Top 5 Rookies
1. Paul George; Indiana Pacers (Fresno State): 15.2, 7.8 reb
Started the week off a little slow but by the end of the week was showing why Indiana is excited about this guy. His ability to knock down the huge shot in crunch time cannot be measured in stats.
2. Luke Harangody; Boston Celtics (Notre Dame): 16.6, 6.3 reb
Might not be the top prospect, but he was the top player among the rookies. He can lead the break, hit the mid-range J, drop threes, work in the post and grab boards like a madman. The guy is just a straight baller with a fire that can’t be taught. A steal at the 52nd pick.
3. Damion James; New Jersey Nets (Texas): 18.8, 5.3 reb
Shot well, played hard, hit the boards, James is showing the overall versatility to impact the team right away next season.
4. Magnum Rolle; Indiana Pacers (Louisiana Tech): 13.4, 7 reb
Magnum is as athletic as they come which leads him to tons of easy baskets and blocked shots. Once he gets his fundamentals figured out, he should have a nice career.
5. Lance Stephenson; Indiana Pacers (Cincinnati): 14.8, 2.3 reb
Stephenson appears to be a steal in the 2nd round. He was very impressive before injuring his thigh cutting through the lane. His ability to attack the basket and score gives him a lot of promise.
Derrick Favors; New Jersey Nets (Georgia Tech): 10.6, 6.8 reb
Evan Turner; Philadelphia 76ers (Ohio State): 9.4, 5.6 reb
Top 5 Non-Rookies
1. Jrue Holiday; Philadelphia 76ers: 19.3, 6 ast
Jrue led the Orlando Summer League in points and assists in a stunning turnaround from last years tough performance. Jrue looks confident and ready to lead his team.
2. James Harden; Oklahoma City Thunder: 17.5, 4 reb
Harden is a complete player who impacts all facets of the game; one of the glue guys who holds everything together. He shoots well, defends well and can run the team. You can’t have enough players like Harden.
3. Terrence Williams; New Jersey Nets: 18.8, 3 reb, 5 ast
Terrence was a scoring machine this week while still managing to run the team well.
4. Marreese Speights; Philadelphia 76ers: 12.7, 9 reb
Speights makes this list for leading the summer league in rebounding while also scoring efficiently as well. The problem is that there is no reason he should not be number one on this list with his ability and experience.
5. Paul Davis; Maine Red Claws (NBADL): 14.8, 6.2 reb
Gets the nod over someone like Derrick Brown who had better numbers, but makes my top 5 because he single handedly won Friday’s game against the Bobcats down the stretch. Paul has an incredible work ethic and does the dirt work in the post.
Joe Crawford; Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBADL): 17.8, 1.3 reb
Jaycee Carroll; Boston Celtics (Utah State): 14.8, 3.8 reb, 2.8 ast
Kosta Koufos; Utah Jazz: 12.5, 7.3 reb
Derrick Brown; Charlotte Bobcats: 15.2, 7.0 reb
Gerald Henderson; Charlotte Bobcats: 14.8, 3.5 reb, 2.8 ast
Josh McRoberts; Indiana Pacers: 14, 3.7 reb
Eric Maynor; Oklahoma City Thunder: 14.3, 5 ast
BJ Mullens; Oklahoma City Thunder: 16.0, 6.3