Las Vegas Summer League Projected Standings
1 Phoenix Suns- Suns have the best depth which is important in Summer League when you rotate minutes. Guys are playing with something to prove, minutes in reg season. I loved Marshall in college and didn't see him much last year hopefully he finds a niche. Great size with both Morris twins, Oriakhi, and Onuaku. Christmas, Garrett, and Goodwin gives them a great bench. Cohen and Babb can really stroke it too. Great SL team.
2 Denver Nuggets- This lineup has it all. Hamilton gives scoring, Fournier can stroke it, Miller provides athleticism. Also tons of grit guys... Harangody, Howell, Releford, DJO. Three solid PG's too, Uzoh, Green, and Galloway
3 Portland Blazers- I doubt Lillard plays much because he is the league's best player. Surprised no Thomas Robinson on the roster. McCollum and Barton are nice players. A lot of NBA experience on this team. Supposedly Leonard has added some post moves.
4 San Antonio Spurs- Spurs feel like a team like OKC which rotated its players. Joseph looked solid down the stretch and Marcus Denmon can really stroke it. Really solid team... huge Hollis Thompson fan. Hopefully Deshain Thomas can play passable D.
5 Memphis Grizzlies- I feel Wroten and Franklin will both have big weeks. Leuer stretches the floor, Cooley will outhustle and rebound, and Blue gives them scoring pop. A lot of athletes on this team.
6 Toronto Raptors- Valanciunas and Ross should dominate when out there. Stone is an intriguing player. Wright and Downs proved their worth in Orlando. Quincy Acy is a workhorse... he will impress.
7 Washington Wizards- Sundiata Gaines gives them a veteran PG to go along with great athletes, Vesley and Singleton and highly rated Otto Porter. Glen Rice should add backcourt scoring. Devin Booker gives them an active big.
8 Atlanta Hawks- One of the best guard corps in SL, Cunningham, Schroder, Mack, Jenkins. Mike Scott should be the leading rebounder. Muscala is a very talented face up player. Interesting that Bebe isn't on the roster.
9 Los Angeles Lakers- Josh Selby already proved he can play SL and Douglas Roberts and Hayward give LA a strong veteran presence. Mitchell Watt gives them an active shot blocker.
10 Miami Heat- Supposedly Dwight Buyucks is on this team which gives them a good PG. James Ennis, Scotty Hopson, and Jarvis Varnado were promising in Orlando. Damion James adds scoring punch off the bench.
11 Charlotte Bobcats- Lack of a quality PG holds this SL team back. Biyombo, Gilchrist, and Taylor lead what could be SL's best defense. Ex-factor Triche. McGruder played well in Orlando and should be a spark off the bench.
12 Chicago Bulls- Marquis Teague needs a good week. Murphy will have a Grant Jerrett type impact. Snell needs to show assertiveness. Goudelock is the sleeper. Lack of size may hurt.
13 Cleveland Cavs- Dion Waiters should dominate, but he may sit out games. Kevin Jones is a workhorse as is Carrick Felix. Kadji and Harper can really stroke it, Quinn and Dellavedova are steady. Taylor and Higgins should pick up slack when Waiters sits.
14 New York Knicks- I doubt Iman Shumpert plays much later in the week. Like Reggie Jackson, he is simply too good to be in summer league. I am interested that he is running PG though. Tony Mitchell was good in Orlando and CJ Leslie could be a major steal.
15 Dallas Mavs- I like Ledo and Crowder as much as anyone but there is a possibility that Ledo struggles with the increased competition. This will be my first look at Gal Mekkel and Alexandre Paranhos. Crowder needs to dominate.
16 Milwaukee Bucks- John Henson is the best player on this team, but players in his shoes usually sit a game or two. Look for Wolters and Jones to have an immediate impact. Solid depth
17 Minnesota Wolves- This team lacks the shooters that other teams have, but Shabazz will make sure to contribute in the scoring column. I expect 20+ ppg from him over the next week and a half. If Dieng plays well Wolves could be better, but they may have scoring droughts due to lack of shooters.
18 Golden State Warriors- This will be my first look at Nemanja Nedovic who should start at PG for the Summer League team. Clark proved himself in Orlando and Draymond Green should be good. Im not thrilled with their frontcourt though.
19 New Orleans Pelicans- Can Austin Rivers turn it around? Roberts, Miller, and Thomas should be solid but this team lacks some talent/depth compared to other teams. Withey and Pierre Jackson are not on the roster, if they play they will finish higher.
20 Sacramento Kings- A lot of inexperienced players especially in the front court. Lighty and Gordon didn't stand out in Orlando and may play major minutes on this team. McCallum/McLemore backcourt could keep them in games. Clyburn is a sleeper
21 Los Angeles Clippers- Im not a huge fan of this roster... A lot of scoring responsibility is put on rookie Reggie Bullock and they have a very inexperienced big man crew. I like Brandon Davies though.
22 DLeague- Lack the summer league star power of other teams, but have some solid guys who could surprise
They mean nothing. Teams are trying out players and coaches, the standings mean nothing.
im betting the Dleague team does a LOT better than you think they will.
I don't usually make bold predictions like this, but I'm taking Keydren Clark as the best player on the twolves summer league roster.