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Top 10 2022 NBA Rookies That Stole The NBA Summer League

Ardy is a freelance residential basketball athlete. Watches every GSW match and passionate to know more about NBA.

Paolo Banchero

Paolo Banchero

NBA Summer League, a league that's used to assess and make some talents adapt to NBA condition since the players that participate in the league are those who are new in the league or from G-League.

Of course playing in the Summer League is not as difficult as playing in the NBA but still, players' performances in the league are counted as considerations whether they are potential or nah. For rookies, playing in the NBA means they play on a whole different level. It's like swimming in a tank full of sharks.

Pressure must be felt by them, but these players had proven that they could beat the league. Who were they? Check these out!

1. Keegan Murray

Keegan Murray

Keegan Murray

An amazing play by a man aged 22 year old had almost proven that he was really worth it to be a superstar. He was contracted by Sacramento Kings on the 4th overall 1st round draft pick. He was a shooting guard who won 2022 NBA Summer League MVP averaging 31.9 mins per game, 23.3 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.3 blocks per game. He was so sharp, a shooting guard Klay Thompson aike with 3.5 3 points made with 40.0% accuracy.

2. Bennedict Mathurin

Bennedict Mathurin

Bennedict Mathurin

He was a guard from Indiana Pacers who came up to the league on 6th overall 1st round draft pick. He was a pure scoring machine with an average of 22.4 mins playing time, 19.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, and 0.0 block per game.

3. Paolo Banchero

Paolo Banchero

Paolo Banchero

No doubt he is in the list since he was a man with hope which was reflected by his draft pick (1st overall round 1 draft pick). He also performed so well on the Summer League with an average of 30.1 playing minutes, 20.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 2.5 steals, and 1.0 block.

He was an all-rounded player and could be placed anywhere including center as well. He shoots, he dribbles, and he makes your girlfriend turns.

4. Tari Eason

Tari Eason

Tari Eason

Eventhough his draft pick condition was not that hype, his performance on Summer League showed that he was really worth it. He was a member of 2022 All-Summer Leauge First Team and really mastered rebounding, Dennis Rodman alike, but he was a modern big man type who could shoot. His average stats were 27.5 mins playing time, 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.8 steals, and 1.0 block.

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5. Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Matt Ryan

Although he couldn't perform maximally on the leage due to his ankle injury, he still showed his beast which no one in the league could perform. Here, we are talking about his 3 point skill which was averaging 52.6% accuracy. His other stats were also great with an average of 22.9 mins playing time, 19.0 points, 1.5 rebounds, 0.5 assist, 1.5 steals, and 0.0 block.

The most impressive thing in him was his shooting accuracy really. Not only 3 point, his field goal percentage was also damn high with 55.0% accuracy.

A man aged 19 year old that had proven it all. First by joining into the USA national basketball team and winning the FIBA U-19 Basketball World Cup gold medal and second by performing so greatly on the NBA Summer League. He was a tanker with an average of 21.7 mins playing time, 15.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.4 steal, and 0.4 block. The only thing he could improve was his defense that still performed relatively unwell considering he was a big man.

7. J.D. Davison

J.D. Davison

J.D. Davison

Jerdarrian Devontae Davison or J.D. Davison (to make it easy and luckily he is famous of it) is a 19 year old Boston Celtics rookie that is often called "A Steal Deal" since he was chosen on the 53rd overall 2nd round NBA draft pick but could perform as menacing as the other 1st round pick.

During NBA Summer League, he averaged 30.3 mins playing time, 13.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 1.2 blocks. He is 2022 Summer League assist leader.

6. Kenneth Lofton Jr.

Kenneth Lofton Jr.

Kenneth Lofton Jr.

8. Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren

Chet Holmgren

A modern type of big man who had proven that he was ready to rule the league. He did not only drive, he was more than that. He drives, he shoots, he rebounds, he steals, and he blocks!

Those were really reflected by his average stats which were 27.0 mins playing time, 12.0 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 blocks, and 2.0 steals.

9. Jabari Walker

Jabari Walker

Jabari Walker

As a power forward, he did his job so well. Even for a center, he was categorized dope too. During the Summer League, he averaged 22.0 mins playing time, 12.4 points, 9.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.0 block, and 1.0 steal. The rebounds he brought to the team were something else. No doubt Blazers won the league.

10. Blake Wesley

Blake Wesley

Blake Wesley

Blake Wesley was the focus of Spurs' attack. He was a guard averaging 30.6 mins playing time, 17.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, 5.0 assists, 1.6 steals, and 0.2 block. He was equipped with great positioning and court vision.

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