Watch Jusuf Nukic throw down best dunk of World Cup qualifying

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Jusuf Nurkic sure looks healthy.

The Bosnian big man brought it against European powerhouse France and led Bosnia and Herzegovina to a 96-90 upset win, scoring 21 and throwing down the best dunk of the competition on 

This game went to double overtime — and Nurkic fouled out — but the No. 46 ranked team in the world (by FIBA) found a way to knock off the No. 4 team in an upset for the ages.

List of 34 NBA players expected to take part in EuroBasket next month

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Already in the tune-up games, Luka Doncic seems to have developed a running hook shot, while Giannis Antetokounmpo and his brothers are dominating for Greece.

There will be a lot of NBA talent playing in EuroBasket — 34 NBA players are currently set to play for their teams in the European championships next month. Thanks to Johnny Askounis at EuroHoops, we have a list of them now.

Here are the NBA players currently scheduled to play in EuroBasket:

Bosnia and Herzegovina:
Jusuf Nurkic (Portland Trail Blazers)
Croatia:
Bojan Bogdanovic (Utah Jazz)
Dario Saric (Phoenix Suns)
Ivica Zubac (Los Angeles Clippers)
Czech Republic:
Vit Krejci (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Finland:
Lauri Markkanen (Cleveland Cavaliers)
France:
Evan Fournier (New York Knicks)
Rudy Gobert (Minnesota Timberwolves)
Theo Maledon (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Georgia:
Goga Bitadze (Indiana Pacers)
Sandro Mamukelashvili (Milwaukee Bucks)
Germany:
Daniel Theis (Indiana Pacers)
Franz Wagner (Orlando Magic)
Greece:
Giannis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Thanasis Antetokounmpo (Milwaukee Bucks)
Tyler Dorsey (Dallas Mavericks)
Israel:
Deni Avdija (Washington Wizards)
Italy:
Simone Fontecchio (Utah Jazz)
Danilo Gallinari (Boston Celtics)
Lithuania:
Domantas Sabonis (Sacramento Kings)
Jonas Valanciunas (New Orleans Pelicans)
Montenegro:
Marko Simonovic (Chicago Bulls)
Serbia:
Nikola Jokic (Denver Nuggets)
Slovenia:
Vlatko Cancar (Denver Nuggets)
Luka Doncic (Dallas Mavericks)
Goran Dragic (Chicago Bulls)
Spain:
Usman Garuba (Houston Rockets)
Juancho Hernangomez (Toronto Raptors)
Willy Hernangomez (New Orleans Pelicans)
Turkey:
Furkan Korkmaz (Philadelphia Sixers)
Cedi Osman (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Alperen Sengun (Houston Rockets)
Ukraine:
Alex Len (Sacramento Kings)
Svi Mykhailiuk (Toronto Raptors)

The Milwaukee Bucks have the most players in the tournament with three, led by the Antetokounmpo brothers.

 

NBA Power Rankings, summer edition: Warriors start on top, but Celtics, Bucks knocking on door

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Usually by this point in the summer all the big offseason moves are made. Not this year — Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and Donovan Mitchell all could be on new teams before the start of next season. Still, with offseason action slowing down and teams’ rosters largely filled out, it felt like time to do a Summer NBA Power Rankings. With, of course, the defending champions on top.

 
Warriors small icon 1. Warriors (53-29). The defending champions deservedly start the next season on top of these power rankings, but to stay there will require some of their younger stars — Moses Moody (who looked fantastic at Summer League), Jonathan Kuminga, James Wiseman — stepping into larger roles to fill the gap left by Gary Payton II and Otto Porter Jr. Plus the youngsters need to help keep the minutes under control for Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and Draymond Green. Donte DiVincenzo was a smart pickup and could have a big bounce-back season in the Bay Area.

