- The Hawks will be one of the most interesting teams in Summer League due to their impressive amount of young talent. While most of the attention will be focused on lottery selections De'Andre Hunter and Cam Reddish, don't forget about Kevin Huerter. Last years 2nd first round selection, Huerter was forced to sit out Summer League as he recovered from a previous injury. He's a candidate to light it up in Summer League. Bruno Fernando is a beast in the paint and it will be interesting to see how he handles the speed of the NBA game.
Robert Williams III
Max Strus (TW)
- The Celtics had a busy Draft Night and will have a number of notable names to monitor this summer. Romeo Langford will be the storyline of this class, as Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge said the team is still unsure if Langford will play in Summer League. Expect Carsen Edwards to be on a mission to prove himself, and he should welcome the challenge with less attention hopefully. Robert Williams III aka Timelord will be what Celtics fans are most intrigued to see. The explosive shot blocking big will be one of the underrated storylines of Summer League and could be in for a big Sophomore year. DePaul prolific scorer Max Strus landed himself a Two-Way deal as a UDFA and has some intrigue as a G-League developmental prospect.
- Brooklyn will have a lot of intriguing pieces to monitor on their Summer League Roster. Last years draft class featured two intriguing raw international prospects that showed serious potential in their rookie years in Rodions Kurucus and Dzanan Musa. Kurucus found himself earning solid minutes in the Nets rotation as the year progressed, and should be in line for a big Summer. Don't forget about Musa though, who had a great year in the G-League for the Long Island Nets and could breakout in SL. Former Buffalo guard CJ Massingburg is an intriguing tough ball handler that could make some noise after going undrafted. Nicolas Claxton will be a key developmental project for the Nets organization and should show plenty of promise as a rim protector in Las Vegas.
- There's some intrigue with the Hornets Summer League roster. Miles Bridges will draw most of the attention due to his ridiculous bounce and his threat to make a highlight play at any moment. It will be interesting to see how the rest of his offensive game is coming along. First-round selection PJ Washington should show plenty of flashes this Summer for Hornets fans. Keep an eye on Devontae' Graham who showed some serious potential in the G-League for the Greensboro Swarm last year as a ball handler.
- At this point, Chicago is still filling out the rest of their Summer League roster but it's pretty obvious who will grab your attention early. All eyes will be on Coby White to see if he has what it takes to be a franchise PG for this young Bulls team. Daniel Gafford is an athletic rim running big that should catch plenty of lobs in SL. Gafford has intriguing potential as a rim protector as well.
Kevin Porter Jr
- This figures to be one of the most intriguing Summer League rosters to keep an eye on as the Cleveland Cavaliers ended the draft night with 3 first-round selections. Don't be surprised to see a possessed Collin Sexton out of the backcourt. Sexton was starting to blossom after the all-star break last year. Darius Garland will be motivated to show his worth. Kevin Porter Jr will be determined to prove to the rest of the NBA that they made a bad decision letting him slide on draft night and don't be surprised if he explodes. The darkhorse here will be Dylan Windler who has some serious potential to be a valuable developmental piece for this Cavs franchise moving forward.
- Any time you get an Antetokounmpo on your roster we are going to pay close attention. In all seriousness, Kostas has spent the last several years developing in the G-League and has shown some serious flashes. This might be the summer where he could take a big step forward. Jalen Brunson should show a much-improved game after a slow rookie season (Expected in young guards). It will be interesting to see how 2nd round selection Isaiah Roby holds up to the speed of the NBA.
Michael Porter Jr
- While Zion and the 2019 Draft Class is going to get a lot of attention, the debut of Michael Porter Jr will be JUICY. This Denver Nuggets team can climb to another level if MPJ is what we expect talent wise. Bol Bol will draw plenty of interest as well, as he's viewed league-wide as a high-risk/high-reward prospect. Keep a close eye on UDFA Terence Davis who has a very intriguing set of skills that make him a potential 3 and D candidate for this Nuggets organization.
Louis King (TW)
- Big fan of what the Pistons have done so far this offseason. There will be plenty of attention on how the raw international phenom Sekou Doumbouya does in Summer League action. Jordan Bone is a tough-minded guard that should carve out a nice role with this team moving forward. Louis King is a bit behind on his development after missing the majority of his freshman year at Oregon but has the makings of a steal as a UDFA.
GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS
- While it might not look like the most attractive haul via the draft process, I am very intrigued with what the Golden State Warriors have done so far. Jordan Poole will be the "project" of the group and he has some upside if the Dubs can get him to show some patience on the offensive side of the ball. Ky Bowman is a straight up "dog" out of the backcourt and plays with some swagger and serious bounce. This will be an absolutely huge summer for last years first round selection Jacob Evans who struggled to carve out a role in his rookie year. Dedric Lawson is another UDFA to keep an eye on. The undersized stretch 4 was highly productive for the Kansas Jayhawks this year and can fill it up in a hurry.
