Lance Stephenson—IND: 14.8 ppg | 2.3 rpg | 1.5 apg
While injuries limited him to essentially three games, he still looked great in his first professional action. Highly touted out of high school, but not as much out of college, Stephenson has a lot of naysayers to prove wrong, and that is what he did in Orlando, looking like one of the best players there. He’s a great scorer (shot 73 percent) and showed flashes of being a solid distributor, which he’ll need to keep improving as he might be looking at minutes at point guard for the Pacers this season.
Landry Fields—NY: 15.6 ppg | 4.8 rpg | 1.2 apg
One of the biggest surprises of the Summer League, as many didn’t project him to even be drafted. He’s not going to blow anyone away with his athleticism, but he’s able to make up for that with his incredibly high basketball IQ. He has a knack for putting himself in the right position at the right time and just knows how and when to make plays. He went a long way this past week in earning himself a roster spot and potentially some minutes this upcoming season.
Damion James—NJ: 18.8 ppg | 5.3 rpg | 1.0 apg
Damion James was upset being drafted as late as he was and played with a real chip on his shoulder in the Summer League and probably for the foreseeable future. The swing man out of Texas was relentless in his attempts to score, trying to prove something to those teams that passed on him. While his shot selection sometimes seemed a bit forced, James shot the ball quite well at 46 percent. He really just seemed dangerous anytime he touched the ball.
Luke Harangody—BOS: 16.6 ppg | 6.8 rpg | 1.6 apg
Harangody delivered one of the most consistent performances from start to finish in this year’s Summer League. He still had the same criticisms coming into this summer, but was able to mostly prove them all wrong. He played with a really good motor, being active on both ends of the court. He hit his jump shots consistently, especially from downtown, shooting 50 percent from three. It looks like he will be a very valuable high-energy, second unit, pick and pop kind of guy.
Larry Sanders—MIL: 14.0 ppg | 8.4 rpg | 3.2 bpg
The long, athletic forward out of VCU impressed this past week with both his offensive versatility and strong defensive play. Sanders has a good face-up game, but is very capable of scoring in the post with his slender frame. He got up and down the court quickly in transition with his athleticism. He rebounds the ball at a solid clip and plays some tough defense.
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