 
Celtics small icon 2. Celtics (51-31). Brad Stevens nailed this offseason. The Celtics’ run to the Finals showed the need to add some depth (keeping the minutes for Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown under control) and a little more shot creation. Enter Malcolm Brogdon (in a trade that cost them none of their core) and free agent Danilo Gallinari. The Celtics enter this season knowing who they are and what they want to do — something they figured out during the middle of last season — and they will be in the mix to finish the regular season on top of the East.

 
Bucks small icon 3. Bucks (51-31). Why is everyone seemingly sleeping on Milwaukee as a title contender? If Khris Middleton were healthy during the Celtics series, we might be talking about the back-to-back champion Bucks. No big moves this offseason, but they wisely resigned Pat Connaughton and Bobby Portis to keep them in house. Joe Ingles could get healthy the second half of the season and provide some playoff depth. The Bucks bring back basically the same team that won it all two seasons ago, and that may be good enough again.

 
Clippers small icon4. Clippers (42-40). Finally healthy, this team is scary good — keeping it healthy is what will keep Tyronn Lue and everyone in the Clippers organization up at night. Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are two-way wings who can drive the offense and lock down opposing wings on the other end. They are surrounded by a good and versatile supporting cast with Norman Powell, Ivica Zubac, Marcus Morris, Robert Covington, Luke Kennard and the list goes on. Signing John Wall was a good move, he will split time with Reggie Jackson at the point. Losing Isaiah Hartenstein stings, but this team has the depth to cover it up.

 
Grizzlies small icon 5. Grizzlies (56-26). They took care of job No. 1 this offseason: Lock up franchise cornerstone Ja Morant. After that they largely kept the band together, re-signing Tyus Jones and John Konchar, and using the draft (Jake LaRivia, David Roddy, the latter of whom impressed at Summer League) to replace Kyle Anderson (the Timberwolves) and De'Anthony Melton (the 76ers will love him). Last season’s breakout team should see further player development and the rotation on this deep team should solidify, but is the team that made it to the second round of the playoffs last season ready for another step.

 
Sixers small icon 6. 76ers (51-31). James Harden is taking less money to win — exactly how much less is TBD — and Daryl Morey used that spending cash well to bring in P.J. Tucker, Danuel House and trade for De’Anthony Melton. With Tyrese Maxey ready to take another step forward, this team has all the role players needed to contend — it now falls on Joel Embiid and Harden to show they can be the two superstars on a title team. Not worried about Embiid being able to do that (if he can stay healthy), but Harden? The playoff pressure to perform will fall on him.

 
Suns small icon 7. Suns (64-18). Deandre Ayton is back and, after all the drama, is saying the right things about wanting to be there. Monty Williams will know how to make things right. The Suns extended their superstar in Devin Booker and essentially are running it back — which is the smart move for a team that won a league-best 64 games last season. If 37-year-old Chris Paul can keep playing at this level, the Suns have to be considered contenders, but will they be good enough to come out of a deeper West where the top teams are a little more versatile than them? Or will they look back and rue the missed opportunity to land Kevin Durant?

 
Heat small icon 8. Heat (53-29). The team with the East’s best regular-season record last go around spent the summer trying to land another star to go next to Jimmy Butler, but as of now Durant is still in Brooklyn (and not likely going anywhere for a while) and Miami currently lacks the first-round picks to match the Knicks in the Donovan Mitchell sweepstakes. Losing P.J. Tucker is going to sting, especially in the playoffs. Bringing back Victor Oladipo, Caleb Martin, and Dwayne Dedmon is nice, but this feels like a team ready to take a step back. Unless Pat Riley has another bold move we didn’t see coming.

 
Nuggets small icon 9. Nuggets (48-34). Finally healthy, with Jamal Murray and Michael Porter Jr. back in the rotation next to a just-extended Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets are poised to be a contender. Their offseason put players around that core that will help in the playoffs: Bruce Brown and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Losing Monte Morris hurts a little, but Ish Smith will be solid as the backup point. If everyone can stay healthy and this team meshes, this ranking will be too low for them by the end of the season.

