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Nathan’s 2023 NBA Las Vegas All-Summer League Teams
Our own Nathan Grubel takes us through the entirety of the 2023 NBA Las Vegas Summer League and grades out his All-Summer League First, Second, and Third Teams.
As much as I enjoy watching the NBA Summer League, I’m now left a bit sad. No more live basketball until the FIBA World Cup?? What shall I do with my free time??
Well, we can skip past that one. That’s a me problem. BUT… what we CAN do is buckle down for some proper reactions and grade out my 2023 NBA Las Vegas Summer League First, Second, and Third Teams!
Essentially, I’m treating this ballot as I would any other award-style ballot. In my eyes, the 15 best players are making the cut. That means a combination of offensive AND defensive impact, as well as consistency through more than just a few games played (except for a couple of standouts that blew the doors off the competition).
That’s right, I wanted to try and reward those who took on the close-to-full grind of Summer League. I named and wrote about quite a few guys who were “Too Good For Summer League” in my last column, which you can catch up on here.
Are there plenty of guys I could’ve selected for these teams? Absolutely, which is why I have quite the list of Honorable Mentions afterward; I was impressed by more than just 15 players in Vegas, and even beyond this past week going back to the California Classic and Utah Summer League.
The bottom line with this piece is that the NBA is in good hands. There is talent everywhere, from the starters on good teams to the back end of rosters all the way down to the G League and beyond the borders of the United States. This is a global game, and Summer League is always another reflection of that.
No, production here doesn’t mean anyone is guaranteed stardom (or a bust for that matter). What it does mean is that there are a ton of guys deserving of opportunities to prove themselves and earn jobs, and that’s the stage that Summer League is. It’s a showcase, both for development and for further employment.
But that’s enough sentimentality from me. You’re reading this for the takes, so let’s get into it starting with the top performers in my eyes across the Thomas and Mack and Cox Pavilion!
*All stats and information as of 7/16*
**Players are NOT ranked in any specific order within teams or honorable mentions**
Keyonte George, Utah Jazz
3 GP, 21.7 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 6.3 APG, 1.3 SPG, 52.3/44.4/63.6 Shooting Splits
Even though it was only three games, I’d likely give Summer League MVP to Keyonte George for the absolute show he put on in Vegas, and even going back before that in the Utah Summer League.
No rookie came in more polished offensively to these games than George. He was sensational from start to finish, from every level on the floor, finishing at the basket, knocking down mid-range pull-ups, and showcasing unlimited range from three.
What impressed me the most though was how he played within himself during the game. He didn’t force shots, throw a bunch of errant passes, or not compete on defense because he was the engine on offense. George competed through every game, and he gave it his all in helping the Jazz consistently win.
I’m fascinated to see just how much of a role he has for Utah this coming season because George looks ready to step into a starting spot sooner rather than later. His upside as a Jamal Murray type of scoring guard who can make the right reads working off two-man actions is exactly what the Jazz need with a dynamic frontcourt trio of Lauri Markkanen, newly acquired John Collins, and standout young center Walker Kessler.
With more spot-up shooting added around George, his passing could take even another leap, and it already looked really good in Summer League with multiple high-assist outings. His ball placement was excellent, and the timing on his dishes was even better. George was in full control of the offense, in ways that I’m not sure Utah currently has on the roster.
He’ll walk into the NBA and get buckets from day one, but what we saw in Summer League was the George I wanted to buy into early on at Baylor: unselfish, standing his ground defensively, and competing end to end. Will he ever be an All-Defense candidate? No, but he’s strong and built well to defend matchups in the backcourt.
As long as he remains focused on doing the little things, the sky is the limit as his scoring and shooting are going to put the league on notice for years to come.
Jabari Smith Jr., Houston Rockets
2 GP, 35.5 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.0 BPG, 48.8/33.3/85.2 Shooting Splits
Jabari Smith Jr. certainly stole the show through two games at Summer League.
I wanted to reserve most if not all of these spots for players who got in at least three games, but Smith and another one of his Houston Rockets teammates were so dominant through two contests I couldn’t leave them off the First Team, let alone off the ballot completely.
Smith went from a pedestrian first half against the Portland Trail Blazers, to an absolute supernova in the second half, which he carried over into his game against the Detroit Pistons.
