Summer League is where rookies get their first taste of NBA action. Those who fare well against the competition tend to be successful in the NBA as well. These five players have lit it up so far this summer, making their respective general managers look like geniuses in the process.
5. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
The Los Angeles Clippers seemed to know what they were doing when they decided to trade up to get Shai Gilgeous-Alexander during the 2018 NBA Draft. Heading into the draft, Gilgeous-Alexander was docked for his athleticism and speed, traits that critics believed would hinder his offensive game. So far though, he has proven that those critiques are completely wrong. This summer, Gilgeous-Alexander is averaging 19.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game. Not to shabby for the 11th pick of the draft.
4. Troy Brown Jr.
With the 15th pick in the 2018 NBA Draft, the Washington Wizards selected Troy Brown Jr. out of Oregon. At Oregon, he averaged 11.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. In the Summer League, he's doing even better. Against harder competition, Brown Jr. is averaging 19.0 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. Playing better against tougher competition is no small feat, which should make Washington Wizards fans very excited to see him come the regular season.
3. Collin Sexton
Collin Sexton was going to be the Robin to LeBron James' Batman. Now that LeBron chose Los Angeles, it will be Sexton who assumes the main role in Cleveland. Just like at Alabama, Sexton is showing that he is a scorer above all. Through three games, he has racked up an average of 16.7 points and 3.0 rebounds per game. The Cavs are going to need someone to be the new lead scorer with LeBron gone and Sexton may be the man to do it.
2. De'Anthony Melton
Unless you're a Houston Rockets fan, you're most likely asking yourself who De'Anthony Melton is. The USC product played for only one year before before suspended by the university for being connected with the infamous FBI investigation that rocked college basketball. Melton's suspension caused him to fall to the second round of the draft, but he sure isn't playing like a second round talent in Summer League. Totaling 16.3 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, Melton has been making the most of his opportunity. If Melton pans out in the league, the Rockets have found themselves the biggest steal of the 2018 NBA Draft.
1. Kevin Knox
New Yorkers are certainly impressed with Kevin Knox thus far. Are they right to be this hype? Probably not, but he sure looks like it in Summer League. Out of all the rookies, it's Knox who is averaging the most points per game with 20.5. With that being said, Knox is more than just a scorer. To go with his points, Knox is averaging 6.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game. The Knicks could use some offensive talent, making Knox the ultimate solution.