In the NBA Summer League, some of the top young players in the league get together to show off their skills. If the 2022 class is anything like previous years, there will be a few standout performers. The NBA Summer League is a great opportunity for young players to improve their game and get noticed by NBA scouts.
The official Summer League for the offseason of 2022 gets underway in Las Vegas. The Salt Lake City event’s main event is now here, however, there are still some games left. There are already enough rookie and second-year players in action, despite the majority of the line-ups consisting of borderline G-League players, to generate some interest for the next season. The following players will be ones to watch and follow during the Summer League and for the upcoming basketball season.
1. Jaden Ivey
Ivey was widely regarded as the number four potential going into the lottery; thus, some may argue that he dropped to the Pistons at the fifth position. Cade Cunningham was already on the roster when Detroit signed Ivey, therefore the fit will be what determines this choice. Ivey will be the most exciting player of the tournament because Summer League will provide us with a sneak peek of that setup.
2. Shaerdon Sharpe
Sharpe was a risky pick at No. 7 for Portland, which is juggling Damian Lillard’s future on a razor’s edge. Because this will be his debut team game in more than a year, the Blazers must hope he lives up to the hype. A lot depends on Sharpe’s performance in Vegas.
3. Chet Holmgren
People began to drool over Holmgren’s ability after the Salt Lake City events. Despite having some issues with large players, the Thunder rookie still tries to put up impressive stats. Holmgren might be the driving force behind Oklahoma City’s fascinating core, which is already taking shape. We’ll watch out whether he can continue to rule in Las Vegas.
4. Keegan Murray
In the California Classic, Murray excelled, earning 19.7 scores and 8.0 rebounds on fractions of 51/43/100 shots. That is a ludicrous stance, against very inferior opponents. Although there were concerns about his potential before the draft, the Kings appear to have made a wise selection. For a squad seeking to end a protracted postseason skid, Murray ought to be eager to contend right away. Let’s see whether he can continue his impressive scoring performance.
5. Max Christie
Christie was once considered the first pick, but his erratic performance forced him through into second round. Although the Lakers are counting on his timeline for improvement, the early attacking results are not encouraging. In three matches of the California Classic, Christie had a field goal percentage of 25% and a long-range percentage of 14.3%. He averaged 7.7 rebounds per game, but if he can’t spread the floor, it won’t matter. If Christie cannot change the situation in Sin City, this appears to be a project for the Lakers.
Cooper, who was selected by the Hawks in the second round of the 2021 draft, was one of the unexpected flops. Cooper originally supposed to support Trae Young in the backfield, but somehow the signing of Dejounte Murray has rendered Cooper rather unnecessary.