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5 Non-Lottery Picks Basketball Fans Need to Watch at NBA Summer League

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: (L-R) NBA Draft prospects Kevin Porter Jr., Nicolas Claxton, Sekou Doumbouya, Goga Bitazde, Keldon Johnson, Nassir Little, Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Rui Hachimuri, Jarrett Culver, Cam Reddish, Coby White, Zion Williamson, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, Ja Morant, De'Andre Hunter, Darius Garland, Brandon Clarke, Romeo Langford, Jaxson Hayes, Tyler Herro, Bol Bol, PJ Washington, Matisse Thybulle and Mfiondu Kabengele stand on stage with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver before the start of the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Of course, every NBA fan is glued to their TV to see whether or not their team's lottery picks perform up to expectations during the annual spectacle that is Summer League. But what we cannot forget amid the hoopla? The inevitable steals of the draft that will have their very first chances to show out. These are the guys that fell out of the lottery, but have the potential to show out during the summer and become major players for their teams when the regular season comes around. Let's start with five non-lottery picks that you should keep your eyes on.

1. Keldon Johnson

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: Keldon Johnson poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted with the 29th overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Keldon Johnson was drafted at no. 29 overall by the San Antonio Spurs following a successful freshman campaign at the University of Kentucky. In his first two Summer League games, he has already shown fans a glimpse of the future down in south Texas. With a terrific 29 points and 7 rebounds, Johnson led the Spurs to a day two victory in Salt Lake City; If that day is any indication of what's to come, the Spurs have a truly capable operator on their hands that will definitely fit into the regular season picture in due time.

2. Talen Horton-Tucker

TULSA, OKLAHOMA - MARCH 22: Talen Horton-Tucker #11 of the Iowa State Cyclones drives to the basket against C.J. Jackson #3 of the Iowa State Cyclones during the first half in the first round game of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at BOK Center on March 22, 2019 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Ohio State v Iowa State | Harry How/Getty Images

Talen Horton-Tucker was picked at no. 46 of the second round of the draft by the Orlando Magic before being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. Although he is sitting out at the moment due to an injury, he will be an important person to watch by the time the Las Vegas leg of Summer League gets popping. The Lakers are still trying to finish building their roster, and as their only draft pick, Horton-Tucker will need to perform to show the team that he was the right choice. But he should be up to the challenge considering his uniquely long wingspan and sturdy build that gives him the ability to play and defend multiple positions on the floor.

3. Admiral Schofield

COLUMBUS, OHIO - MARCH 24:  Admiral Schofield #5 of the Tennessee Volunteers celebrates after defeating the Iowa Hawkeyes 83-77 in the Second Round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament at Nationwide Arena on March 24, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Iowa v Tennessee | Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Admiral Schofield came in at pick no. 42 for the 76ers before being traded to the Washington Wizards. He is coming in as one of the more seasoned draftees as a four-year player out of the University of Tennessee. Though merely average-sized for his position, Schofield's chiseled 240-pound build allows him to come into the league with a game-ready body that can match up against taller players. The main thing to watch with Schofield is his improvement throughout the summer, a hallmark of his work at Tennessee, where he went from a lower-tier recruit to a college standout who ended up earning All-SEC First Team honors.

4. Luka Samanic

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 20: Luka Samanic poses with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being drafted with the 19th overall pick by the San Antonio Spurs during the 2019 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on June 20, 2019 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Luka Samanic went to the Spurs just outside of the lottery at No. 19. He's one to watch for two major reasons: he is a somewhat proven professional European player, and he is joining a San Antonio Spurs organization not known for squandering value. He is coming into the league at 6-foot-11, great size for a forward, with versatile inside and outside scoring ability and significant fluidity and athleticism. And best of all, he is bringing this package to the league's foremost expert on developing international players into Hall of Famers, Gregg Popovich.

5. Dylan Windler

JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MARCH 21:  Dylan Windler #3 of the Belmont Bruins takes a shot against Bruno Fernando #23 of the Maryland Terrapins in the second half during the first round of the 2019 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at VyStar Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on March 21, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
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Dylan Windler was drafted at No. 26 by the Cleveland Cavaliers as one of the oldest guys in the player pool after completing four years at Belmont University. The rookie already began impressing his new head coach, John Beilein, in the first day of the Salt Lake City Summer League; outside of his 19 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals, he was able to control the game through the little things on both ends of the court, showing that even on an off night, he will still be an asset to the team. But production is rarely a problem with WIndler, who is a sharpshooter with deep range and the ability to move well without the ball.