Rookie Standouts From The NBA Summer League

Rookie Standouts From The NBA Summer League

The 2021 NBA Summer League was filled with amazing performances from rookies and lesser-known players. Fans were able to see their favorite rookies and bench players light up the scoreboard.

The league culminated in a final between the Celtics and the Kings, in which the Kings took home the title. Several players stood out among others with impressive high scoring performances.

Cam Thomas

Another great player for the Nets? It’s just not fair. Cam Thomas averaged 27 points in 4 games and led the Summer League rookies in points. Thomas scored highs of 36 and 31 and will look to contribute immediately to Brooklyn’s lack of depth.

Bol Bol

Bol Bol had an impressive few games in the Summer League. He averaged 21.6 points per game, 6.6 blocks per game, and 2.3 blocks per game. Bol barely played last season in Denver and he will look to build off of his solid performances. Due to Aaron Gordon’s struggles in the playoffs, Bol could be in for an increase in minutes.

Jalen Green

Jalen Green has shown he was worthy of the #1 pick. He averaged 20.3 per game, and at this point, I think he’s outperformed Cunningham. The Rockets have an elite star in the making with Green, and he should pair nicely with breakout star Kevin Porter Jr.

Chris Duarte

Many Pacers fans were not pleased with the selection of former Oregon Duck Chris Duarte. However, he quickly proved haters wrong in the Summer League. He finished third in points per game among rookies and will look to rebuild the new look Pacers.

Payton Pritchard

Pritchard led the Celtics to a 4-0 summer league record while averaging 20.3 points, 8.7 assists, and 5.7 rebounds in three games. The Celtic didn’t play much last season, but he will look to get more minutes with the departure of PG Kemba Walker and with an incredible summer performance.

Alex Shepherd

Born and raised in Denver, Colorado. Avid sports fan and up and coming writer. I manage and design for two sports pages on Instagram, Buffs Culture and Iso Football.

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