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NBA Summer League Recap (2021-22 Fantasy Basketball)

by Zachary Hanshew | @ZaktheMonster | Featured Writer
Aug 19, 2021

The NBA Summer League ended Tuesday as the Kings, behind Finals MVP Louis King, took down the Celtics 100-67. How did the top lottery selections perform in their NBA debuts? Who were the other notable standouts and surprises? Let’s get into it!

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All-Summer League Teams

All-Summer League First Team

All-Summer League Second Team

Lottery Picks

Cade Cunningham: Went for 18.7 PPG and finished third in made threes (4.3)

Jalen Green: Posted 20.3 PPG with multiple highlights as a premier scorer

Evan Mobley: Averaged 11.3/7.7 with1.7 blocks, but shot just 34.9% from the field – one of the worst percentages in Summer League

Scottie Barnes: Looked solid as a scorer, rebounder, and defender and averaged 15.5/6.8/3.3 with 3.0 combined blocks/steals

Jalen Suggs: Athleticism and tenacity were on display as Suggs grabbed 6.3 boards and logged 2.7 combined blocks/steals per game

Josh Giddey: Unfortunately logged only five minutes after injuring himself in his first preseason game

Jonathan Kuminga: Shot less than 40% from the floor but still led Golden State with 17.4 points and showed off his defensive prowess

Franz Wagner: Made some high-IQ plays but wasn’t impressive as a scorer or rebounder. Knocked down just 2-of-13 three-point attempts.

Davion Mitchell: Showed off 3-and-D skills throughout Summer League and held Payton Pritchard to four points on 2-6 shooting (0-4 3PT) and four turnovers in the Summer League final

Ziaire Williams: Averaged 12.5 points and 5.3 boards but shot horrendously with 38.0/20.0/53.3 splits

James Bouknight: UConn’s dynamic scoring threat averaged a modest 16.8 PPG on 45.0% shooting from the floor

Joshua Primo: Averaged 14.3 points on 14.5 field-goal attempts – yuck. Wasn’t overly impressive in other areas and finished 12th in TOs per contest (3.3). Looking like a major reach at No. 12 by San Antonio

Chris Duarte: The 24-year-old showed off his 3-and-D prowess behind 4.3 combined blocks/steals and 3.5 triples per contest

Moses Moody: Solid shooting and defense, 16.8 points per game

Other Standouts

Cameron Thomas: Went for 36 points (most in SL game since 2018) and led all scorers in points per game (26.5) – a walking bucket

Tyrese Maxey: Got it done in all facets of the game – highly encouraging if/when Philly moves on from Ben Simmons

Payton Pritchard: Averaged 20.7 points, 8.7 dimes, 5.7 boards, 5.0 triples prior to the final and may have earned more playing time this season

Paul Reed: B-ball Paul posted 17.4 points and 12.4 boards (second-most in SL) with 5.0 combined blocks/steals. The G-League MVP and ROY has put the NBA on notice

Tre Jones: One of only three players to average at least 20 points and six dimes in Summer League

Alperen Sengun: Went for 14.5/11.0 with 3.0 blocks and showed why Houston traded up to get him

Trey Murphy IIIMurphy excelled as a scorer, rebounder, defender, and shooter in Summer League – NOLA has got to be happy to have landed him after trading back to No. 17 in the Draft

Luka Garza: Nearly averaged a double-double and pulled down 29 boards across his final two games – showed off his ability to score, rebound, and hit threes

Bones Hyland: Averaged nearly 20 PPG while shooting lights out from beyond the arc and contributing across multiple categories

Surprises

Miles McBrideIt will be tough for Deuce to find minutes in New York’s crowded backcourt, but he certainly helped his case with strong Summer League play

Omer Yurtseven: The big man dominated in Summer League and earned a two-year deal with Miami in the process. The seven-footer went 22/11 with 2.4 blocks and 1.6 triples

Jalen Johnson: Viewed as a potential top-10 pick by some analysts heading into the Draft, Johnson fell to Atlanta at No. 20, and his 19.0 points, 9.5 boards, and highlight transition offense show that he may be a huge value

Armoni Brooks: Finished off Summer League in style by hitting nine triples, scoring 30, and nailing the game-winner

Max Strus: Averaged 22/6 while leading Summer League in made threes and landed a new deal with Miami

Why Were They Playing?

Kyle GuyMichael BeasleyEmmanuel MudiayKenneth Faried

These guys had no business playing in Summer League. C’mon man!

Statistical Leaders

Points

Rebounds

Assists

Steals

Blocks

Threes

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