5 Surprising Summer League Stand Outs

20
Jul

Seth Curry

I always found it curious that the younger Curry hasn’t found a solid home in the league. He was a very highly touted prospect coming out of high school, and in flashes, he’s looked very good. It seems like he’s going to find himself a roster spot for the 2015-16 season, and it’s not just because his brother is the reigning MVP. He led the summer league in scoring at 25 ppg, and he did it on a respectable 46% from the field. He’s not ready to be a star, or even a starter in the league yet, but he could be a valuable 8th or 9th man for some team.

Kyle Anderson

Proving yet again that just because you can’t earn minutes on the Spurs it doesn’t mean that you can’t play, Kyle Anderson has been excellent during his summer league play. He’s shown a physicality and initiative that is likely the product of watching some of the leagues best players and coaches for the past year. He’s still far behind your average NBA player when it comes to speed, but he’s shown that speed isn’t everything.

Lucas Nogueira

The Raptors have had their fair share of trouble at finding a proper big man rotation for the last few years (and really throughout the history of the franchise), but the 7’0″ Brazilian showed that maybe help is on the way. Not only did he score a respectable 7.8 ppg, but in only 23.8 minutes per he averaged a whopping 10.6 rebounds. Obviously those boards are harder to come by against the better and bigger league competition, but this is a good sign of things to come.

Bobby Portis

Considering the Bulls’ draft pick was the SEC player of the year, him having success on both ends of the floor really shouldn’t be surprising, but the fact he was drafted so low and is basically being counted out as a rotation player in his rookie year makes what he did all the more impressive. 14.5 points and 8.7 rebounds per gives him a line that was one of the closest to a double double.

Kelly Oubre Jr.

Oubre Jr. is another guy who is very talented and should be a highly-touted prospect for this year, but I don’t think anyone expected him to be so successful in the Summer League while playing such seemingly-effortless ball. He could earn his spot as a starter on the Wizards this year, and with John Wall running the offense, there’ll be plenty of opportunities for Oubre to thrive.

About the author: Alex Lowe

A former college athlete in a sport that no one cared about, Alex now spends most of his days being a furiously biased Bulls and Braves fan. When he's not busy with that, he still imagines his 5'7" self making an improbable rise to NBA stardom.