As the NBA Summer League begins to dwindle down with the playoffs well underway, it’s time to check in on which former Kentucky players have bolstered their stock and who still has room to improve. Gauging talent in the Summer League comparative to the actual NBA is difficult and can often be misleading, but it still gives fans a chance to see the progress of some of their favorite past players. There are 14 Wildcats who participated in this year’s Summer League, let’s see how they performed.
Bam Adebayo – Miami Heat
Averages in Sacramento (3 games): 34.7 minutes, 12.3 points, 11.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists per game on 34 percent shooting.
Averages in Las Vegas (2 games): 22.0 minutes, 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game on 39 percent shooting.
Hamidou Diallo – Oklahoma City Thunder
Averages in Las Vegas (5 games): 19.2 minutes, 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.4 assists per game on 49 percent shooting.
De’Aaron Fox – Sacramento Kings
Fox played only one game in Summer League before being held out for what was described as “left Achilles stiffness”. In the game he did play, the Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers while Fox tallied 23 points, eight rebounds, six assists, and three steals. Fox is one of those players who was obviously too good for Summer League anyway, so him being held out isn’t a big deal at all and probably has less to do with injury and more to do with him not needing the experience.
Wenyen Gabriel – Sacramento Kings
Averages in Sacramento (3 games): 4.7 minutes, 1.0 points, 0.7 rebounds, 0.0 assists per game on 50 percent shooting.
Averages in Las Vegas (5 games): 16.4 minutes, 6.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game on 39 percent shooting.
Gabriel is one of the few undrafted players who may have played himself right into a training camp invitation. He’s had the Kings’ Twitter account buzzing the last couple days and threw down a monster slam against the Golden State Warriors.
Are you riding ? ?? https://t.co/6LGAbIECKd
— UPM?N™ (@WenyenGabriel) July 14, 2018
Shai Gilgeous-Alexander – Los Angeles Clippers
Averages in Las Vegas (4 games): 27.8 minutes, 19.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists per game on 46 percent shooting.
SGA has looked like the best point guard prospect of this year’s draft class in Summer League. He’s another one of those players who simply looked better than everyone else on the court despite not even playing one NBA game yet. SGA is probably the rookie I’m most excited to watch this upcoming season and he should be for you, as well.
Archie Goodwin – Portland Trail Blazers
Averages in Las Vegas (3 games): 10.0 minutes, 4.0 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.3 assists on 40 percent shooting.
This is Goodwin’s fifth time participating in the Summer League. Unfortunately, he never got a chance to put up the numbers that would earn him a training camp invite, but he’s already been in the NBA before so that phone call still might be waiting for him.
Aaron Harrison – Washington Wizards
Averages in Las Vegas (5 games): 15.4 minutes, 5.8 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game on 19 percent shooting.
Harrison went through a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks towards the end of last season but didn’t do much in Summer League to prove he deserves another shot for the 2018-19 season.
Dakari Johnson – Oklahoma City Thunder
Averages in Las Vegas (3 games): 22.0 minutes, 13.7 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.0 assists per game on 54 percent shooting.
Johnson has continuously improved his shape with every passing year. This year was no different and he looked to be in great form for the Thunder, who continue to stay high on him as he works through his development. The 22-year old averaged only 5.2 minutes in 31 games for the Thunder last season, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see both of those numbers increase, even with the addition of Nerlens Noel.
— OKC THUNDER (@okcthunder) July 7, 2018
Kevin Knox – New York Knicks
Averages in Las Vegas (4 games): 32.3 minutes, 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists per game on 35 percent shooting.
His shot wasn’t always falling, but Knox was easily one of the most impressive prospects among ALL players at the 2018 Summer League. He has plenty to work on, but Knox is looking to be an exciting piece to next year’s Knicks team and the longterm future.
Marcus Lee – Cleveland Cavaliers
Averages in Las Vegas (5 games): 17.0 minutes, 6.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 1.6 blocks per game percent shooting.
Malik Monk – Charlotte Hornets
Averages in Las Vegas (1 game): 28 minutes, 23 points, one rebound, two assists on 56 percent shooting.
Monk played incredibly well in his 2018 Summer League debut, but it was quickly cut short after he injured his hand towards the very end of the Hornets first game. His injury doesn’t appear to be as severe as first reported and he should be ready to go for training camp. Monk is expected to be a huge contributor in Hornets new head coach James Borrego’s offensive scheme.
Alex Poythress – Indiana Pacers
Averages in Las Vegas (5 games): 20.2 minutes, 12.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 0.2 assists per game on 50 percent shooting.
Poythress played 25 games for the Indiana Pacers last season and has hopefully done enough in Summer League for them to give him a chance again this season. His 21 point, seven rebound performance against the Atlanta Hawks will surely help him get there.
Marquis Teague – Toronto Raptors
Averages in Las Vegas (3 games): 17.3 minutes, 6.0 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists per game on 29 percent shooting.
Derek Willis – New Orleans Pelicans
Averages in Las Vegas (5 games): 10.6 minutes, 1.4 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.6 assists per game on 27 percent shooting.