 
10. Timberwolves (46-36). No team pushed all their chips to the middle of the table this offseason like Minnesota — trading for Rudy Gobert (and giving up a lot of picks do so), extending Karl-Anthony Towns on a max contract, and bringing in quality role players such as Kyle Anderson and Bryn Forbes. With Anthony Edwards entering his third season and poised to make a leap, the Timberwolves should be a much better defensive team, win a lot of games, be a playoff team and maybe even host a round (although, in the very deep West, hosting may be asking a lot). Playoff questions abound about this roster, but it should solidly get there and that is a step forward.

 
Mavericks small icon 11. Mavericks (52-32). This may be too low for a team that puts the ball in the hands of Luka Doncic and surrounds him with shooters, plus played better than expected defense last season. The loss of Jalen Brunson for nothing hurts and puts a lot of pressure on Tim Hardaway Jr. to become the secondary scorer and shot creator the Mavericks need. The addition of Christian Wood is a good one. Look for Doncic to come in more focused and have an MVP-level season, but how far can he carry this roster?

 
Raptors small icon 12. Raptors (48-34). Toronto continues to lurk as a potential Kevin Durant trade destination (although all KD trade talks have slowed for now), but aside that the Raptors are largely running it back with their long, switchable, interchangeable and hard-to-play-against system. They signed Otto Porter Jr. as a free agent and he should fit right into this system, and the Raptors also re-signed Chris Boucher and Thaddeus Young.

 
Nets small icon 13. Nets (44-38). I have zero idea where to put the Nets in these rankings, so this is the spot they land. If Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving show up for training camp, and Ben Simmons is ready to play and accept a role, this is a top-five team in this ranking, maybe top three. If Durant and Irving are traded by (or during) training camp, then it depends on who comes back in return, but this spot could be too high. Maybe Durant comes back but not Irving. If either or both come back, how is their attitude and how does it impact the team? Picking up T.J. Warren, trading for Royce O’Neal, and re-signing Nic Claxton and Patty Mills are good moves for a win-now Nets team… but what kind of team are the Nets?

 
Pelicans small icon 14. Pelicans (36-46). New Orleans made both the right move and a big bet on health in maxing out Zion Williamson (in a smaller market, they had no choice). Just how good can this team be with a healthy Zion paired with CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram? Potentially very good. Playoff good. At the very least this team is going to be League Pass favorites and must watch, there will be highlights. Tough blow for the Pels draft pick E.J. Liddell to tear his ACL at Summer League, hopefully he can bounce back in a year.

 
Bulls small icon 15. Bulls (44-36). Is this ranking based too much on the final third of last season and the playoffs, after Lonzo Ball and Alex Caruso got hurt and the Bulls’ defense fell apart? Maybe. The first half of the season Bulls would be higher than this. Chicago re-signed Zach LaVine on the max, which was the smart and only real move they had. Bringing back Derrick Jones Jr. and signing Goran Dragic is nice, but there were no bold moves from the Bulls this offseason. Chicago is good but still feels like a playoffs but not dangerous team in the East.

 
Hawks small icon 16. Hawks (43-39). Dejounte Murray is the perfect backcourt mate next to Trae Young, at least on paper. Murray provides good defense at the point of attack, secondary shot creation, and someone who can keep the offense afloat when Young sits (a long running issue in Atlanta). How far can this backcourt take the Hawks? A lot may depend on the seasons Clint Capela and De'Andre Hunter have? The Hawks now have two Holiday family members in Justin and Aaron, plus they traded for Maurice Harkless.

 
Cavaliers small icon 17. Cavaliers (44-38). This ranking feels too low — the Cavs could finish ahead of teams like the Bulls and Hawks. They did the right thing maxing out Darius Garland (and maybe Collin Sexton still returns, that shockingly still hangs out there), Ricky Rubio is a good pickup once he gets healthy, and Robin Lopez will provide depth beyond Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. Ochai Agbaji looked like a guy who can help from Day 1 during Summer League. All those moves are nice, but whether this ranking does prove to low will depend on what kind of steps forward Mobley and Garland take this season.

