Top Rookies in the NBA Summer League

Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Hunter Sallis (10) comes away with a defensive rebound after a missed shot by UCLA Bruins guard Jaylen Clark (0) and makes an outlet pass; Gonzaga defeats UCLA Basketball 83-63, November 23, 2021, Las Vegas, NV.

This NBA rookie class of 2022 looks like it can be special. The top picks and even players selected later in the draft have impressed thus far.

Paolo Banchero Magic

He got the better of Jabari Smith Jr., who was another candidate to be taken by the Magic with the first pick. In his Summer League debut, he had 17 points as the Magic beat the Rockets. In Banchero’s second game, he scored 23 points with six rebounds, six assists, and four steals. He has looked great so far in Summer League.

Chet Holmgren Thunder

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Holmgren set a Summer League record with six blocks in his debut to go with 23 points. His second game wasn’t as impressive with just 12 points on 3-10 shooting, but his defense and shooting ability has been encouraging so far.

Jabari Smith Jr. Rockets

It has been a struggle so far for the No. 3 pick who was supposed to go No. 1 to the Magic. In his first game he had just 10 points in 31 minutes and his second game he shot 5-19 from the field and scored just 12 points. He will look to turn it around in his next Summer League game.

Jaden Hardy Mavericks

Hardy was talked about as a potential lottery pick last year. He fell to the second round where Dallas picked him. He scored 28 points in his Summer League debut and could be the steal of this draft.

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