The NBA tracks team stats and results at the Las Vegas Summer League. It even crowns a champion at the end of the event.That’s not why a lot of fans tune in, though.They want to see the stars of tomorrow and the early flashes of that sky-scraping potential. The following teams—ranked by prospect quality and excitement of their play—all arrive in Sin City with a significant number of eye-catching up-and-comers.
If Chris Duarte’s toe injury doesn’t keep him off the floor, he’ll immediately form one of Vegas’ most perimeter-friendly partnerships with No. 6 pick Bennedict Mathurin. Rookie second-rounder Andrew Nembhard should shine as the table-setter between them, Isaiah Jackson could swat everything in sight and undrafted rookie Fanbo Zeng is a name to watch with an intriguing blend of size (6’9″, 200 lbs) and shooting.
The Magic arguably belong on the actual list on the strength of top pick Paolo Banchero alone. The 6’10”, 250-pounder boasts a wide array of scoring tricks and an impressive number of polished skills for a teenager. Still, Orlando’s roster loses a lot of steam after Banchero, although 2020 first-rounder R.J. Hampton is worth tracking ahead of a critical third season.
Portland Trail Blazers
All eyes are on the 2022 draft’s mystery man, Shaedon Sharpe, who was selected seventh despite never taking the floor at Kentucky. There’s a non-zero chance he looks like the best player in Las Vegas despite the lengthy layoff. Beyond Sharpe, the Blazers have a few ultra-bouncy wings in Keon Johnson and Greg Brown III, plus skilled center Luka Garza, who could put up massive numbers.