 
Lakers small icon 18. Lakers (33-49). Rob Pelinka learned from last year’s roster mistakes and assembled a more athletic and interesting supporting cast this season by getting Lonnie Walker IV, Thomas Bryant, Juan Toscano-Anderson, Damian Jones, and Troy Brown. However, the Russell Westbrook saga hangs over this team — will he be traded before training camp opens? If he does come to camp, will he buy into the role that new coach (and great hire) Darvin Ham wants? Or will this look like last season? However the Westbrook situation shakes out, the success of the Lakers’ season will hinge on how healthy Anthony Davis is and if his jumper returns to form. L.A. needs bubble Davis to have a chance.

 
Kings small icon 19. Kings (30-52). Keegan Murray was one of the standouts of Summer League, winning MVP but more importantly looking like a guy who could step in and contribute for Sacramento from Day 1. Murray running some dribble handoff action with Domantas Sabonis could become a staple in new coach Mike Brown’s offense. Sacramento made moves that could help turn this into a playoff team by bringing in Malik Monk and Kevin Huerter. If De'Aaron Fox can take a step forward and Brown can coach up the defense, even if this team does not have a very high ceiling it could be a playoff team and break the streak. They will need luck and health in a deep West, but the Kings have a solid roster.

 
Knicks small icon 20. Knicks (37-45). While trade talks for Donovan Mitchell have stalled out a little, the Knicks remain the clear frontrunner because they have what Danny Ainge and the Jazz want: Draft picks. Mitchell with just signed Jalen Brunson in the backcourt and RJ Barrett at the three could form Portland East — an entertaining and solid playoff team, one that could have the occasional nice playoff run, but not one that’s a title threat. How many picks should the Knicks give up for that? Re-signing Mitchell Robinson was smart, and Knick fans will love Isaiah Hartenstein, a great signing.

 
Blazers small icon 21. Trail Blazers (27-55). Damian Lillard is going to make north of $60 million in a few years and the Trail Blazers have built an interesting roster around him with Anfernee Simons, Jusuf Nurkic, Jerami Grant and Gary Payton II. But how good is this team? To make the playoffs they will need vintage, All-NBA level Lillard. There are legitimate depth concerns with the roster. Unfortunately a shoulder injury prevented us from getting to see meaningful minutes from Shaedon Sharpe at Summer League, but No. 57 pick Jabari Walker looks like a find.

 
Hornets small icon 22. Hornets (43-39). Charlotte had a quiet offseason, with a nice draft of Mark Williams and re-signing of Cody Martin, but maybe the biggest news was LaMelo Ball changing to No. 1. However, the Hornets slide down these rankings because the team’s leading scorer from last season, Miles Bridges, has been charged with felony counts of domestic violence and child abuse. His status for the upcoming season is unclear (the Hornets retain his rights through a qualifying offer, but right now nobody is going near him with an offer).

 
Wizards small icon 23. Wizards (35-47). They re-signed Bradley Beal to a massive extension and tried to surround him and Kristaps Porzingis with solid role players such as Will Barton, Monte Morris, and Delon Wright (but they let solid role players like Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Thomas Bryant. Will that be enough in a deep East? The Wizards drafted Johnny Davis at No. 10, but after watching him at Summer League we’ll see how much he can contribute during the season.

Pistons small icon 24. Pistons (23-59). Jaden Ivey was injured in too early into Summer League to make much of an assessment (he was explosive but raw in his debut), however Jalen Duren was a standout — blocking shots, throwing great passes out of the post, and finishing at the rim. Him playing with Cade Cunningham could be promising. Re-signing Marvin Bagley III and rolling the dice on Kevin Knox were solid moves for a young, developing team. Detroit is not going to win a lot of games but they should be entertaining.

