Being a talented player is always a great, if not sure, way for one to climb his way to success in the NBA betting lines. However, in a world where hard work, playing in the right position, being surrounded by like-minded teammates and general discipline often determine a player’s aptitude of success more than his talent does, it is no wonder some of the greatest players in the NBA are people who might have been overlooked by teams in the NBA draft.So rather than talking about the top picks, this article will be focusing on those players who were selected starting from the late in the first round, but are already looking like big draft steals for their respective teams, going by their showing in the summer league.
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Jerian Grant, Knicks, No. 19 overall
In his time at the Summer League, Grant proved pivotal to his team, making several plays for his teammates and using his good ball-handling skills to impress both on the offense and defense. After a lot of struggles at the point guard position, Grant may be the team’s new-found long-term solution, offering a chance for dual-threat minutes both offensively and defensively.
Delon Wright, Raptors, No. 20 overall
Despite playing just two games in the Summer League, Wright impressed greatly by not turning over the ball to his opponents and setting up his teammates nicely for amazing plays. In addition, his ability to handle full court pressure was pro-like, managing the opposing defenders with great expertise and seamless ease.
Justin Anderson, Mavericks, No. 21 overall
Anderson started all the six games for the Mavs in the Summer League, finishing second on the team in scoring while averaging 17.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. To prove his worth as a bonafide steal, Anderson was busy all over the field, averaging 43.4 percent shooting from the field and 38.5 percent from downtown. With Wesley Matthews, Deron Williams and Chandler Parsons all having injury risks, there’s no doubt that Anderson could be a huge relief player for the Mavs in the 2015-16 NBA season.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Nets, No. 23 overall
In the 10 games he played in the Summer League (5 in Orlando and 5 in Vegas), Hollis-Jefferson was nothing short of spectacular, showing excellent rebounding skills, solid rim presence, and great on-field vision that allowed him to generally defend well and make a couple of handy steals for his team. And although he is not much of a shooter, he was still able to score nicely when playing close to the rim, forecasting a bright future ahead of him.
Jordan Mickey, Celtics, No. 33 overall
After missing out on being a first-rounder at the expense of his teammate Jarell Martin, Mickey proved his doubters wrong by posting an eye-raising 52.7 percent shooting from the field during his eight Summer League games in Orlando and Vegas. Even more notably, Mickey had three double-doubles in his first five games and finished the league averaging 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds, indicating how big a steal he is for the Celtics.
Joseph Young, Pacers, No. 43 overall
For the Indiana team that has been a bit short on scoring, Young is certainly a huge addition to the team. His managers must be impressed after he remarkably averaged 22.5 points on 50.8 percent shooting from the field and posted an astounding 45 percent shooting from the 3-point range in his four games at the Summer games.
Norman Powell, Raptors, No. 46 overall
Arguably the best second-round performer in the Summer League, Powell was in a class of his own, averaging a whopping 18.2 PPG on 50.4 percent shooting from the field in the four games he played for Toronto. In addition to his scoring, Powell recorded six blocks and six steals, while going 4-of-9 from beyond the arc. So although Toronto is already crowded in the wings, there’s no denying that Powell could be a massive impact-player and big steal to them in the course of the year, given a chance.
Branden Dawson, Clippers, No. 56 overall
The Clippers are undeniably loaded with a star-studded starting line-up and a strong bench. Even so, Dawson could find his way into the team’s rotation if he continues to impress like he did at the Summer League, averaging a double-double of 12 points and 10 rebounds on 52.2 percent shooting from the field. And for good measure in the defense, he had seven steals and five blocks in his last two games in Orlando, giving full money’s worth for a very late second round pick.
Noteworthy Steals from the Undrafted Free Agents
- Alan Williams (Rockets): He led all summer league rookies with 20.5 points and 11.7 rebounds per game in four appearances.
- Ryan Boatright (Nets): In 9 games, he averaged 14 points on 41.2 percent shooting from the field and impressed with 43.6 percent shooting from downtown.
- Terran Petteway: He averaged 11.5 points on 43.1 percent from the field, including scoring all his first eight shots on Saturday.
- Jonathan Holmes: Exploded for 46.8 percent shooting from the 3-point range on 28 attempts over eight games.