What Smith was known for coming into the league was elite spot-up shooting ability and multi-positional defense along with secondary rim protection. While the defense was shown across his rookie season to varying degrees of success, the shooting certainly left more often than it came for him.
Through two quarters against the Blazers, it seemed like that same recipe was about to get cooked up for Summer League. But he became a different PLAYER, let alone get hot from deep.
Smith took guys off the bounce, got to the basket, averaged an absurd amount of free throw attempts, and served as a legitimate passing anchor for the offense. The control, pace, and poise Smith played with made him look as though he were ready to step in as a top option for the Rockets offensively in every aspect.
Now, two Summer League games shouldn’t wipe away everything Smith did during his rookie year. He struggled from two-point range, didn’t pass nearly as well as flashes indicated he could at Auburn, and wasn’t perfect as a spot-up threat. However, Summer League is a playground for development and a showcase of improvements that can start to take shape during the regular season.
I wouldn’t expect the world from Jabari during his sophomore campaign, but his improvement nonetheless is projecting upward in the right direction. And he was without a doubt one of the top performers in Vegas.
Tari Eason, Houston Rockets
2 GP, 23.0 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 4.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 3.0 BPG, 48.7/36.4/57.1 Shooting Splits
Speaking of success for the Houston Rockets, Tari Eason was the second half of a very successful tandem through the first two games in Vegas.
There was little he didn’t do on the floor for Houston. Eason scored in transition, found ways to execute as a shooting and passing threat in the halfcourt, and showcased everything that makes him special from an athletic and defensive standpoint.
Few players are actually built to stop Eason when he gets a full head of steam. Strong, flexible, and more coordinated than given credit for, Eason has the tools to do everything necessary within a secondary or tertiary role offensively. Will he run a billion pick-and-rolls for Houston as a lead playmaker? No, but off catch-and-drives he’s as dangerous as any other combo forward in the league.
Now that he’s getting better at making the right decisions, or pulling up and shooting, there’s much more to his game than just throwing down monstrous dunks at the basket.
Eason’s energy is infectious, especially from a rebounding standpoint. He’s always in position to crash the glass on either end, and he wins extra possessions off that talent alone. He still could stand to reign in some of his gambling defensively, but when he’s able to make the play there’s generally a score coming from it as a result.
The most important aspect of basketball is winning extra possessions, and that’s what Eason does and did for the Rockets in his rookie year and through two Summer League runs. He’s going to compete hard with Dillon Brooks for a starting spot, and he could be a great pick for NBA Sixth Man of the Year in terms of preseason wagers.
Chet Holmgren, OKC Thunder
2 GP, 20.5 PPG, 9.5 RPG, 2.5 APG, 1.0 SPG, 3.5 BPG, 56.0/16.7/75.0 Shooting Splits
While not every part of his game took shape offensively, everything else that Chet Holmgren did in Summer League was a massive success.
Coming in, I can imagine the Oklahoma City Thunder just wanted to get Holmgren reps to get comfortable back in the swing of things entering next season. Not only did he improve game to game between the Utah and Vegas Summer Leagues, but his last performance was a masterclass defensively.
Yes, he scored 25 points against the Pacers, but his defensive dominance was something to behold. No one could bother him on that end, and he had some impressive blocks to reject forwards much stronger than him like Jarace Walker.
Even though he looked off at times trying to create something out of nothing off the bounce in the halfcourt, Holmgren bounced back and showed real grit and toughness protecting the rim, manning the glass, and finishing tough looks in the paint.
His comfort level taking jumpers should translate at some point in the league, but he’s still an excellent finisher inside the arc with real passing chops when plays break down. The number of ways the Thunder can use him offensively should keep the ball moving in every way the team is currently built to do so.
And defensively, he’s the anchor this team needs down low. There are ways to add bulk around Chet for more physical matchups at center, but the way he competes proves that he’ll hang just fine at the position long term because of how he approaches defense as well as his will to never back down.
It was great to see Holmgren not only get his legs back under him but also showcase brilliance to stand out amongst his peers. Given his two-way play, there was no other choice for me but to include him near the top despite only playing in a few Vegas games.
Orlando Robinson, Miami Heat
3 GP, 25.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 3.0 APG, 1.0 SPG, 55.1/33.3/81.8 Shooting Splits
The Miami Heat found a real gem at the center position in Orlando Robinson.
