What we've learned from the Las Vegas Summer League
Victor Wembanyama, Brandon Miller, Keyonte George and the second-round standouts..
LAS VEGAS — We are now down to the final weekend of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas and the big names have played their last games until the start of the regular season.
The San Antonio Spurs shut down No. 1 overall pick Victor Wembanyama after two games, and top-five picks Scoot Henderson and Amen Thompson had their participation cut short by injuries. Another lottery pick, Taylor Hendricks, missed the entire summer league due to a hamstring strain.
While the first half of the Las Vegas summer league is all about the top picks, the second half is where teams take a deeper look at second-rounders and undrafted free agents auditioning for two-way deals and training camp invites.
As always, there are several surprises, disappointments and overreactions. The sample size is small, and a lot of the players aren’t in perfect game shape simply because they haven’t played 5-on-5 since the college season ended in April at the latest.
Here is what I observed over the last week in Las Vegas: