hawks

    Age: 24

    Years of NBA Experience: 2

    Position: C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 4.9 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.5 blocks, 18.0 PER

    Mike Muscala came on late for Atlanta last year. He averaged nine points the final month of the regular season before giving the Hawks some quality minutes in the playoffs. 

    His shooting touch could ultimately carry him to a legitimate NBA career. He knocked down 52.1 percent of his mid-range jumpers in 2014-15, per NBA.com. 

    He also grabbed 8.5 boards per 36 minutes. 

    With the return of Paul Millsap and the addition of Tiago Splitter, Muscala will likely battle Mike Scott for backup minutes. 

36. Rakeem Christmas, Cleveland Cavaliers

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    Last Team: Syracuse

    Age: 23

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 9.1 rebounds, 1.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 2.5 blocks, 26.5 PER

    The Cavaliers could quickly look to Rakeem Christmas for frontcourt depth. He's 23 years old with an NBA-ready body and a polished repertoire in the post, where he can create high-percentage shots and finish over either shoulder. 

    He also offers athleticism, toughness under the boards and rim protection, thanks to a massive 7'5" wingspan. 

    After putting up giant numbers as a senior, Christmas jumped out as the top performer in five-on-fives at the NBA combine. It wouldn't be surprising to see his strong play carry over into Vegas. 

35. Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets

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    Last Team: Denver Nuggets

    Age: 20

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 3.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 4.9 PER

    His minutes were limited as a rookie, but Gary Harris struggled through 55 games with the Nuggets, shooting just 30.4 percent from the floor. 

    He wasn't particularly impressive in Vegas last summer, either. 

    Harris can shoot, slash and defend, though he doesn't stand out in any area of the game. 

    It wouldn't be a good look if he's unable to earn minutes on a poor Denver team that has below-average 2-guards like Randy Foye and Will Barton.

    Harris must capitalize in Vegas his second time around. 

34. Rashad Vaughn, Milwaukee Bucks

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    Last Team: UNLV

    Age: 18

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 17.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 0.8 steals, 0.3 blocks, 20.2 PER

    Rashad Vaughn earned his reputation as a natural scorer in high school, and it carried right over into college, where he finished third among freshmen with 17.8 points per game. 

    He isn't a standout athlete, but his offensive skills are sharp, from his shot creativity to his shot-making ability. 

    Vaughn has a sweet outside stroke and plenty of shooting range. Most of his attempts come out on the perimeter, and given his lack of explosiveness, he is bound to battle inefficiency. He's also still 18 years old. 

    With Khris Middleton returning and Jerryd Bayless and O.J. Mayo both under contract for one more season, Vaughn isn't likely to see the floor much this year.

    Expect rookie mistakes and flashes of offensive brilliance from Vaughn this summer in Vegas. 

33. R.J. Hunter, Boston Celtics

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    Last Team: Georgia State

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 19.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 25.8 PER

    The Boston Celtics likely weren't expecting R.J. Hunter to be there at No. 28 overall. But he was a can't-miss option for them that late, as he offers size and shooting—two things the Celtics backcourt lacks.

    Hunter should have a real shot to play this year in Boston. He's a dangerous shot-maker off spot-ups, curls, pop-outs and dribble handoffs. And he happens to have a high basketball IQ and passing instincts. 

    At 185 pounds, he could have trouble separating and finishing inside the arc, but he has instant-offense potential as a shooter and perimeter scorer. 

32. Terry Rozier, Boston Celtics

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    Last Team: Louisville

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 17.1 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 2.0 steals, 0.2 blocks, 22.1 PER

    Terry Rozier was somewhat of a surprise pick for the Boston Celtics, who already have Marcus Smart, Isaiah Thomas and Avery Bradley. 

    There are also questions concerning his decision-making and shot selection, given his ratio of 3.0 assists to 2.2 turnovers and 41.1 percent field-goal mark at Louisville. 

    But the Vegas setting should be better suited for Rozier's game. With tremendous athleticism and shiftiness, he's electric in the open floor. If given the green light, he can create shots from every spot.

    Rozier also brings pressure defense and rebounding. 

    It's tough to picture him getting many minutes unless Thomas or a starter goes down with an injury. Summer league may be fans' best chance to see Rozier get extended playing time in 2015.