Having gone undrafted in 2022, Robinson ultimately stuck with the Heat and has clearly made the most out of his opportunity to develop. Viewed as a potential option to space the floor at the 5 spot, Robinson’s offensive game has taken a real leap inside the arc off the bounce.
Robinson created looks at will in Las Vegas as one of the most consistent performers at any position. Getting downhill, positioning himself away from the ball, and feasting on any extra looks he could find, Robinson’s understanding of how to be in the right spot at the right time was fully on display. No one had a real answer to stop him, and that’s the type of production the Heat will need more of this upcoming season.
Outside of Bam Adebayo, Miami doesn’t have another big that can post, face, and shoot on offense. His energy on the glass and defending around the basket was also welcome to see in Vegas.
But it’s the offense that defines Robinson’s game, and he proved he’s ready for a role off the bench for a team in the league—especially if he can hit threes, which he did convert on 33.3% in Vegas and shot over 80% from the line on 7.3 attempts per game.
He’s on a contract to prove himself, and he deserves a real opportunity to do so. Hopefully, he earns that in Miami and can sign a longer-term deal in the near future.
Kenneth Lofton Jr, Memphis Grizzlies
4 GP, 18.3 PPG, 6.5 RPG, 1.8 APG, 2.0 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 51.0/46.7/66.7 Shooting Splits
Whether the numbers actually back up the eye test or not, there has been no player I’ve enjoyed watching more aesthetically than Kenneth Lofton Jr. over the last few weeks.
As a do-it-all power forward, Lofton has grabbed rebounds and pushed the tempo, pulled up on threes above the break, created shots off post-up opportunities, handled in the halfcourt, and made plays for others.
His anticipation and activity defensively in terms of how he was able to read passing lanes and time attempts for blocks allowed him to make plays on that end despite not being the best on-ball defender.
And that was really the major knock on him outside of his height for his position: can Lofton defend well enough to stay on the floor?
Because his game offensively is sublime. A gifted ball-handler with ridiculous touch and technique as a forward, there is little that Lofton can’t actually do on the floor because of how he moves his feet and plays the game like he’s figuring out how to win a chess match.
It’s mesmerizing to watch from start to finish, but he’s always in control no matter what he’s doing or where he is on the floor. And it took shape in Vegas through multiple high-scoring affairs and shows in transition.
There’s a role for Lofton to have on the Grizzlies long-term, and it warms my heart to see so many stories of players going undrafted and thriving in their careers. Lofton was underrated coming out of college, and he is yet another success story.
I’ve learned an important lesson in talent evaluation that keeps coming up more often than not. Sometimes, we fail to see talent because as scouts we want to put it in a box and compare it to what we’ve already seen. Yet, these “unique” players end up working out more than anticipated.
Just because the production or player is unconventional, doesn’t mean we shouldn’t trust or believe it can work in the league, ESPECIALLY if the driving force behind said production is a high-level feel for the game and a diverse skills package.
Yes, Lofton needs to continue to work on his body and make sure he’s positioned physically to excel. But outside of that, it’s clear to me he’s deserving of a role with Memphis through and through.
Javon Freeman-Liberty, Chicago Bulls
5 GP, 21.2 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 4.4 APG, 1.0 BPG, 49.3/46.2/77.4 Shooting Splits
While not a guard I would bet a large sum of money on in terms of translating his production to the NBA level on a consistent basis, that takes nothing away from how freaking fun Javon Freeman-Liberty has been to watch for the Chicago Bulls in Vegas.
This man has been on a HEATER for all five games his team has participated in, a number that you just don’t see in terms of games played by standout performers. A smoke show with the ball in his hands, Freeman-Liberty has tickled the twine on nearly every shot he’s taken in Summer League.
Very much a combo guard as opposed to a more traditional role, Freeman-Liberty is as score first as they come yet he’s been very effective. His pace and approach to pull-up scoring have actually led to a number of nice dimes in Vegas because teams simply have to respect his threat to shoot no matter where he is on the floor.
So while none of his passing reads are what I would consider “advanced” per se, he’s taken advantage of all the reads in front of him thanks to his scoring gravity he possesses.
