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Jul 14, 2017
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The NBA Summer League is proving to be more exciting than the recently concluded playoffs with the young guns showing a lot of heart on the hardcourt.

While we’re aware that their performance in this league doesn’t really guarantee anything when they eventually transition to the NBA, we still went on and chose some of the standouts that caught our eye with their unique playing style.

Here are the rookies whom we think are already league-ready:


Markelle Fultz

He’s best known as the No. 1 pick but the Philadelphia 76ers point guard is much more than that.

Unfortunately, his Summer League showing was cut short after he sprained his ankle in their game against the Golden State Warriors where he dropped 8 points, 2 rebounds and one assist. It’s a good thing the injury wasn’t too serious.

Donovan Mitchell

The Utah Jazz shooting guard is starting to prove what he’s made of after their team faced the Memphis Grizzlies, which he torched for 37 points.

The dude is pretty much a scoring machine who can dunk, drive hard in the paint, do pull-up jumpers, and make three-pointers rain from all corners of the court. He also had 8 steals in that game, making him a promising two-way player.

De’Aaron Fox

He might not be offensive demons like Ball and Mitchell but the Sacramento Kings point guard but he’s an all-around player who can score, defend, and hustle on both ends of the court.

Fox also displayed his speed, which will definitely come in handy against top-tier backcourts.

Jayson Tatum

The Boston Celtics small forward might not be as popular as the first and second picks but he has shown that he could go toe-to-toe with these big-name ballers. Check out his 27-point game against Ball and the Lakers:

He’s also clutch with this game-winner in his debut against no less than Fultz and the 76ers.

Lonzo Ball

Put aside his father’s crazy antics and we could say—hands down—that the hype is real when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers point guard.

Although he flopped in his debut game, Ball proved himself in the next outings by getting two triple-doubles, and a 36-point performance against Philadelphia.

It also doesn’t hurt that Ball remains humble despite being labeled as the new face of the storied franchise.

 

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