First Round Picks
Andrew Wiggins, Cleveland Cavaliers and Jabari Parker, Milwaukee Bucks: In an anticipated match-up before a capacity crowd both players showed their potential. Wiggins scored 18 points though shooting only 1-of-8 on threes. Parker countered with 17 points and nine rebounds but also missed all three of his 3PT attempts.
Adreian Payne, Atlanta Hawks: Payne is a stretch four, but missed all four of his three-point attempts against Washington. He still had 12 points on 5-of-15 shooting to go with seven rebounds.
Gary Harris, Denver Nuggets: Harris was the most impressive rookie on Saturday. He had 33 points while shooting 10-of-17 from the field and 5-of-10 from behind the arc. While he’s slightly undersized for the shooting guard position, Harris is a talented shooter and overall scorer. He also competes on the defensive end of the floor.
Noah Vonleh, Charlotte Hornets: Vonleh struck out in his opener, shooting 0-of-13 from the field including 0-of-4 on threes and missed his two free throws. He did grab six rebounds and block three shots in his 32 minutes but finished with a -19 during his time on the court. Things can only improve.
Nik Stauskas, Sacramento Kings: Stauskas was solid, scoring 14 points to go along with three assists. Interestingly he was only 0-of-1 on threes.
Bruno Caboclo, Toronto Raptors: Caboclo was a surprising first round pick in this year’s draft, but has the potential that warranted the early selection. He had 11 points and three rebounds while shooting 3-of-10 from the floor and 1-of-6 from three-point range. Caboclo is far from being an NBA contributor, but has the prototypical size, length, and athleticism for the small forward position. He hit both hit three-point attempts on Friday in scoring 12 points. He needs to add strength and is having trouble defending (11 fouls in the two games.)
Zach LaVine, Minnesota Timberwolves: The athletic scoring guard had 13 points, three rebounds, and two assists against Dallas. He was 5-of-12 from the field and 1-of-4 from behind the arc. LaVine shows flashes, but still lacks a feel for the game. He had five turnovers on Saturday.
T.J. Warren, Phoenix Suns: Warren is an interesting scorer. He isn’t a threat from the three-point line, but had no issues finding his offense due to the success of his mid-range game. He had 22 points on Saturday while shooting 10-of-16 from the floor. Warren did not attempt a three-pointer and added four rebounds.
Tyler Ennis, Phoenix Suns: Ennis doesn’t stand out in the stat sheet, but runs the offense effectively. He did have seven points, four rebounds, and three steals on 3-of-7 shooting.
Doug McDermott, Chicago Bulls: McDermott had 10 points on 2-of-8 shooting. Both of his makes were on three-pointers. He added five rebounds and four assists.
Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat: Following a poor showing in Orlando, Napier looked much better in his first game in Vegas. He scored 11 points on an efficient 4-of-5 shooting while he knocked down both of his three-point attempts. Napier added five assists, five turnovers, and three rebounds.
Dante Exum, Utah Jazz: This year’s “mystery man” had a good showing in his debut. Exum had 10 points, three rebounds, and three assists to go with a highlight alley-oop to start his career. He was 4-for-10 from the field and 1-for-4 from three-point range.
Rodney Hood, Utah Jazz: Hood struggled with his jumper, shooting 3-of-13 from the field and 1-of-10 from behind the arc. He did add eight rebounds, but will need to add consistency from the three-point line.
Kyle Anderson, San Antonio Spurs: The point forward had six points, six assists and four rebounds in his 25 minutes but finished with a +/- of -5 in a 16-point victory.
Second Round Picks
Jordan Clarkson, Los Angeles Lakers: Clarkson, who many had going in the first round, led the Lakers with 21 points on 7-of-15 from the field.
Russ Smith, New Orleans Pelicans: The Louisville product played just as he did in college with 20 points, nine rebounds, five assists, three steals and six turnovers in 27 minutes of hectic action.
Cleanthony Early, New York Knicks: Early has been impressive in Las Vegas. He had 11 points on Saturday with six rebounds and three assists. Early is an impressive mid-range shooter who can also knock down the three. He scored 13 points on Friday, hitting 3-of-4 threes, but only grabbed one rebound.
Thanasis Antetokounmpo, New York Knicks: The high-energy small forward had four points and three rebounds against Portland. He’s an athletic perimeter defender who takes pride in his defense. Friday he scored seven points in 14 minutes but was charged with seven fouls. He’s been called for 11 fouls in 27 minutes.
Walter Tavares, Atlanta Hawks: The massive 7-foot-3 center had six points on 3-of-4 shooting. He did, however, commit four fouls in only 10 minutes of action.
DeAndre Daniels, Toronto Raptors: Daniels is a skilled combo forward with three-point range. He had 12 points against Denver on 5-of-10 shooting – including a 2-of-5 showing from three. Daniels added five rebounds. On Friday he had seven points on 2-of-8 shooting with five rebounds.
Glenn Robinson III, Minnesota Timberwolves: Robinson III had a quiet outing, scoring seven points on 2-of-5 shooting. He added five rebounds and three steals.
Alec Brown, Phoenix Suns: Brown was unable to find his offense on Saturday. He was held scoreless while shooting 0-of-7 from the field.
Cameron Bairstow, Chicago Bulls: Bairstow had eight points on 3-of-5 shooting. He’s a hard-nosed power forward who also added six rebounds.
Nick Johnson, Houston Rockets: Johnson followed his sensational play in Orlando with 11 points, six assists, and three rebounds on Saturday. He was 5-of-11 from the field but showed some fatigue with a 1-of-6 display from behind the arc.
Jerami Grant, Philadelphia 76ers: After playing in Orlando, Grant saw limited action. He had four points and nine rebounds in 14 minutes. Grant was 0-of-4 from the field but knocked down all four of his free throw attempts.
Jordan McRae, Philadelphia 76ers: McRae finished with 20 points and three rebounds while shooting 4-of-15 from the field and 2-of-6 from deep. He did a good job drawing contact as well, where he was 10-of-12 from the charity stripe.
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