- Rockets fans don't be turned away by the lack of draft selections this year, Houston picked up a couple of microwave guards that could make this roster. Shamorie Ponds could not have landed in a better situation than with the Rockets. It was a bit of a surprise that the former St.Johns phenom didn't hear his name called on draft night, but Ponds has elite scoring ability and vastly underrated playmaking skills. Chris Clemons will be a name that most don't know, but he's another undersized guard that can light it up from just about anywhere on the court in a hurry. Isaiah Hartenstein was outstanding playing with the Rio Grande Vipers of the G-League last year, and he should be in line for a big summer.
- I will be incredibly intrigued with the progression of Alize Johnson for this Indiana Pacers team. For those that don't remember Johnson, he was a second round pick for Indiana last year and spent some serious time developing with the Fort Wayne Mad Ants of the G-League. Johnson showed serious promise in the G-League and has a SERIOUS nose for the ball on the boards. Goga Bitadze will draw plenty of attention around the league, and the Pacers could have themselves a nice piece moving forward to develop slowly. Aaron Holiday is the forgotten first-round pick of last year and will be motivated to gain the leaguewide attention at Summer League in his second year.
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
- There's going to be an elite level of competition for this years "players that are too good to be playing at Summer League" award...and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander will be a serious candidate for that nomination. Jerome Robinson will be the one to focus on here. With the emergence of Landry Shamet, if Robinson can show some serious strides in his progression, the Clippers could find themselves with some scary depth. Mfiondu Kabengele is an energetic big man that should fit perfectly in a bench role for the Clippers as he continues to develop. If you haven't already heard, he's the nephew of former NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo.
LOS ANGELES LAKERS
- Don't expect the Lakers to have a ton of firepower on their Summer League Roster but they are still going to have some interesting prospects that can definitely carve out a role with this team. Recent reports have that Talen Horton-Tucker has a stress fracture in his foot, which will most likely keep him out of Summer League action. THT was one of the youngest players in this draft class and will be a long term project for this team. He's a fascinating sleeper moving forward. Zach Norvell is one to keep an eye on. He's got great potential to be an intriguing 3-and-D role player early on in his career.
Jaren Jackson Jr
- Memphis will have one of the most entertaining Summer League rosters in Vegas this summer and all eyes will be on the potential combination of Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. Morant is expected to miss the beginning of Summer League, taking place in Salt Lake City, as the team proceeds with caution as he's recovering from a cleanup surgery. Jaren Jackson Jr should be a candidate for "okay he doesn't belong here" but more on that in another article. Keep a close eye on Jevon Carter who should be much improved after spending the majority of his first year getting up to speed in the G-League for the Memphis Hustle. Grayson Allen was just acquired via the Mike Conley Jr trade and should be a great fit with this roster.
- I like where Miami is during the offseason and keep an eye on last year's 2nd team All G-League selection Yante Maten as a sleeper breakout player at Summer League. Maten was the Heat's Two-Way player last year and was very impressive in his rookie year for the Sioux Falls Skyforce. This years lottery selection Tyler Herro will draw plenty of attention with his smooth shooting stroke. KZ Okpala is a raw lengthy wing that should spend plenty of time in the G-League in his first year. Kendrick Nunn was a late add to the Heat roster at the end of the year last season after spending most of his time in the G-League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. Nunn is lightning in a bottle and can score in a hurry.
- DJ Wilson and last years rookie selection Donte DiVincenzo can become some serious role players for this Milwaukee Bucks team moving forward with an impressive summer. The Bucks are going to be hoping that DiVencenzo especially can make some big leaps forward in his progression. NCAA tournament phenom Fletcher Magee will get a shot to prove some doubters this Summer League.
Naz Reid (TW)
- The T'Wolves will put out a pretty strong Summer League roster that should have plenty of talent moving forward that can make this roster. Jordan McLaughlin and Cam Reynolds were both very impressive in the G-League last year. Reynolds spent the majority of the time with the Stockton Kings before getting called up to end the season. McLaughlin is still developing offensively but shows great promise as a potential back up floor general with an underrated feel for the game.
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS
Zylan Cheatham (TW)
- Zion Williamson-mania will be in full effect in Las Vegas and all basketball fans should be excited. This team will have a couple of really nice developmental pieces moving forward. Big man Jaxson Hayes should have a lot to gain by some summer league run. The former Texas Longhorn big man is an athletic rim runner and should have plenty of highlight block attempts for the Vegas crowd. Don't forget about the versatile ball handler Nickeil Alexander-Walker who is going to be a great piece for this Pelicans team. "NAW" is the cousin of LA Clippers young ball handler Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. Zylan Cheatham has the potential to carve out a role as a bench player for this team.