31. James Young, Boston Celtics

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    Last Team: Boston Celtics

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SG/SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 3.4 points, 1.4 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.1 blocks, 8.5 PER

    James Young didn't see much action for the Boston Celtics, but he did for the Maine Red Claws. He averaged 21.5 points and four made threes per game on 44.2 percent shooting from deep in the D-League. 

    Though not much of a one-on-one scorer or playmaker, Young offers that NBA-friendly blend of athleticism and shot-making ability. 

    He's at his best in transition or spotting up around the arc, where he can knock down jumpers or attack the rim in line drives. 

    He's only 19 years old, so his breakout might still be one year away. But Young should be viewed as a major building block in Boston. 

30. Kelly Oubre, Washington Wizards

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    Last Team: Kansas

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 9.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists, 1.1 steals, 0.4 blocks, 21.1 PER

    Kelly Oubre played more of a secondary role at Kansas, where his minutes and touches were limited compared to most top-20 selections in the draft. 

    His appeal ultimately stems from his long-term potential, which is fueled by athleticism and shot-making ability. 

    At 6'7", he can explode above the rim and guard multiple positions. And though his jumper wasn't particularly consistent at Kansas, Oubre can knock it down off the dribble, on the move or spotting up from three. 

    However, he's still a work in progress as a shot-creator, shooter and defender.

    Summer league will be a good chance for Oubre to build his confidence and reps after playing just 21 minutes per game last season. As of now, only Otto Porter sits ahead of him on Washington's small forward depth chart.

29. Nikola Jokic, Denver Nuggets

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    Last Team: KK Mega Vizura

    Age: 20

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF/C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 9.7 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.4 steals, 1.0 blocks, 24.6 PER

    A draft-and-stash selection in 2014, Nikola Jokic had a breakout season in the Adriatic League, where he was named MVP after averaging 15.4 points per game. 

    At 6'11", 253 pounds with a 7'3" wingspan, Jokic has an NBA body and a high offensive skill level. 

    He has flashed encouraging shooting touch, having made 1.5 threes per game at a 34.6 percent clip. And Jokic is a crafty scorer around the basket and in the low post.

    He even dished out 3.5 assists per game and established a reputation as a passer. 

    Jokic will enter the season as one of the under-the-radar players to keep an eye on. Look for his introduction to take place in Vegas.

28. Justin Anderson, Dallas Mavericks

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    Last Team: Virginia

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SG/SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 23.8 PER

    The Dallas Mavericks pulled the trigger on Justin Anderson's three-and-D potential, something they can tap into right away. 

    At 230 pounds, he has an NBA body and athleticism with a 43" max vertical. And assuming his 45.2 percent three-point mark as a junior wasn't a fluke, his jumper should be a threat from Day 1. 

    Anderson doesn't do much else in terms of creating or scoring, though that's not what Dallas will ask of him. 

    He can guard multiple positions, pick up easy buckets off cuts and spread the floor as a shooter. 

    Anderson will need to beat out Richard Jefferson for minutes, but during a lengthy 82-game season, he'll get his chance.

27. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets

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    Last Team: Arizona

    Age: 20

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 11.2 points, 6.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.8 blocks, 21.8 PER

    Rondae Hollis-Jefferson just might be the top perimeter defender in the 2015 class. At 6'7" with a 7'2" wingspan, quick feet and effortless athleticism, he can lock down opposing wings, 2-guards, ball-handlers and even small-ball 4's. 

    He's not as advanced at the offensive end, where he made just eight threes in two years at Arizona. Becoming a threat to knock down jumpers remains atop his priority list, but Hollis-Jefferson can still offer slashing, cutting and passing in a secondary role. 

    If the Nets ever trade Joe Johnson, Hollis-Jefferson could be looking at legitimate rookie minutes on a team that lacks defensive ball-stoppers. He has Draymond Green-type upside driven by two-way versatility. 

26. Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls

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    Last Team: Chicago Bulls

    Age: 23

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 3.0 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.0 blocks, 6.1 PER

    We can't blame you if you've forgotten how well Doug McDermott played during summer-league action just prior to his rookie season with the Chicago Bulls. After all, former head coach Tom Thibodeau buried him on the bench, preventing him from showcasing any of his many tools throughout that first go-round. 