 
Thunder small icon 25. Thunder (24-58). Chet Holmgren looks better in person than on television/in highlights, and had a strong Summer League. He can impact the game with rim protection from the start of the season, and he and Josh Giddey started to show some chemistry. Add in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the Thunder may not win a lot but they will be entertaining and League Pass favorites. Ousmane Dieng, Jalen Williams and Jaylin Williams have more developing to do, but showed a little promise. Good re-signing of Lugentz Dort.

 
Rockets small icon 26. Rockets (20-62). Jabari Smith showed real promise on defense at Summer League (as much as anyone defends in Las Vegas), although his offense is going to take a while to come along. Smith combined with the impressive Tari Eason brought something Houston needs to the court in Houston. TyTy Washington could be a steal at No. 29 (the latest in a long line of Kentucky guards to shine outside of Lexington). There’s a lot of growth to do, but with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. driving the offense, and the just re-signed Jae'Sean Tate, there is a strong young core in Houston.

 
Pacers small icon 27. Pacers (25-57). The rebuild is on in Indiana, and Bennedict Mathurin stood out in Las Vegas and looked to be a key part of it, scoring 19.4 per game and almost never turning the ball over. Mathurin paired with Tyrese Haliburton is a start. The Pacers did not succeed with the bold move of landing Deandre Ayton, but expect more moves — Myles Turner and Buddy Hield are available via trade and it would be a surprise if either ends the season in a Pacers uniform.

 
Magic small icon 28. Magic 22-60). Paolo Banchero lived up to the hype as the No. 1 pick at Summer League, showing off a versatile offensive game and the shot creation ability the Magic need. He and Franz Wagner creating shots for Cole Anthony, Jalen Suggs (who needs to take a step forward from last season), Wendell Carter Jr., Markelle Fultz and others could make for an entertaining and interesting season in Orlando. Caleb Houstan looks like a second round draft steal. The most interesting thing to watch with the Magic is the possible return of Jonathan Isaac — if he’s back and playing to form on defense, this team suddenly has a potentially dangerous core.

 
Jazz small icon 29. Jazz (49-33). Rudy Gobert is gone, Donovan Mitchell trade talks stalled out but will eventually get done, and the Jazz are tearing it down to the studs for a Danny Ainge rebuild. Expect more moves with every veteran on the roster — Mike Conley, Patrick Beverley and others — all available. Utah’s biggest asset in all the moves likely is its own pick for 2023, which could well be top five in a draft with several franchise players at the top of the board.

 
Spurs small icon 30. Spurs (34-48). The long-anticipated rebuild is on in San Antonio, and Keldon Johnson is now being paid to be at the heart of it. We didn’t get to see Jeremy Sochan at Summer League, but Malaki Branham and Blake Wesley showed flashes of promise in Las Vegas. This is the kind of teaching, developmental job that Gregg Popovich enjoys as a coach, and this team will get better (and likely not finish last in these rankings), but this team also isn’t going to win a lot of games. It’s a rebuild that will take a few years.

Trail Blazers top Knicks 85-77 to win NBA Summer League title

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LAS VEGAS — Brandon Williams scored 22 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to an 85-77 victory over the New York Knicks in the NBA Summer League championship game on Sunday.

It was the third time Portland played in the championship game since 2017, and its second title since.

The Trail Blazers got 36 points from their reserves, led by Jabari Walker, who finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds.

Trendon Watford finished with 19 points and seven rebounds for Portland and was a unanimous choice for game MVP honors.

“They made a run in I think the late third or the fourth,” Watford said. “We stuck together and when we came back in, we turned it up and I’m just proud of all these guys man.”

“It was big time, our chemistry came together since day one and I’m just proud of all these guys.”

The Knicks, with coach Tom Thibodeau sitting courtside, had five players finish in double figures, led by Quentin Grimes, who scored 19 points.

Miles McBride scored 17 points, while Jericho Sims added 13 and Feron Hunt and Micah Potter each chipped in with 10 for New York.

