Lance Stephenson – IND: 14.8 ppg | 2.3 rpg | 1.5 apg
While injuries limited him to essentially 3 games, he still looked great in his first professional action. Highly touted out of high school, but not as much out of college, Stephenson has a lot of naysayers to prove wrong. And that is what he did in Orlando, looking like one of the best players there. He’s a great scorer (shot 73%) and showed flashes of being a solid distributor, which he’ll need to keep improving as he might be looking at minutes at point guard for the Pacers this season.
Landry Fields – NY: 15.6 ppg | 4.8 rpg | 1.2 apg
One of the biggest surprises of the Summer League as many didn’t project him to even be drafted. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his athleticism, but he’s able to make up for that with his incredibly high basketball IQ. Has a knack for putting himself in the right position at the right time and just knows how and when to make plays. Went a long way this past week in earning himself a roster spot and potentially some minutes this upcoming season.
Damion James – NJ: 18.8 ppg | 5.3 rpg | 1.0 apg
Damion James was upset being drafted as late as he was and had played with a real chip on his shoulder in the Summer League and probably for the foreseeable future. The swing man out of Texas was relentless in his attempts to score, trying to prove something to those teams that passed on him. While his shot selection sometimes seemed a bit forced, James shot the ball quite well at 46%. He really just seemed dangerous anytime he touched the ball.
Luke Harangody – BOS: 16.6 ppg | 6.8 rpg | 1.6 apg
Delivered one of the most consistent performances from start to finish in this year’s Summer League. Harangody still had the same criticisms coming into this summer, but was able to mostly prove them all wrong. He played with a really good motor, being active on both ends of the court. Hit his jump shots consistently, especially from downtown, shooting 50% from 3. Looks like he will be a very valuable high energy, second unit, pick and pop kind of guy.
Larry Sanders – MIL: 14.0 ppg | 8.4 rpg | 3.2 bpg
The long, athletic forward out of VCU impressed this past week with both his offensive versatility and strong defensive play. Sanders has a good face-up game, but is very capable of scoring in the post with his slender frame. Got up and down the court quickly in transition with his athleticism. He rebounds the ball at a solid clip and plays some tough defense.
Dominique Jones – DAL: 16.6 ppg | 3.8 rpg | 3.4 apg
Jones is a unique offensive talent that has a great combination of both quickness and strength. He loves to attack the lane and draw contact as he goes for the finish. His ball handling skills help him score and also set up others. However, he might have received the most attention for his solid defensive play against John Wall. Jones was able to stay in front of Wall and force him into bad shots, leading Wall to shoot a dreadful 4-19 from the floor.
Derrick Caracter – LAL: 15.4 ppg | 8.6 rpg | 1.4 bpg
Talk about playing with a chip on your shoulder, Caracter was drafted 58th overall and is making a lot of teams look foolish as many think he has put forth a first round performance in this year’s Summer League. He can dominate in the post with his strength and a variety of post moves, but shows signs of a capable mid-range game as well. Plays with a really high motor, grabbing rebounds and playing solid defense. Looking like an absolute steal for the Lakers.
Greg Monroe – DET: 14.6 ppg | 8.0 rpg | 1.2 apg
Started off slowly in Las Vegas, but got stronger as the games went along, finishing with an incredible 27 point, 14 rebound effort against the Knicks. Monroe became more comfortable as the week progressed and thus more assertive in his play. He is a very versatile player with his combination of height, athleticism and ball handling skills. He can finish both inside and out or facilitate others with ease as a top rate passer for a big man.
DeMarcus Cousins – SAC: 14.5 ppg | 9.8 rpg | 1.8 apg | 1.2 bpg
Started the week incredibly strong, looking dominant for large stretches, but tapered off toward the end. Showed a little bit of everything. Was an absolute beast with a soft touch in the paint, he could step out and hit the mid-range jump shot, pass well out of double teams, and even dribble the ball up the court in transition. Despite flaming out a bit at the end, Cousins looks like he could be a real force in this league.
John Wall – WAS: 23.5 ppg | 7.8 apg | 4.0 rpg | 2.5 spg
The number one overall pick lived up to the hype in his professional debut this summer. So quick and talented, it doesn’t take long to notice this kid is going to be a special player. Has a commanding presence when running an offense and looks very confident while doing so. Wall ended up leading the entire Summer League in both points and assists and was named Las Vegas’ Most Outstanding Player. While he struggled with turnovers early on with 8 in each of his first two games, he got it under control finishing with only 5 in his last two games combined. His shooting isn’t fully reliable yet as his percentages weren’t stellar, but his offensive activity will get him to the line where he converts well.