    But this Creighton product was nearly unstoppable at times in 2014, earning rave reviews from many, including Sports Illustrated's Rob Mahoney

    Doug McDermott has yet to play an NBA game, but one can already trace his sphere of on-court influence. When the 6-foot-8 forward comes curling around a screen at the Summer League, defenders abandon their principles in a moment of pure panic. When McDermott hunkers down into a screen, he nags at the attention of multiple opponents. He is so efficient with his timing and his movements that every step must be followed closely, lest the ball swing his way and splash through the net in a single, fluid instant. 

    Now it's time for McDermott to rekindle that magic and revitalize his gravitational pull. His rookie year in the Windy City is in the past, and this is his first chance to make a positive impression with new head coach Fred Hoiberg. 

    It's not as if the 23-year-old forward has forgotten how to score. 

25. Bobby Portis, Chicago Bulls

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    Last Team: Arkansas

    Age: 20

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF/C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 1.1 steals, 1.4 blocks, 29.5 PER

    Ask Bobby Portis what skills he can use to help out the Chicago Bulls, and he won't exactly give you a short answer—which is what happened at his introductory press conference after the former Arkansas standout joined Chicago's roster: 

    I feel like I don't have a position. I feel like I'm a basketball player. I do the things the coach asks me to do, whether playing power forward or center. I bring a lot of different things to a basketball team whether blocking shots or rebounding, defending or scoring. I'm a combo power forward/center. I just try to do the things I am capable of.

    Portis really is capable of producing in that many areas.

    His collegiate stat line is a nice testament to his versatility, and summer league will provide the latest example as he makes defenders look overmatched both on the blocks and when he steps out to the perimeter. 

24. Delon Wright, Toronto Raptors

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    Last Team: Utah

    Age: 23

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PG/SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 14.5 points, 4.9 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.1 steals, 1.0 blocks, 29.2 PER

    The Toronto Raptors haven't exactly been doing everything possible to keep their backup point guards. They traded Greivis Vasquez to the Milwaukee Bucks during the NBA draft, which eliminated one member of Kyle Lowry's replacement contingent. Now, per ESPN.com, Lou Williams has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, which means the NBA's reigning Sixth Man of the Year will no longer represent Canada. 

    He may be a rookie, but Delon Wright is instantly important. 

    Fortunately, this 23-year-old has a good bit of high-level experience, thanks to his two years with the Utah Utes. The point guard was immediately an impact player, spending more than 36 minutes per game on the court during his freshman season. And as a sophomore, he played slightly fewer minutes but remained a well-rounded contributor who thrived on the defensive end. 

    Even for a consensus second-team All-American, the transition from the college game to the sport's highest level is a tough one. But the Raptors need him to take off the training wheels rather quickly after the beginning of the offseason depleted the backcourt depth. 

23. Sam Dekker, Houston Rockets

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    Last Team: Wisconsin

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 13.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.5 blocks, 25.5 PER

    Sam Dekker doesn't have a particularly glamorous game, but he can make an impact in virtually every area. Whether he's throwing down athletic slams, draining shots from the outside or settling down on the defensive end, he can aid the winning efforts for the Houston Rockets. 

    Playing time could be an issue during his rookie season, given Trevor Ariza's presence at small forward just ahead of him on the depth chart, but that won't be a problem in Las Vegas. That makes this set of games Dekker's opportunity to prove his scoreboard-working ways weren't a fluke during the 2015 NCAA tournament. 

    After all, he averaged 19.2 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.2 assists when it mattered most for his Wisconsin Badgers, shooting 57.1 percent from the field and a scorching 70.7 percent from beyond the arc. Obviously, those numbers are bound to regress, but Dekker boosted his draft stock significantly and now has to justify his lofty status as a No. 18 pick. 

22. Nik Stauskas, Philadelphia 76ers

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    Last Team: Sacramento Kings

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 4.4 points, 1.2 rebounds, 0.9 assists, 0.3 steals, 0.2 blocks, 7.5 PER

    Nik Stauskas' rookie season was atrocious. Despite the widespread praise for his shooting ability when he was leaving Ann Arbor behind, this 2-guard managed to hit on only 36.5 percent of his shots from the field and 32.2 percent of his deep looks. 