What makes good playmaking is just that, gravity. Are you a threat when the ball touches your hands to pull defenders out of place and create passing lanes? Or are you a player who struggles to get buckets and relies on others to excel away from the ball to open up those same types of lanes? Freeman-Liberty is the former, and it’s allowed him to captain the Bulls to a number of great wins during Summer League.
A likely standout in the G League, Freeman-Liberty has the chance to get a cup of coffee in the NBA and stick around if he can keep shooting as well as he has from range. He’s handled a higher volume role very well, and every NBA team can use guards on the bench that can play the brand of basketball he can.
Maybe not a revelation, but he’s deserving of a spot here nonetheless.
Max Christie, LA Lakers
3 GP, 19.0 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.7 APG, 2.3 BPG, 45.7/50.0/100 Shooting Splits
Now when it comes to revelations, it seems one has taken shape in the city of Los Angeles.
And no, it’s not from one of the vets on the roster primed to make a run next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis from the jump.
Max Christie has been an absolute STUD in Summer League, dating back to the California Classic. Thankfully, he brought that production with him to Vegas and simply shot the cover off the ball every time he was on the floor.
Almost exclusively a spot-up and transition scorer last year with the Lakers, Christie’s second-year campaign seems poised to take a leap in terms of variety when he gets on the floor. His confidence in creating shots off the dribble and operating in pick-and-roll sets set him apart from his peers, bringing to light an attractive skill set for a 6’6” wing in today’s NBA.
Christie’s game defensively also took a leap, as we’ve seen more in Vegas of the guy who played at Michigan State than even the emerging defender who won possessions in the G League with the South Bay Lakers.
It’s been incredibly encouraging to see Christie’s confidence soar, and it gives him a real chance to earn minutes with the Lakers during the regular season.
This team needs help on the wing from good athletes with length that can shoot it and put it on the deck. Christie’s development doing the latter is a great thing for Los Angeles, and it is another example of believing in patience and the development of young players.
Look for him to get minutes sooner rather than later this upcoming year.
Hunter Tyson, Denver Nuggets
5 GP, 20.8 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 1.8 APG, 54.1/50.0/87.0 Shooting Splits
Efficiency doesn’t even do Hunter Tyson and his game justice in terms of what he accomplished in Summer League.
The dude just flat-out knows how to play the game away from the basketball. Operating like Duncan Robinson and Steve Novak at their best, Tyson’s shooting gravity opened up so much consistently for himself as well as his teammates. And when he was able to get open corner shots or clean lanes to the rim, Tyson took advantage.
Being 6’9” as a larger wing definitely helps Tyson, and shouldn’t be ignored from a size and strength perspective. Guys weren’t able to knock him off his spots or prevent him from shooting over the top in Summer League just like they weren’t able to at the Portsmouth Invitational or NBA Draft Combine.
An underappreciated player at Clemson this past season likely because of his age, Tyson raised a few eyebrows of scouts when he was selected in the 30s of the 2023 draft. But, sometimes just drafting good role players regardless of age is the right thing to do, especially for a team looking to fill out the bench for a title defense.
Even though he’ll enter into the league as a rookie, Tyson (as well as his other fellow Nuggets draftees) looks ready to come in and play from day one. And having two guys like Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray to play off of should only do wonders for his off-ball game. If Christian Braun can look incredible in spurts for Denver, leave it to one of the best shooters in his class to feast even more in Tyson.
Sam Merrill, Cleveland Cavaliers
3 GP, 18.7 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.3 APG, 48.6/48.4/83.3 Shooting Splits
Sam Merrill caught absolute FIRE through three games for the Cleveland Cavaliers in Las Vegas.
Arguably the best team in the field, it was a true team effort for the Cavaliers to compile the record that the team did across the week. But if there was one player who set himself apart, it was Merrill, who was a wrecking ball from deep.
His standout performance was against the Memphis Grizzlies in which he canned eight triples on his way to 27 points on excellent efficiency. No one on that team could stop him from getting to his spots, and he made them pay off the bounce.
Merrill has had opportunities in the league with the Milwaukee Bucks, but he came to Summer League with the purpose of reminding everyone that he belongs on someone’s bench this upcoming season. While not the biggest guard or the most capable defender, you can’t watch what he did over the last week and not see him as at least a threat to get hotter than the sun coming in to change the pace of a game.
