24 Jul The Boys of Summer: Who Made the NBA All-Summer League Team?
The NBA’s Summer League has just concluded and while waiting for the big show to open in October, let us go back to the just concluded 2015 Summer league and take a look at the five men who made an impact and were named to the All Summer League First Team:
1. Kyle Anderson – San Antonio Spurs
— Bleacher Report NBA (@BR_NBA) July 20, 2015
The gods continue to smile on the San Antonio Spurs. After snatching LaMarcus Aldridge in free agency, the Spurs sent the first woman head coach to the Summer League in Becky Hammon. The former WNBA star then became the first woman coach to win a Summer League title, leading the Spurs to a 5-1 record before beating the Phoenix Suns 93-90 in the finals.
And as if that was not enough, Spurs’ sophomore Kyle Anderson was named as the 2015 Summer League MVP after averaging 22 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.3 steals in the tournament. The #30 pick of the 2014 draft should see more action in Coach Pop’s rotation and will provide 2015 Defensive Player of the Year Kawhi Leonard the much needed oxygen break during the upcoming season.
2. Seth Curry – Sacramento Kings
— NBA Kings France (@NBAKingsFrance) July 22, 2015
The brother has finally made his own “Splash”.
After leading the 2015 NBA Summer league in scoring at 24.3 points per game, Seth Curry has earned a 2-year deal with the Sacramento Kings. Although he isn’t your traditional point guard, Seth rained down the points on Vegas the way brother Steph rained them down on the way to winning the 2015 NBA title and MVP. So is it really in the blood, huh?
Seth had a true shooting percentage of 56.5% and went 36-41 from the foul line en route to scoring a total of 146 points in the Las Vegas tournament. However, Seth shot an un-Curry like 8-36 from the three point area. But you bet Daddy Dell and Steph will help him sort that out. After all, it does run in the blood. In Sacramento, the Kings have a loaded 1-spot with Darren Collison, Rajon Rondo and David Stockton. But Collison is a tweener and Rondo an experiment. So why not give another Curry a shot?
3. Doug McDermott – Chicago Bulls
Chicago Bulls Doug McDermott 2015 Summer League Stats (Final): 18.8 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 48.8% FG, 31.4 MPG pic.twitter.com/CSoWhyIj0i
— Chicago Bulls Rumors (@chicagobullsbot) July 19, 2015
Among the five players in the All-Summer League team, this selection is one that probably isn’t a surprise. Drafted 11th overall last season by the Bulls after being named National College Player of the Year in 2014, Doug McDermott was supposed to be a key player for the Chicago Bulls last season. But this offensive machine never really got going in ex-coach Tom Thibodeau’s defense-first philosophy so he ended up playing just 8.9 minutes per game in his rookie season. Enter Fred Hoiberg, the new Bulls’ coach and the story of Doug McDermott’s NBA career may be about to change.
Showing offensive versatility, McDermott averaged 18.8 points per game on 48.6%FG shooting in 5 games. Surprisingly, he shot just 2-16 from three point distance but knowing McDermott, hitting the three is just a matter of regaining his confidence after that tragic rookie season. Remember McDermott was once named “Doug McBuckets” for being an automatic shooter.
4. Norman Powell – Toronto Raptors
@Raptors guard Norman Powell has been named to the All-NBA Summer League First Team. He averaged 18.3 pts, 4.3 rebs & 25.5 min in 4 games.
— RaptorsMR (@RaptorsMR) July 20, 2015
Following the lead of fellow Bruin Kyle Anderson, Raptors’ 2nd round pick Norman Powell proved that he belongs to the NBA. The 46th pick of last month’s draft averaged 18.3 points and 4.3 rebounds in 25.5 minutes of playing time and was the highest scoring rookie guard of the tournament. Powell also ranked 2nd to Jahlil Okafor in scoring among 2015 rookies.
After being named to the Summer League First Team, Powell earned a three year deal with the Raptors, becoming the sixth among seven second round draftees that have been signed by their teams. Powell thus joins a deep two guard rotation with DeMar DeRozan and Terrence Ross ahead of him in the rotation. But hey, if this 46th pick was the second best rookie in Summer League, we might be in for a surprise.
5. T.J. Warren – Phoenix Suns
T.J. Warren goes from good finish to rookie season into a very good summer league: 4 games, 56.9% FG, 20.3 PPG. Suns have to be encouraged.
— Scott Howard-Cooper (@SHowardCooper) July 16, 2015
This Sun has risen after a rather okay rookie season which saw him average 6.1 points on 52.6% FG shooting. T.J. Warren started his rookie season slow but showed signs of brilliance after the All-Star break by averaging 7.8 PPG and 2.8 RPG while shooting 55% from the floor. But he’s exploded in the 2015 summer league to lead the Suns in scoring and to the title game against the Spurs.
Warren’s All-Summer League first team honors comes after he was also named to last year’s summer league 2nd team, making him one of the most successful participants ever. Warren is projected to play off P.J. Tucker and provide the much needed scoring from their bench. So if there is a bright side of the Suns, it could be next season because Phoenix has also added Tyson Chandler and Mirza Teletovic.
They say that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. But let’s hope that old adage doesn’t hold for these Summer League Fab Five.
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