    According to my FATS model (based on historical comparisons and explained in full here), the Sacramento Kings played like a 35.4-win squad when he was sitting on the pine but declined to a 24.4-win unit while he was trying to contribute. That minus-11 win differential was the third-worst mark on the team, better than only Ramon Sessions (minus-11.8) and Ray McCallum (minus-13.1). 

    But Stauskas is getting a fresh start after an offseason trade is set to send him to the Philadelphia 76ers, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Despite his bricklaying ways as a rookie, he can shoot a basketball accurately, and he'll have a chance to do that quite often in the City of Brotherly Love. 

    He was a 2014 lottery pick for a reason, after all. 

    Note: Stauskas will not be officially traded to the 76ers until July 9. Though he's on the Kings roster for the time being, it's unknown whether he'll participate in Vegas, which is scheduled to begin the next day. 

21. Jerian Grant, New York Knicks

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    Last Team: Notre Dame

    Age: 22

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 16.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.5 blocks, 25.5 PER 

    Thus begins the adjustment period. 

    Jerian Grant was an incredible talent (a true point guard in the body of a shooting guard) at Notre Dame, but he now has to learn how he can make the most of his skills while operating within the confines of the New York Knicks' triangle offense. 

    "I feel like I get them open looks and make the guys around me better, so we'll be ready to compete right away," the incoming rookie point guard explained after the draft, per the Associated Press (via CBS New York). "The triangle has high basketball IQ players, and I think I'm one of those. I pick up on the offense really quickly and help the guys around me."

    If Grant isn't exaggerating, he could assert himself as a dark horse in the Rookie of the Year race.

    He has the defensive ability to help the Knicks actually win some games, and the combination of his scoring ability and playmaking should look impressive, so long as he's allowed to handle the rock with any sort of frequency. 

20. T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns

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    Last Team: Phoenix Suns

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 6.1 points, 2.1 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks, 14.0 PER

    T.J. Warren was an absolute stud during the five Las Vegas games prior to the start of his rookie season with the Phoenix Suns.

    He averaged 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 54.4 percent from the field, showing off the full extent of his creative scoring habits. Though this forward's game might not be particularly orthodox, he has a knack for creating space in deliberate fashion and showing off his touch on all sorts of jumpers and floaters from inside the three-point arc. 

    Now, it's time for an encore after he impressed in limited minutes during the portion of the year that actually counted. Warren was a virtual non-factor as a floor-spacing wing throughout his rookie season, but he still made more shots than he missed and improved in other areas. 

    The 21-year-old has always been an exceedingly mature player on the offensive end, and now it's time for him to assert himself as a true man among boys—a summer league veteran who's ready to build upon what he started 12 months ago. 

19. Noah Vonleh, Portland Trail Blazers

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    Last Team: Charlotte Hornets

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 3.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.4 blocks, 13.2 PER

    Noah Vonleh struggled to earn much playing time during the vast majority of his rookie season with the Charlotte Hornets, but two things should help him make more noise as a sophomore. 

    First, it's promising that he broke out—relatively, of course—during the stretch run. While still playing home games on a honeycombed court, he averaged 7.2 points, 8.6 rebounds and 0.6 blocks for his final five appearances. Those numbers are even more impressive when you realize he spent just 23.8 minutes per contest on the court. 

    Second, he's going to get more run in 2015-16.

    An offseason trade sent him to the rebuilding Portland Trail Blazers, and a frontcourt without either Robin Lopez or LaMarcus Aldridge is sure to offer him plenty more opportunities to make a name for himself at the sport's highest level. 

    Of course, it's also worth noting that Vonleh won't celebrate his 20th birthday until the end of August. He's the same age as many of the youngest players in the 2015 rookie class, but he already has a year of top-level experience under his belt. 

18. Clint Capela, Houston Rockets

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    Last Team: Houston Rockets

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 2.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists, 0.1 steals, 0.8 blocks, 12.1 PER

    Clint Capela's first season in the NBA was a strange one. 

    He played quite well in 38 appearances for the NBA Development League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers, but he didn't spend much time with the Houston Rockets until the end of the year. In fact, he suited up in only a dozen games and played a total of 90 minutes throughout the entire regular season. 

    But in the playoffs, this young center appeared in 17 games and spent 127 minutes on the floor, filling in admirably for Dwight Howard in plenty of different situations while more than holding his own. Though he was merely mediocre during his regular-season outings with Houston, he posted a sterling 21.8 player efficiency rating throughout the postseason, per Basketball-Reference.com.