NEW YORK KNICKS
- Everyone will have their attention on RJ Barrett but don't underestimate the development of big man Mitchell Robinson. Allonzo Trier will be on a warpath to make sure everyone didn't forget that he was undrafted last year. Although the media has focused on the Free Agency saga of the Knicks this last week, it should be a great Summer League for New York moving forward.
OKLAHOMA CITY THUNDER
Luguentz Dort (TW)
- Thunder fans are going to want to take the long road approach with this year's first-round selection Darius Bazley. The former High School star & "Intern at New Balance" has had a very interesting path towards getting to the NBA and will have his fair share of growing pains. Luguentz Dort has the potential to be a steal as a UDFA and Two-Way contract. The high flying Hamidou Diallo was starting to show some serious flashes for the Thunder last year before a small injury setback and he could be in line for a nice leap forward in his progression starting this summer.
DaQuan Jeffries (TW)
Melvin Frazier Jr
- A lot of eyes around the league will be on Mo Bamba to see what he can do in his second year with the Magic. DaQuan Jeffries was a bit of a surprise undrafted candidate and has all of the potential to stick on this roster as a 3-and-D weapon. Tyler Davis was a monster in the G-League last year for the Oklahoma City Blue as a Two-Way player and then was waived. He's an old school type of big and might be a sneaky signing for the Magic. Melvin Frazier Jr could use a big summer to carve out a more consistent role in the rotation.
- The Shake Milton hype train figures to be full steam ahead with a solid Summer League debut. The former SMU product showed plenty of ability in the G-League last year and has a good combination of feel and size for a combo guard. Zharie Smith had a late start to the season for the Sixers but has some serious breakout potential in Las Vegas. Keep an eye on Marial Shayok as a sneaky second-round pick. The Sixers are supposedly high on him and he could carve out a spot on this roster.
- The backcourt situation in Phoenix will be the top storyline for the Suns. Last years rookie Elie Okobo will look to battle for a backcourt role with new selection Ty Jerome. Smooth shooting forward Cameron Johnson will be motivated to show the rest of the NBA that he was worthy of the 11th overall selection from Draft Night. Mikal Bridges should be possessed this Summer League after an up and down rookie year and don't be surprised if he turns some heads.
PORTLAND TRAIL BLAZERS
- This Portland team will be most curious to see just how close rookie selection Nassir Little is towards contributing on a nightly basis. Another name to keep a close eye on is raw ball handler Anfernee Simons who showed some growth during the end of last year with the Blazers. Former Wake Forest forward Jaylen Hoard signed a Two-Way contract with the Blazers after going undrafted and has some longterm potential as a project.
Marvin Bagley III
- The Sacramento Kings usually host the "California Classic" and it will be interesting to see if we see Marvin Bagley III or Harry Giles in game action before Las Vegas. Expect both of the bigs to have potentially big Summers. Justin James is a nice second-round option by the Kings. The former Wyoming product has good size and some sneaky athletic ability.
SAN ANTONIO SPURS
Lonnie Walker IV
- We all need to admit that we are excited to see what Lonnie Walker IV can do after a full year of "being a Spur." He's going to need to showcase an improved ability to score off the bounce but after a rookie year of development, he should be in for a big Summer League. Quinndary Weatherspoon is another player I think landed in the perfect spot getting drafted in the second-round. Luka Samanić is a very young skilled big that should find himself opening some eyes across the NBA.
- Last years G-League Defensive Player of the Year and MVP Chris Boucher will have the most to gain out of Summer League. Boucher has been slowly developing for the Raptors 905 and it's time for him to finally take the next leap forward. Sagaba Konate was a UDFA add and might be the next in line to develop as a raw offensive/shot blocking big in the G-League. Dewan Hernandez has UDFA steal written all over him after a crazy draft process.
- Utah will have themselves a bit of an interesting Summer League team that will most likely be very raw. Miye Oni is a promising developmental talent out of Yale with good athleticism but needs some time in the G-League. Justin Wright-Foreman is a microwave out of the backcourt and don't be shocked if he has a couple of big performances. Frankie Ferrari deserves a shout out here for having one of the best basketball names of all-time.
Troy Brown Jr.
- I'll definitely be most interested to see where Troy Brown Jr is in his development as I believe he has a big opportunity to carve out some serious playing time with the Wizards this year. Admiral Schofield landed in a great spot and should be motivated to show teams he deserved to go earlier in the NBA Draft. Rui Hachimura will open some eyes with his size and athleticism but he will have plenty of growing pains catching up to the speed. Don't be surprised if Corey Davis comes out with his hair on fire...there's steal potential there.