The best scorers in Vegas Summer League history

Although NBA Summer League success isn’t always a surefire indicator of future NBA success, it can sometimes give us a good idea of who is going to be a smooth bucket-getter once the season rolls around. Just look at the No. 2 player on the upcoming …

Although NBA Summer League success isn’t always a surefire indicator of future NBA success, it can sometimes give us a good idea of who is going to be a smooth bucket-getter once the season rolls around.

Just look at the No. 2 player on the upcoming ranking. Who might that be? One Damian Lillard, who averaged 26.5 points in the 2012 Summer League action. Some might say he went on to become a pretty decent NBA scorer afterward.

And what about the guy who finished right after him on the list, Lou Williams? The Sixth Man legend showed off his future elite scoring prowess first in the 2007 Summer League when he put up 25.2 points in five games.

Below, check out the best scoring averages in Las Vegas Summer League history.

The oldest players in 2022 Summer League

Fans are excited for summer league because it comprises all of the highly touted rookies who were drafted recently, but there are also a lot of players who are trying to get back or into the NBA. Older players have always been a staple in summer …

Fans are excited for summer league because it comprises all of the highly touted rookies who were drafted recently, but there are also a lot of players who are trying to get back or into the NBA.

Older players have always been a staple in summer league, although this year there are not as many big names as last year, when Michael BeasleyKenneth Faired and eventual NBA champion Gary Payton II participated.

Anyways, here are the oldest players that will be a part of this year’s summer league:

2022 Summer League rosters: Who’s playing where this year

NBA summer league basketball will be played in July for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Most of the 2022 draftees are expected to dress up for their new teams – along with young players under contract trying to improve their game …

NBA summer league basketball will be played in July for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Most of the 2022 draftees are expected to dress up for their new teams – along with young players under contract trying to improve their game and free agents looking for new deals.

The NBA Summer League in Las Vegas will once again be the main attraction, with all 30 franchises talking part from July 7 to July 17. Before that, the Kings will host the California Classic and the Jazz will do the same at the Salt Lake City Summer League.

As usual, we’ve put together how the rosters look as of now based on official updates, media reports and HoopsHype’s own sources.

Here you go:

Payton Pritchard was too good for 2021 NBA Summer League

Payton Pritchard was a level above his competition at NBA Summer League

Watching 2020 first-round pick Payton Pritchard slicing up NBA Summer League defenses came as no surprise to Celtics fans who saw the Oregon product have a solid rookie campaign.

He was a clear standout on a Boston team that made it all the way to the NBA Summer League championship game, and the eye test and numbers came together to prove one simple fact: he was too good to be in Las Vegas.

FiveThirtyEight’s Jared Dubin recently looked at what being “too good” for NBA Summer League would mean for players like Pritchard going forward. Using a metric called Game Score to determine their production in Las Vegas, Dubin found that Pritchard had the third-highest average Game Score of anybody in NBA Summer League.

Pritchard’s per game averages jumped off the page as he put up 16.8 points, 5.8 rebounds, and 8.5 assists. All of that production came on 47.8% from the field.

We saw a combination of range, handles, and on-ball creation that should translate to NBA success in year two. We probably won’t be seeing Pritchard in NBA Summer League again, and that’s a good thing.

WATCH: How has Boston’s Aaron Nesmith improved his game this offseason?

The Vanderbilt product was the Celtics’ most reliable player in Las Vegas Summer League.

The Boston Celtics need one of their recently drafted players to develop into a solid, reliable role player if they are to chase banners in all seriousness again. And with the growth we are seeing from second-year small forward Aaron Nesmith in Las Vegas Summer League, they may be on their way to seeing the South Carolina native fit that bill.

The summer Celtics’ leading scorer and most consistent player of Las Vegas Summer League, Nesmith managed to add some new wrinkles to his game while competing for hardware in the Sin City exhibition series, reflecting the level of potential Boston took him No. 14 overall in the 2020 NBA draft.

This growth caught the attention of the hosts of the CLNS Media podcasts “The A-List,” with A. Sherrod Blakely and Kwani A. Lunis discussing the Vanderbilt product’s steps forward as a player in their most recent podcast.

Watch the video embedded above to hear their takes on one of the Celtics’ more promising young players.

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WATCH: Was it a mistake for Boston’s Payton Pritchard to leave Las Vegas Summer League?