Portland, which came into the game ranked third during the summer league with 42.8 rebounds per game, outrebounded the Knicks, 37-32.

The Blazers, who defeated New York 88-77 earlier in the event, didn’t find their rhythm until the start of the second quarter of the championship, when they opened with three straight 3-pointers that gave them a 21-14 lead. They went on to hit seven 3-pointers in the quarter to build an 11-point lead they’d take heading into the locker room, 41-30.

The Blazers pushed their lead to 16 in the third quarter, with a 60-44 lead built on the strength of 10 points at the rim.

Portland rode its defensive tenacity to the championship, but it was New York’s defense that frustrated the Blazers to start the game. Both teams came out relatively sluggish, with a splash of sloppiness mixed in, as the Knicks shot 5 of 15 (.333) from the floor and the Blazers were just 3 of 12 (.250) from the field.

Summer League standouts: 11 players who caught my eye in Las Vegas

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Summer League basketball is pure fun. It’s entertaining.

It’s also chaotic, guard driven, sloppy, stylistically often resembles more of a pick-up game at the Y than an organized contest, and it’s not a great predictor of NBA success. Like Vegas itself, Summer League is entertainment lacking substance. The games are filled with open big men ignored by guards looking to pad their stats, and Vegas is home to the million-dollar move followed by the 5¢ finish. Some players struggle in Summer League because their games just don’t fit the style, while others thrive in the chaos but can’t translate that to an NBA court.

Yet, we do learn some things. Some players stand out in Summer League and look like their games will translate. After five days in the Las Vegas heat, here are 11 players who stood out to me this year, broken down into a few categories. (Note: This is not an exhaustive list, I didn’t see everyone, this is just some players I noted.)

PLAYERS WHO ARE TOO GOOD FOR THIS LEVEL

These are second-year players who got regular NBA run as rookies, were brought back to Summer League, and quickly showed their games had evolved past this level.

1. Cam Thomas (Brooklyn Nets)

He was a bucket getter in Brooklyn last season, and going against the less talented and far less organized defenses of Summer League, Thomas has thrived. Through three games, he leads the Vegas Summer League averaging 28.7 points a game — he can get to the bucket at will and finish, plus he’s gotten to the line an average of 13 times a game. The only issue of concern, he has not shown improvement from beyond the arc, shooting just 15.4% from 3.

2. Josh Giddey (Oklahoma City Thunder)

He leads the Vegas Summer League in assists at 8 per game, plus he scored 13 a night in the two games he played. Giddey was on the court in both Salt Lake City and Las Vegas to get reps with new Thunder big man Chet Holmgren. He got those reps but in the process showed he had evolved beyond the Summer League level.

3. Quentin Grimes (New York Knicks)

There could be a lot more talent and competition at the two guard spot in New York this fall — although Grimes could be in Utah, where there will be less competition — but he showed in Las Vegas he’s ready for whatever comes next. Grimes has grown and evolved his game, adding some playmaking to go with his defense and shooting. He has averaged 24 points a game plus racked up rebounds and assists in Las Vegas, showing an impressive versatility to his game.

4. Moses Moody (Golden State Warriors)

The Warriors sent three players to Las Vegas that they need to lean on next regular season, with the team hoping to see signs the youngsters are ready for a bigger role. James Wiseman looked good in flashes (but questions remain), while Jonathan Kuminga seemed disinterested in his first outing but bounced back to dominate his other games with his athleticism.

Then there is Moody, who has been the best of this trio and looked too good for this level since he stepped on the Vegas court, averaging 27.5 points a game. He was polished and absolutely looked like he was ready to take on a role and keep Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson‘s minutes down next season.

5. Trey Murphy III (New Orleans Pelicans)

The Pelicans will have plenty of firepower next season (especially if Zion Williamson is healthy), but Trey Murphy is going to demand minutes and touches if his play in Sin City is any indication. He has averaged 26.5 points and seven rebounds a game, and his shot creation skills have been impressive. He’s more than just a shooter.

