Game 5 of the NBA Finals was over a month ago but the NBA continued to dominate headlines with its free agent signings and the Summer League. Although you can’t dissect and extract too much from Summer League performances and outcomes, it gives us a glimpse of some of the young talent that could ultimately be the faces of the Association down the road. The 2017 rookie class impressed in Orlando, Utah, and Las Vegas and lured many fans to their televisions.
In fact, the NBA Summer League experienced an all-time high in terms of viewership that had a lot to do with the Big Baller Brand effect. According to Awful Announcing, on Lonzo Ball’s debut on July 7 against the L.A. Clippers, ESPN drew 879,000 viewers to set an all-time record for the most-viewed Summer League game. The record didn’t last long as Ball, the second pick of the 2017 NBA Draft matched up against the third pick, Jayson Tatum, of the Boston Celtics the next night. That game drew 1.106 million viewers and was the first sold out game in Summer League history.
But Ball and Tatum weren't the only ones who were balling out in the Summer League. There were several second- and third-year players that stood out as well. Here nine guys who caught our attention over the past three weeks.