Pritchard was not the same when he returned – did he simply have an Off Night?

Did Boston Celtics second-year point guard Payton Pritchard make a mistake by leaving Las Vegas Summer League to go participate in a pro-am tournament in Portland, Oregon? The Celtics were on an absolute tear with him in their initial slate of games before the West Linn native took leave to go drop a boatload of points in the Oregonian exhibition series.

When he came back and convinced Boston’s coaching staff to re-insert him into the summer Celtics’ rotation, the same magic wasn’t there. Should he have simply stuck around if the goal was to win a summer league championship, or did Pritchard simply have an “Off Night”?

The hosts of the CLNS Media “A-List” podcast discussed this quandary on their latest episode, with Kwani A. Lunis and A. Sherrod Blakely debating whether Fast PP left SIn City too soon.

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Grading the 2021 Summer Celtics: assessing Boston’s Sin City performances

Wherein we grade each individual performance throughout the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League of Boston’s roster.

The Boston Celtics may have stumbled at the finish line by dropping the 2021 Las Vegas Summer League title game to the Sacramento Kings, but there were still plenty of positives to take home from the (normally) annual Sin City exhibition series for the Celtics.

But how would we grade the performances of the 13 players who suited up for Boston this offseason? As the team with the biggest point differential and an undefeated record heading into the title game, there’s certainly plenty of praise to be distributed, but what about criticism? Can one even make meaningful assessments of players given the reputation of summer league play as a largely inaccurate indicator of future success?

We’re going to try just the same, so let’s get started.

Patrick Williams, Desmond Bane and the players who were handed the keys at summer league

After a brief hiatus, there are a ton of reasons why the basketball world was glad to have Las Vegas Summer League back on the schedule.

After a brief hiatus, there are a ton of reasons why the basketball world was glad to have Las Vegas Summer League back on the schedule.

While summer league was unfortunately canceled in 2020, the even took place once again this year. Fans have already seen star rookies such as Cade Cunningham and Jalen Green make their pro debuts. They have also seen LiAngelo Ball play particularly well for the Charlotte Hornets.

But as noted by Derek Murray, one of the main benefits of summer league is that NBA teams can allow their younger role players to get more reps on the ball. Players who are typically off-ball shooters or slashers may get the nod to initiate offense for their squad.

Below, we have outlined some of the players around the league who have made the most of their opportunity as the primary creator for their teams in summer league action.

Although these players may not be afforded such looks during NBA action because they’re surrounded by more star power during the regular season, it is incredibly helpful for their long-term development and gives teams a sense of what these players can eventually become.

Note that all player roles are defined by their play-type usage based on the offensive archetype definitions provided by BBall-Index.com. All stats are pulled from Synergy Sports Tech unless specifically noted otherwise.

The top scorers in Vegas Summer League history

The annual NBA Las Vegas Summer League tournament has become a valued tradition to the biggest basketball fans, as it’s everyone’s first opportunity to catch the league’s future stars suit up for their new clubs for the first time, while also giving …

The annual NBA Las Vegas Summer League tournament has become a valued tradition to the biggest basketball fans, as it’s everyone’s first opportunity to catch the league’s future stars suit up for their new clubs for the first time, while also giving everyone a glimpse of potential diamonds in the rough who could unexpectedly work their way onto teams’ rosters.

Vegas Summer League is also a place where many fringe NBA veterans find themselves every year, as their names are big enough to land them coveted spots on those teams, even if their games don’t hold that much promise.

As such, the all-time leading scorers in Vegas Summer League history, for the most part, aren’t future or current NBA stars, but veteran end-of-bench pieces trying to fight their way back in the NBA.

Below, check out the top scorers in Las Vegas Summer League history.

How did NBA stars perform in summer league?

Although the annual NBA Summer League can be a good bit of fun to follow, fans of the sport have realized by now that you shouldn’t read too much into great performances there. With that said, it’s a pretty big red flag if top up-and-coming …

Although the annual NBA Summer League can be a good bit of fun to follow, fans of the sport have realized by now that you shouldn’t read too much into great performances there.

With that said, it’s a pretty big red flag if top up-and-coming prospects struggle in that setting.

The Splash Brothers, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, and Kevin Durant came out firing in their first tastes of summer ball with the pros. Others not so much.

Below, check out how some of your favorite NBA stars performed in Summer League.