    The D-League is no longer going to feature Capela in 2015-16. He's proved himself at the highest level, and the Rockets should have confidence in his ability to handle the role as a primary backup to Howard, even though he's just 21 years old. 

17. Kristaps Porzingis, New York Knicks

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    Last Team: Baloncesto Sevilla

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 1.0 blocks, 19.6 PER

    Until Kristaps Porzingis can add some strength to his beanstalk of a frame, he's going to be pushed around by the NBA's frontcourt players—even the smaller ones. But that shouldn't stop him from making an impact on the offensive end. 

    After all, you don't need size in order to make the most of a sweet jumper, and that's exactly what this 19-year-old possesses. Whether he's creating his own looks and using strong body control in the air or waiting for a catch-and-shoot opportunity on the perimeter, he's capable of getting buckets. 

    Porzingis' upside is what made him worthy of a top-five selection in the 2015 NBA draft. He's not entirely ready to perform in the Association, and summer league will be the first of many steps toward living up to his lofty potential. 

    Fans of the New York Knicks should be prepared to enjoy the roller-coaster ride. It won't all be smooth sailing as this power forward adjusts to his new digs, especially given the hip injury he's fighting through. 

16. Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

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    Last Team: Kentucky

    Age: 18

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 10.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.4 steals, 0.1 blocks, 19.4 PER

    This dude can flat-out stroke the basketball. 

    During his one and only season at Lexington, Devin Booker aided John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats by knocking down 41.1 percent of his three-point attempts and lofting up 3.7 per contest. That latter number may not seem particularly high, but the 18-year-old was part of a platoon system that limited his time on the court; he averaged 6.9 attempts per 40 minutes. 

    Even though the Phoenix Suns backcourt will have plenty of experienced options, Booker figures to spend time on the floor almost immediately. His marksmanship will be highly valued to the point that he's relied upon even as the rest of his game develops. 

    Throughout his time in Las Vegas, Booker is going to rip up plenty of nets with his on-target sniping. 

15. Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Last Team: Minnesota Timberwolves

    Age: 20

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: PG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 10.1 points, 2.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists, 0.7 steals, 0.1 blocks, 11.3 PER

    It's time for Zach LaVine to prove he can do more than dunk the basketball. 

    Sure, his name recognition exploded after his dominant performance during the 2015 All-Star weekend festivities, but that's not going to be good enough for this young point guard. He needs to show off an improved shooting stroke, more seasoned work on the defensive end and the ability to distribute the rock to open teammates. 

    To his credit, the 20-year-old exploded during his last 18 appearances in 2014-15. Throughout that stretch run, he averaged 18.7 points, 4.9 rebounds and 5.3 assists while shooting 43.6 percent from the field and 39 percent from downtown. 

    Was that a fluke?

    We'll find out this year, and the journey begins in Vegas. 

14. Trey Lyles, Utah Jazz

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    Last Team: Kentucky

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 8.7 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.4 blocks, 19.8 PER

    Expect Trey Lyles to do his best impression of vintage Carlos Boozer during summer league before he moves into a backup role on the Utah Jazz for the 2015-16 campaign. 

    The 19-year-old from Kentucky is a big and strong rebounder with a significant amount of athleticism, but his biggest asset stems from his ability to knock down shots with a smooth jumper. Though his range doesn't yet extend out to the three-point arc, he'll immediately be more than capable from mid-range zones, and that will eventually allow him to play with Derrick Favors or Rudy Gobert. 

    Defense is going to be an issue right away, and he'll need to prove himself against weaker Vegas matchups, especially as he learns how to compensate for his slow feet on defense and overall lack of elite explosiveness. 

13. Alex Len, Phoenix Suns

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    Last Team: Phoenix Suns

    Age: 22

    Years of NBA Experience: 2

    Position: C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 6.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists, 0.5 steals, 1.5 blocks, 13.5 PER

    It's rare for a player with so much NBA experience and a guaranteed roster spot to venture back into summer-league territory, but Alex Len isn't done working on his game. He's not going to be a starter now that Tyson Chandler is joining the Phoenix Suns, and that's driving him to put in as much time and energy as possible during the offseason. 

