Lester Quinones concludes the Summer League with a masterful performance

NBA: Kings Summer Classic-Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets

NBA: Kings Summer Classic-Golden State Warriors at Charlotte Hornets

We are long past the point where most teams face their best players in the Summer League. Cleveland, Utah, Houston and Brooklyn will battle it out for the NBA 2K24 Summer League Championship over the next two days, and teams that didn’t play Saturday will play their final game Sunday. In the last two weeks of games, a lot of sophomore guys have played (Keegan Murray, Jabari Smith, etc.), and we’ve had a taste of what other rookies can provide (Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson , etc.). Now we see more later picks, as well as a ton of players trying to get contracts. Since very few of these players stand a chance of making an impact on fantasy basketball this coming season (or even in future seasons), let’s talk about which ones have the best chance!

Amari Bailey

A former five-star recruit, Bailey was selected with the 41st pick in the draft after a lackluster season at UCLA. For the most part, his minutes were limited this summer, but he was able to play his biggest role yet in the Finals, which saw him finish with 17 points, three rebounds and three assists in that game. The advantage is there, but we don’t know what his role will be this season.

James Nnaji

Charlotte nabbed Nnaji with the 31st pick in the draft, although his role hasn’t been huge this summer. Like Bailey, he was able to play a bigger role in this game and he posted a 10/4/1/1/5 line on a 3 for 5 shot. Even in a limited role, he managed to crush his fair share shots this summer. Mark Williams will be the starting center in Charlotte, but there’s a chance Nnaji could earn the backup role in a few seasons.

Josh Minott

Minott hasn’t played much in his rookie season (15 games, 96 minutes overall), but he’s been great so far this summer. He didn’t have a great game on Saturday (13 points, four rebounds, two blocks, 5-for-10 FG), but before that he was averaging 17.3/6/1.3/1/1.5 . It may not be this season, but Minott is a dynasty reserve who could certainly benefit managers in the future.

Leonard Miller

It’s a bit of a surprise that Miller ended up falling to Minnesota in the second round. For the G-League Ignite last season, he averaged an 18/11/1.6/0.9/0.8 ‚Äč‚Äčline on 0.554/0.327/0.792 shooting intervals. He didn’t have his best game on Saturday (4 in 14 FG, line 13/7/1/1), but overall he’s been great this summer. He should have a role for the Timberwolves this season, although it may not be big enough for him to contribute to the fantasy. However, within a few seasons, he could be a real factor in fantasy hoops.

Lester Quinone

After spending the majority of his rookie season in the G-League, Quinones has been a star this summer. He dominated on Saturday with a 32/4/6/3/2 line and has been a great goalscoring option this summer. Of course, he notably drew comparisons to Jordan Poole, who plays the same way and also spent time in the G-League before playing for the Warriors. Could Quinones be the next Poole? Only time will tell, but his performance in the Summer League is encouraging.

Trayce Jackson Davis

TJD slipped late in the second round after being thrown around 20 picks earlier. He’s an older rookie who could end up seeing some minutes in his freshman season, especially at Golden State. He could replace Kevon Looney and see 15-20 minutes, which should provide some value in the deeper leagues. He finished with an 18/10/2/2/2 line on Saturday to end a strong summer.

Brandin Podziemsky

Podziemski didn’t have a great summer after the Warriors selected him with the 19th pick. He finished it with an 11/6/5 line on Saturday, despite having five turnovers and shooting 4 for 13 from the field. He struggled with his shooting, but he should be able to find minutes in his rookie season after Donte DiVincenzo left.

Gradey Dick

After being drafted with the 13th pick, Dick is expected to play an important role in his rookie season. He didn’t shoot the ball well this summer, but he finished with a solid performance (21/5/0/2/1 with three 3PTs). He hasn’t played with anyone who will be part of Toronto’s rotation this coming season, so he should be more effective when playing with better players.

Dalen Terry

Terry didn’t play much during his rookie season, but he got a chance to see a bigger role this summer. He delivered solid numbers across the board, but he struggled with his shooting for the most part. However, he finished the Summer League on a high note with a 20/5/4 line shooting 7 for 10 with four 3-pointers. Terry could end up playing a role on the Bulls’ bench this season.

Javon Freeman-Liberty

Summer League MVP? It could be Freeman-Liberty with the way he’s been playing this summer. He averaged 21.2 points and 4.4 assists per game to lead the way for Chicago. Freeman-Liberty played for the Windy City Bulls last season after being drafted, but that could change this season. He’s even more likely to spend more time in the G-League, but he could earn a contract and adapt to Chicago, especially with their need for a playmaker now that Lonzo Ball has been ruled out for the season.

Jordan Walch

After struggling in his only season at Arkansas, the former five-star recruit has been much better for the Celtics in the Summer League. He shot 27.8 percent from deep in his singular college season, but he shot 11 for 27 (40.7 percent) from beyond the arc this summer. He slipped to Boston at 38, and he could end up being a steal for them with the way he’s been playing this summer. He only played 16 minutes on Saturday, but he scored 12 points and hit two 3-pointers.

Denver’s three rookies

Denver made three picks this summer: Julian Strawther (29th), Jalen Pickett (32nd) and Hunter Tyson (37th). All three showed this summer why the Nuggets selected them. They’re all older rookies, but they could see some minutes in their debut season for a team that will fight to repeat as champions. Strawther finished the summer with a 25-point performance, Tyson scored 17, and Pickett posted an 11/4/6 line. It’s not guaranteed, but all three have a chance to play real roles off the bench in their first season.

GG Jackson

Jackson slipped to Memphis to the No. 45 pick after a poor season at South Carolina. However, he was expected to be the first pick in the 2024 draft before then. The advantage is there, but there is no guarantee that he will get away with it. He will spend his rookie season with the Memphis Hustle, but if things go well, he could eventually be worth hiding. However, he didn’t have a great summer and he finished with just eight points on 2-for-11 shooting in his final game.

Toumani Camara

Camara was Phoenix’s only draft pick, and they got him with the 52nd pick. This summer, he showed what he could be if the Suns gave him minutes. He recorded a double-double 20/10 with two blocks in the final. Phoenix has enough goals, but Camara could help do a lot of the dirty work to help the Suns compete for a championship.

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