1. Dante Exum, Utah Jazz (Pick 5): In his first taste of American competition, Exum was inconsistent but showed flashes of potential. He averaged 7.2 points, 2.8 assists, and 2.6 rebounds per game but was just 30.8 percent from the field and 3-of-18 from deep. Exum has the size at 6-foot-6 to go with the length and athleticism that warrants a high ceiling. He showed the ability to play alongside Trey Burke and should be able to run the point for stretches as well but clearly has quite a bit of development in his immediate future.
2. Noah Vonleh, Charlotte Hornets (Pick 9): Vonleh was able to rebound at a high level, but struggled to find his offense. He averaged 9.1 points and 10.0 rebounds per game on just 28.4 percent shooting
3. Tyler Ennis, Phoenix Suns (Pick 18): Ennis was sub-par during summer league action and went without a field goal over the last two games. He averaged just 4.2 points and 4.0 rebounds per contest but did add 3.2 assists. The 6-foot-3 floor general was just 21.9% from the field and 0-of-6 from three-point range and almost appeared disinterested at times.
4. Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat (Pick 24): After a slow start in the Orlando Summer League, Napier continued to struggle with his jump shot. He was 27.7% from the field and 5-of-20 (25%) from three-point range. The 6-foot-1 point guard averaged 10.3 points and 2.8 assists per game but will need to find his jumper to contribute in the NBA. With what he showed in his four years at Connecticut, Napier should find a way to get back on track.
5. Dwight Powell, Cleveland Cavaliers (Pick 45): Powell only saw a total of 11 minutes in his first two games and was held scoreless, but put together a nice performance to finish his summer league. The 6-foot-10 power forward had 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting to go with nine rebounds. He still only managed to average 5.0 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in Vegas.
6. Lamar Patterson, Atlanta Hawks (Pick 48): Patterson had a quiet summer league, averaging 6.0 points on 34.2 percent shooting. The 6-foot-5 wing was 5-of-19 (26.3%) from three and added 1.8 rebounds, 1.7 steals, and 1.2 assists per game.
7. Alec Brown, Phoenix Suns (Pick 50): Brown’s summer league came to an unfortunate conclusion when he separated his left shoulder that will require surgery. He was averaging 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds per game up to that point.
8. Thanasis Antetokounmpo, New York Knicks (Pick 51): The Greek product has immense upside as an athletic 6-foot-7 small forward, but showed that he might need another season in the D-League. There are no questions about Antetokounmpo’s energy, but he averaged 3.0 points and 1.8 rebounds per game while shooting 33.3 percent from the field and 1-of-6 from three-point range. With his athleticism, motor, and upside, he should be a good minor league stash.
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