    Len developed rather nicely throughout his sophomore season, as he was finally healthy and able to strut his stuff.

    Though he's not a particularly mobile defender, he found much more success when protecting the rim and filled that role quite often. Additionally, his defensive rebounding trended in the right direction, and he gained more confidence working with his back to the basket.

    But if Len is going to keep improving, he'll have to hone his jumper—both from mid-range zones and from the corners. Any guesses where the perfect place to do that might be?

12. Meyers Leonard, Portland Trail Blazers

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    Last Team: Portland Trail Blazers

    Age: 23

    Years of NBA Experience: 3

    Position: C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 5.9 points, 4.5 rebounds, 0.6 assists, 0.2 steals, 0.3 blocks, 14.8 PER

    "I want to go down there, be around the new guys," Meyers Leonard told reporters after becoming an unexpected addition to the Portland Trail Blazers' summer-league roster, per Sean Meagher of the Oregonian. "It's certainly important for me to be around them, be more of a leader and just show them the way."

    Leonard will most assuredly be one of the most experienced players in Vegas, given that he's entering his fourth season with Rip City and is already almost guaranteed to earn a prominent role in the Blazers frontcourt. Even if he can't land a starting gig over Ed Davis, Noah Vonleh and Mason Plumlee, he's going to eat up plenty of minutes for Portland's rotation, and deservedly so.

    Leonard may not be anything close to a household name, but he emerged as a tremendous per-minute producer in 2014-15, establishing himself as a dangerous shooter—he slashed .510/.420/.938 in 2014-15—and a tough rim-protecting presence. During the playoffs, he even starred down the stretch of a Game 4 contest against the Memphis Grizzlies, helping earn the team's lone win of the first-round series with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

    Sleep on this 23-year-old big man at your own peril.

11. Dante Exum, Utah Jazz

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    Last Team: Utah Jazz

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: PG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 4.8 points, 1.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.5 steals, 0.2 blocks, 5.7 PER

    Dante Exum's traditional stats were putrid during his rookie season, and many of the established advanced metrics lead to the same conclusion. However, he improved throughout the year and finished the season as a key defensive piece for a Utah Jazz squad that wouldn't stop rolling after the All-Star break. 

    According to my FATS model, the Jazz were actually 16 wins better when he was on the floor. And that, combined with his playing time, meant that he added more to his team than any other member of the 2014 rookie class. Of course, that's a bit misleading, as he had the luxury of playing alongside Rudy Gobert and other members of the Utah roster who helped carry him on both ends. 

    But still, Exum wasn't nearly as bad as advertised. Plus, he's only 19 years old and continuing to make the difficult transition to the NBA.

    He should be significantly more confident during his second go-round, and that should only aid his levels of production. 

10. Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz

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    Last Team: Utah Jazz

    Age: 22

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: SG/SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 8.7 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 0.6 steals, 0.2 blocks, 12.3 PER

    This may seem like an aggressive ranking for a second-year player who didn't even make an All-Rookie squad in 2014-15.

    It is.

    But it's also justified because of both the expected improvement from this 22-year-old wing and the unbridled confidence the Utah Jazz have in him. 

    "I had a conversation with Rodney Hood yesterday, and we've tactically decided to stay out of the free-agent wing market in a big way," Jazz general manager Dennis Lindsey said on Utah's 1280 The Zone, as relayed by Austin Horton

    That, in and of itself, should speak volumes. The Jazz are choosing not to pursue any upgrades on the wings because Hood is so clearly the future, and he'll now get a chance to prove himself as a sophomore.

    If you're anything like Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune, you'll soon be raving about this young wing. 

9. Willie Cauley-Stein, Sacramento Kings

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    Last Team: Kentucky

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PF/C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 8.9 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 1.2 steals, 1.7 blocks, 23.8 PER

    Even with a self-proclaimed 20 pounds of muscle added to his frame, per his article on the Players' Tribune, Willie Cauley-Stein doesn't have the same level of upside that so many of the players in this section of the rankings possess. He's probably not going to contend for many All-Star berths throughout his professional career, and it's unlikely he ever ends up in the MVP conversation, despite his vertical allegedly improving by five inches.

    But where this 21-year-old has a leg up is on defense. He profiles as an impactful stopper who can guard multiple positions from the first day of his career with the Sacramento Kings. In other words, he has an NBA-ready skill, and that lifts his floor significantly higher. 