His movement away from the ball, how he can square up and shoot on balance in an instant, and how he’s able to compose himself pulling up off the dribble are all valuable skills for any guard to possess in today’s NBA.
There was no other choice on the Cavaliers but Merrill, and here’s hoping he gets a proper shot to prove himself in the league.
Cam Whitmore, Houston Rockets
4 GP, 19.3 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 2.0 APG, 3.5 SPG, 44.9/26.7/53.8 Shooting Splits
I have zero regrets including a third player from an undefeated Houston Rockets squad through the team’s first four games.
And even though I wasn’t expecting to include Cam Whitmore on an award team after his first few outings, he really took his game to another level after Jabari Smith and Tari Eason shut it down for the summer.
Offensively, he clearly struggled to shoot the ball consistently from range or even from the charity stripe. But outside of missing a few open passing lanes and knocking down some more jumpers, he did literally everything else I would’ve wanted to see from him, especially during Houston’s game against the Golden State Warriors.
Whitmore is a freight train finishing downhill, and he was great at not only getting to the basket but converting when he got there. Experimenting with his pull-up jumper and knocking some down inside the arc got defenders off balance and opened up some more driving lanes for him, which is where his game really excels.
And in the open court, forget about it. No one is keeping Whitmore from getting to the basket whether he has the ball in his hands or is looking to fill the lane for an alley-oop slam.
Defensively, his activity really jumped over his last few games in terms of playing passing lanes and thinking a few steps ahead of the opposing offense. His rotations and anticipation really improved during his time in Vegas, which would go a long way in securing him more minutes during the regular season if those flashes are real.
Yes, the Rockets have a little bit of a logjam at the forward spot now with Dillon Brooks and Jabari Smith seemingly locked into starting positions, and Tari Eason looking primed to wreck opposing teams as a top option off the bench. But don’t sleep on Whitmore to still come in and make a significant impact for a rookie.
He was fourth overall on my personal draft board for a reason.
Dominick Barlow, San Antonio Spurs
4 GP, 17.0 PPG, 8.3 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 BPG, 62.5/0/53.3 Shooting Splits
I could’ve easily put Malaki Branham on this Third Team as the San Antonio Spurs’ representative, as he had some masterclass scoring performances in Vegas.
That 1-for-17 from the field game though took away his consistency, which left the door open for the player who in my eyes was the most dependable during Summer League for the Spurs: Dominick Barlow.
The former Overtime Elite standout opened up a lot of eyes over the last few weeks, averaging excellent numbers across the board while shooting 62.5% from the field on a heavy diet of mid-range jumpers.
It would have been one thing if Barlow did almost all of his finishing three feet from the basket and in, but Barlow’s mid-range touch was reminiscent of young Nikola Vucevic before he extended his shot out to three.
And even though Barlow isn’t a floor spacer yet, his form and effectiveness from the elbows indicate that there’s plenty of room to expand his game especially given how young he is.
Skilled offensively, a monster on the glass, and a mobile defender that can cover more ground than anticipated defensively, Barlow has a ton of upside for a switchable big man that can score away from the basket.
I’m still not sure how he went undrafted, but the Spurs got a real value play here in Barlow who I could envision playing next to Victor Wembanyama at times. He’s not the bulkiest big man like Vucevic, but he’s strong and still growing into his frame. Barlow can take on other big men in the post and hold his own as he did in the G League with the Austin Spurs and out in Vegas.
Well done by San Antonio to find a talent like Barlow to have developing for the future alongside the rest of its young core.
Leonard Miller, Minnesota Timberwolves
5 GP, 15.4 PPG, 8.0 RPG, 1.6 APG, 1.4 SPG, 44.6/36.8/85.7 Shooting Splits
Speaking of how I’m unsure how a few guys fell in the draft, there’s no world in which Leonard Miller should’ve fallen in the second round.
I’d get it if someone said don’t overreact purely to his Summer League stretch, but watching his tape with G League Ignite, I felt compelled to have him as a lottery pick on my personal board. Every NBA team covets the intersection of size, skill, and athleticism. Miller is sitting right there with all three at his disposal!
Still having some work to do on the jumper, Miller shot nearly 37% from deep in Vegas on almost four attempts per game! That is significant progress from knocking down just above 30% of his triples on lower volume in the G last year.
