First Round Picks
Marcus Smart, Boston Celtics: Smart struggled to find his offense on Monday, shooting 3-of-15 from the field and 1-of-5 from three against Indiana. He scored 11 points, dished four assists, and corralled three rebounds but will look to find his jump shot as action continues.
Elfrid Payton, Orlando Magic: (Monday) Payton had a stat-stuffing 12 points, nine assists, and eight rebounds against Houston. He’s a tough, gritty point guard who can defend and create for his teammates. Payton was 5-of-5 from the field but did not attempt a jumper, as all of his finishes were at the basket.
Aaron Gordon, Orlando Magic: The top selection competing in Orlando had nine points and seven rebounds on Monday. He had a nice mid-range jumper but has yet to knock down a three-pointer in the summer league.
Mitch McGary, Oklahoma City Thunder: McGary was the most impressive rookie on Monday. He recorded a double-double with 18 points and 13 rebounds. He flashed an effective mid-range jumper along with some ball handling capabilities.
Jordan Adams, Memphis Grizzlies: (Sunday) Adams scored 20 points on 6-of-13 shooting. He’s a quality spot-up shooter, but showed some struggles creating his own shot in half-court situations. He’s been the top rookie in Orlando early on.
Josh Huestis, Oklahoma City Thunder: (Sunday) The Stanford product struggled, shooting 1-of-6 from the field and 0-of-4 from behind the arc. He had six points and four turnovers but his calling card is on the defensive end. Huestis will need to shoot it well enough to become a “3-and-D” type of player.
Shabazz Napier, Miami Heat: (Sunday) After a poor start on Saturday, Napier got back on track against Brooklyn. He scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting to go with seven assists. Napier had some nifty passes and was effective as both a scorer and creator. He will, however, need to limit his turnovers, as he had five on Sunday.
Second Round Picks
Nick Johnson, Houston Rockets: (Monday) After a strong debut, Johnson struggled shooting the ball with a 3-of-12 showing. The combo guard contributed a team-high 13 points and five rebounds against Orlando.
Roy Devyn Marble, Orlando Magic: (Monday) Marble struggled with his jumper, shooting 1-of-9 from the field, but did a good job attacking the rim and getting to the free throw line. He had nine points and seven rebounds with seven made free throws.
Cory Jefferson, Brooklyn Nets: Jefferson has been active in Orlando and continued his strong play on Monday. He had nine points and five rebounds on 2-of-4 shooting while he was a perfect 5-of-5 from the free throw line. His athleticism and motor give him a chance to make an NBA roster. (Sunday) Jefferson showed potential with an acrobatic dunk on Sunday. He had eight points on 3-of-4 shooting to go with five rebounds.
Xavier Thames, Brooklyn Nets: (Monday) Thames had his best game in Orlando so far, with eight points and three assists on 4-of-7 shooting. He flashed some nice floaters but will need to improve his shooting from distance. (Sunday) Thames was held scoreless while going 0-of-5 from the field. He did add six assists, but struggled to find his offense.
Markel Brown, Brooklyn Nets: (Monday) The bouncy athlete had converted an alley-oop to highlight his day. Brown finished with seven points while shooting 2-of-4 from the field and 1-of-2 from deep. He added four rebounds, two assists, and quality defense as well. (Sunday) Although he didn’t have a stat-stuffing line, Brown had a nice game on Sunday. He finished with eight points, six assists, and two rebounds. Brown was effective with the ball in his hands as he effectively found the big man in pick-and-roll situations. He also knocked down shots, shooting 3-of-6 from the floor and 2-of-5 from three.
Jarnell Stokes, Memphis Grizzlies: Stokes had a double-double on Sunday with 16 points and 12 rebounds. He was 6-of-9 from the field and showed some potential as a mid-range shooter. If he can add a jumper to his game, it would immensely help his offensive repertoire.
K.J. McDaniels, Philadelphia 76ers: (Sunday) The ultra-athletic wing had 13 points (4-9 FG, 1-3 3FG) on Sunday. He had four rebounds as well and is improving as an offensive threat.
Jerami Grant, Philadelphia 76ers: (Sunday) Grant had a quiet day with three points on two shot attempts. He was 1-of-2 from the field and the free throw line.
Semaj Christon, Oklahoma City Thunder: (Sunday) Christon showed elite quickness with a first step that allowed him to attack the basket effectively. He had 12 points on 5-of-14 shooting, but will need to improve his jumper as he was 0-of-3 from deep. He had five assists and showed himself to be a solid floor general with upside.
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