    Don't be fooled by Cauley-Stein's lackluster block numbers during his final season with Kentucky. He was moved off the back line by Karl-Anthony Towns, and he developed his abilities on the perimeter instead, showcasing the incredible lateral quickness that enables him to switch onto virtually any player for short bursts. 

    The move may have hurt him statistically, but it's going to help raise his ceiling in the Association. 

8. Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Last Team: Los Angeles Lakers

    Age: 23

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: PG/SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 11.9 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 0.9 steals, 0.2 blocks, 16.9 PER

    Jordan Clarkson was one of the NBA's pleasant surprises, going from the No. 46 pick of the 2014 NBA draft to the All-Rookie first team. He emerged as one of the true keepers on the Los Angeles Lakers roster, and now he'll have to prove that he wasn't simply a product of opportunity on an injury-riddled purple-and-gold squad. 

    As Grant Hughes explained for Bleacher Report, there's still some legitimate uncertainty: 

    The truth is the Lakers don't know for sure if Clarkson is the long-term solution at the point. They can't be certain because they've only seen him start 38 NBA games in circumstances that made it hard to get a good read on his value.

    But he's the right age and has shown the right amount of potential.

    Is Clarkson the guy the Lakers can count on for years to come?

    He may be, and he may not. What's clear is he's earned the right to answer that question next season.

    The Lakers will have significantly more talent on the court in 2014-15.

    Now it's time to see if Clarkson can still stand out, especially because the tools he flashed as a rookie were rather impressive and equal parts intriguing. 

7. Justise Winslow, Miami Heat

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    Last Team: Duke

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: SF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 12.6 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.3 steals, 0.9 blocks, 22.3 PER

    The last time we saw Justise Winslow play meaningful basketball, he was lifting his stock with a number of standout performances in the NCAA tournament. Now, the level of competition goes up even higher at summer league, which, for him, began in Orlando with a head-to-head battle against Stanley Johnson and the Detroit Pistons. 

    Winslow has all the tools you could ask for, and he'll be eager to show them off as he attempts to prove he should fill a large role for the Miami Heat. 

    After all, the South Beach residents will likely give him all the minutes he can handle. The excellent starting five is back, thanks to returns from Luol Deng, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic, but the bench is still noticeably thin. That's especially true on the wings, which just so happens to be where Winslow can help. 

    Pat Riley was quite lucky when Winslow was still on the board at No. 10, but it remains to be seen what level of immediate impact he can make for a Heat squad that will be trying to get back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture. 

6. Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics

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    Last Team: Boston Celtics

    Age: 21

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: PG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 7.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.5 steals,, 0.3 blocks, 11.0 PER

    In college, Marcus Smart thrived because of his size. He had plenty of skill, of course, but his height and strength allowed him to bully smaller backcourt players and thrive when he was working off the dribble. 

    Strangely, that's not how he played during his rookie season with the Boston Celtics. 

    Even though he entered the league with a broken jumper serving as arguably his biggest weakness, he often functioned as a spot-up player who left the ball-handling responsibilities to some of his more experienced teammates. He only hit 33.5 percent of his three-point attempts, but NBA.com's SportVU data shows that he scored 1.11 points per possession on spot-up attempts, leaving him in the 83.6 percentile. 

    This year, he needs to combine the two skills and turn into a player with a distinct identity. That's a tough task for any 21-year-old, but Smart has to meet that goal if he hopes to emerge as a star from an increasingly crowded Beantown backcourt. 

5. Emmanuel Mudiay, Denver Nuggets

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    Last Team: Guangdong Southern Tigers

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 18.0 points, 6.3 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.1 blocks, 18.9 PER

    Emmanuel Mudiay is this year's mystery man. 

    Though it's apparent this 19-year-old point guard is extraordinarily talented—try watching him for an extended period of time without thinking of John Wall; you'll soon find such a task is impossible—we really don't know all that much about him. After all, he played in China this past season and was hampered by injuries, which limited amateur scouting reports to sparse YouTube highlights. 

    Now, Mudiay is playing for a lot in Vegas. 