Overall, his mechanics are looking smoother but there are still parts of his form that change from shot to shot. The touch though is what a lot of scouts believed in before the draft as the driver that would eventually lead to improvement in this department, and it’s getting easier to buy into it being there for him long term.
Outside of perimeter scoring, Leonard was as active as ever at securing rebounds, driving to the rim, running the floor, and hunting plays to make defensively. What Miller can’t control each possession is the outcome of a shot or specific scoring move. But what he CAN control is his attitude, energy, and approach. Few prospects in last year’s class actually excelled at all three of those things from game to game like Miller.
Embracing a role, and using his gifts to excel in that role, is what Miller can do in the short term if given an opportunity for the Minnesota Timberwolves. The depth chart isn’t in his favor for earning opportunities early on, but the talent suggests he’s a top nine rotation piece moving forward.
After watching Miller in Vegas, I can’t wait to see his development continue moving forward.
Jaden Springer, Philadelphia 76ers
3 GP, 22.3 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 2.7 SPG, 1.3 BPG, 48.8/31.3/78.6 Shooting Splits
I’m honestly a little surprised Jaden Springer played as much as he did for the Philadelphia 76ers in Summer League.
Coming off a championship in the G League as the team’s best player, Springer didn’t have much to prove in my mind on a stage like this. Maybe new head coach Nick Nurse just wanted to see Springer compete against other potential NBA talent to get an idea for how he can fit on the team?
Because to me, the competition for Springer will be in training camp in terms of earning minutes for the big league Sixers next year. Even though the three-point shot still isn’t perfect, Springer’s productivity on both ends is too much to keep from a rotation spot in the NBA.
The way he’s able to bully his way to the basket, create mid-range opportunities, cut, run the floor, and defend multiple positions. These are all valuable skills for an off-ball player to possess, and he’s a consistent deep ball away from an Avery Bradley-esque career arc in Philadelphia.
Still, I was eager to watch him continue to defend at a high level in Vegas and the number of matchups he can cover even at the NBA level should have fans excited about what he can bring to the table. Having both Springer and De’Anthony Melton ensures that a talented backcourt defender should be able to share the floor with one or both of Tyrese Maxey and James Harden (?) at all times.
I’ve also been encouraged by the passing flashes I’ve continued to see from Springer off a live dribble. While he’s still very much so predetermined in his drives and moves, he’s at least operating with not just a plan when attacking the basket, but a real backup plan in a dump-off option should he be cut off by the defense. Springer continued to show developments in this area in Summer League, and should serve him well when needing to pivot off his initial action in catch-and-drive opportunities with the 76ers.
Summer League can absolutely serve as a springboard into producing in the NBA, and that’s what I’d expect to see from Springer in a role next year.
Lester Quinones, Golden State Warriors
5 GP, 21.6 PPG, 4.6 RPG, 5.2 APG, 1.2 SPG, 37.3/26.7/82.9 Shooting Splits
Lester Quinones looked like a version of Jordan Poole out there for the Golden State Warriors, for better or worse.
Was he the most efficient scorer on the floor? No. Was his team able to win Summer League games? Also no.
BUT! I’m contending that wasn’t entirely his fault, as outside of Gui Santos for a few games, Quinones was the only guy who could consistently create his own shot from the perimeter.
And the good news is that percentages aside, Quinones had some really impressive moments as a shooter off the bounce. At Memphis in college, Quinones was more of a spot-up shooter or catch-and-drive threat when he wasn’t trying to make plays from the top of the floor. Now, Quinones is taking more difficult looks at higher volume with legitimate confidence and looking the part of a scorer that can change the pace off the bench.
He’s an electric athlete at 6’6” with great size at the guard spot. Improving his on-ball defense would go a long way in locking down a role with an NBA team, let alone the Warriors, moving forward, but he’s deserving of another two-way contract. After all, Quinones had some of the most exciting stretches offensively in Summer League and clearly has more talent to tap into.
I could’ve definitely gone with some other choices here out of my honorable mentions, but Quinones did everything in his power to help the Warriors try and win, even taking his defense up another notch towards the end. Teams always need guys like him to be ready off the bench, so I’d expect Quinones to find an opportunity to stick in the short term.