Monday 21 August 2017 / 06:03 PM

TOP DRAFT PICKS’ SUMMER LEAGUE HIGHLIGHTS

The NBA Summer League may be short on superstar talent, but it’s a valuable platform for emerging young guns and draft picks to showcase their wares ahead of the next regular season.

The NBA has released highlights packages of some of the most hyped youngsters in the league and Summer League standouts.

Buddy Hield

The No.6 first-round pick for the New Orleans Pelicans, the Oklahoma Sooners college star produced averages of 16.8 points, 5.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists in five Summer League games.

Brandon Ingram

The Lakers’ great young hope – and No.2 pick overall in the NBA Draft – Ingram showed outstanding promise in the Summer League at small forward and averaged 12.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 27.4 minutes per game.

Thon Maker

The towering Australian/Sudanese teenager was snapped up by the Bucks with their No.10 pick averaged 14.2 points and 9.6 rebounds in five games to earn All-NBA Summer League Second Team honours.

Ben Simmons

Melbourne product Simmons was the standout No.1 pick for the 76ers, arriving from LSU. He opted to sit out Australia’s Olympics campaign in order to prepare for his rookie NBA season, and averaged 10.8 points, 7.7 rebounds and 5.5 assists in six Summer League outings.

Jaylen Brown

University of California small forward Brown was snaffled by the Celtics as a controversial No.3 pick overall in the Draft, but was rated one of the best rookie performers in the Summer League.

Denzel Valentine

Michigan State shooting guard Valentine joined the Chicago Bulls as the 14th pick overall, making a name for himself immediately when he hit a turnaround jumper as time expired to lift the Bulls to an 84–82 overtime victory over the Timberwolves in the Las Vegas Summer League championship game.

Jamal Murray

The Canadian star of the Kentucky Wildcats, Murray was 7th-pick overall for the Denver Nuggets, and overcame a rocky Summer League star with three strong performances to close out the tournament.

Kris Dunn

The Timberwolves’ first-round pick (No.5 overall) is a 22-year-old point guard from Providence College, and scored a team-high 27 points in his Summer League debut.

[YouTube – NBA]

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Will Evans

CBS’s Editor-in-Chief and lead rugby league, union and cricket writer, Will is a Christchurch-based freelancer, also writing for Big League and Rugby League Review magazines, and The New Daily website. Will has written four rugby league books.

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