    Every rookie needs to prove himself, but a particularly strong showing from this floor general could force the Denver Nuggets' hand and push them to move Ty Lawson as quickly as possible. If Mudiay struggles, he could be relegated to serving as the backup during his first season in the Association, no matter how much the incumbent may want to move on to his next location. 

4. Julius Randle, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Last Team: Los Angeles Lakers

    Age: 20

    Years of NBA Experience: 1

    Position: PF

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 2.0 points, 0.0 rebounds, 0.0 assists, 0.0 steals, 0.0 blocks, minus-7.5 PER

    Julius Randle's rookie season was cut short far too soon when he broke his leg early on in his regular-season debut. But before he went down, the power forward had already shown some of what he was capable of, thriving as a big man who could create his own shots in the post and get to the rim against almost anyone. 

    When did he prove such things? During summer league, of course. 

    Spending just under 24 minutes per game on the floor, he averaged 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists while shooting 41.9 percent from the field. Those numbers may not seem particularly impressive, but these exhibition contests are always filled with poor shooting numbers and a lack of chemistry that stems from young players attempting to prove themselves superior to everyone else. 

    Randle was quite good at pushing the ball into the interior, but the lack of a jumper and some lackluster conditioning held him back during that first go-round. 

    Now, it's time for the second try. 

3. D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers

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    Last Team: Ohio State

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: PG/SG

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.3 blocks, 26.6 PER

    Yes, this makes back-to-back members of the Los Angeles Lakers, who now boast three of the top eight players at Las Vegas Summer League. 

    D'Angelo Russell was the somewhat surprising No. 2 pick in the 2015 NBA draft, and he's already turning heads with his precocious passing ability—a skill that isn't even what made him stand out at the collegiate level, thanks to his knack for racking up points.

    "He can pass the hell out of the ball," Jordan Clarkson told Bill Oram of the Orange County Register after just one practice. "He was able to move the ball well and it makes the game a lot easier for everybody. It's good running with him."

    The Lakers have had plenty of great distributors throughout their storied history, but one stood out as a particularly magical dime-dropper. We'll go ahead and let you guess who that would be. 

    Though Russell has a long way to go before he can even breathe that type of rarefied air, he's already off to a rather nice start as he attempts to make the first strides toward joining that conversation about historically great passers. 

2. Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia 76ers

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    Last Team: Duke

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 17.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 0.8 steals, 1.4 blocks, 30.7 PER

    Polished. 

    That's the word that describes Jahlil Okafor, even though he'll be only 19 years old at the start of his Las Vegas experience. Youth be damned, because the big man used his one season with the Duke Blue Devils to show that he could serve as a dominant low-post scorer with a dizzying array of moves that make use of his quick and technical footwork. 

    Of course, Okafor is also capable of knocking down shorter mid-range jumpers, passing out of double-teams and rebounding with aplomb. He's an incredible package when he's not attempting to play defense; doing whatever possible to loosen up his lead feet would behoove him on that end. 

    When he joins the Philadelphia 76ers, Okafor should immediately become a featured offensive option, drawing double-teams as opponents make the most of their opportunities to cheat off the limited shooters who will join him on the floor.

    But this center is still going to post big numbers, and that begins in Sin City. 

1. Karl-Anthony Towns, Minnesota Timberwolves

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    Last Team: Kentucky

    Age: 19

    Years of NBA Experience: Rookie

    Position: C

    2014-15 Per-Game Stats: 10.3 points, 6.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.5 steals, 2.3 blocks, 31.4 PER

    There's a reason Karl-Anthony Towns was the No. 1 pick of the 2015 NBA draft. 

    Actually, there are many of them, ranging from his knack for swatting away ill-advised shots on the interior to his ability to step out and drain jumpers from beyond the arc. He profiles as the rare stretch 5 who also dominates on defense, and that makes him rather intriguing.

    Fortunately, we'll get a sneak preview in Las Vegas, where Towns will make quite a few bigs look overmatched on a regular basis. Even though some of his offensive tools are works in progress, he's more than ready to make the leap from college ball to the NBA game, and summer league should be a simple steppingstone for him.

    The journey from the land of draft prospects to seemingly imminent stardom begins there.

    Note: All stats, unless otherwise indicated, come from Basketball-Reference.com, Sports-Reference.com and RealGM.com. Player moves courtesy of ESPN's tracker unless otherwise noted.

    Adam Fromal covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter: @fromal09.