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Our second category of players is pretty self-explanatory.

6. Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic)

When he had the ball in his hands, Banchero showed everything the Magic could have hoped for in a No. 1 pick — handles, creativity and floor vision. He averaged 20 points and 6 rebounds a game, and his passing was creative and better than advertised (he averaged 5 assists a game but that would have been higher if the guys he played with could have caught those passes). Banchero is not a skinny 19-year-old trying to grow into his body, he already has an NBA build and strength.

Banchero turned the ball over 10 times in two games — his handles are good for a 6’10” guy, but he has to figure out what he can pull off against NBA defenders — and his defense, while better than expected, has a long way to go (he would lose focus on that end). That said, he had the block that may be the best highlight of Summer League.

7. Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City Thunder)

Holmgren tops my “much more impressive in person than on video” list. Watching him play, as much polish as his game needs, you can see why the Thunder took him No. 2 overall — the potential is so high. He can do a little bit of everything, and at 7-feet. The offensive side of the floor is where the growth is most needed, but he can handle the ball (they had him bring the ball up a few times and initiate the offense), has a nice shot, and plays an aggressive style that suits him well (and he will be able to play that better once he gets stronger). Where he can help right now is on defense. Coach Mark Daigneault needs to develop a system that lets Holmgren help as more of a free safety, because he is a problem in that role.

8. Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings)

I was one of the people who questioned taking Murray at No. 4 over Jaden Ivey, and long-term we’ll see how that plays out (Ivey was, as promised, explosive but a bit raw in his limited Summer League run). Murray, however, is an excellent fit for a Kings team with the stated goal of making the playoffs this year — Murray just knows how to play the game. He gets to open spots on the floor, can create a little (he can get his own shot in Las Vegas, that will be harder at the next level), and he just has a natural feel for where the spaces are in a defense. He averaged 24 points through three games, with 6.3 rebounds a contest, plus he shot 37% from 3. You can see everything you need to know about him on the 3 that forced overtime against the Magic — his ability to know where to be, create space, and when defenders rushed him as the clock ran down he calmly pump-faked and got the shot he wanted. He plays like a veteran.

OTHER ROOKIES OF NOTE

9. Tari Eason (Houston Rockets)

Everyone showed up to Rockets games to watch Jabari Smith play (and he was good, but not sure Summer League game best fits his skill set) but came away raving about Eason. He was drafted No. 17 as a defender and he is strong on that end, but his offensive game has looked good in Las Vegas, averaging 16.7 points with 11.7 rebounds a game while shooting 33% from 3. Eason looks like a player who can push Jae'Sean Tate and Eric Gordon for minutes at the three this season in Houston.

“Everything that I bring here I think translates to an NBA court,” Eason said of the transition from Summer League to the NBA game. “I don’t think I’m playing out of myself, doing too much,” Eason said. “I think that my ability to space the floor, rebound, defend, and knock down an open three are all things that I’ve tried to showcase to the people that I could do here, and I think all those things would translate.”

10. Jabari Walker (Portland Trail Blazers)

How did Samaki Walker’s son fall all the way to the No. 57 pick again? Through three games he’s averaged 13 points on 68.2% shooting overall and hitting 37.5% from 3, while pulling down 8.3 rebounds a game. He makes good cuts off the ball and can finish at the rim. The Trail Blazers have already given Walker a regular NBA contract, and he looks like he could be the steal of this draft.

11. Caleb Houstan (Orlando Magic)

Maybe he just didn’t fit the system at Michigan because Houstan — whose draft stock fell because of his struggles in Ann Arbor — has played well for the Magic in Las Vegas. He has come back to earth a little after a hot first game but has averaged 10.7 points a game and was good at finding space and playing off Banchero. Houstan is dealing better with the physicality in Summer League than he did at Michigan, and the Magic may have found a shooter to put next to their creators.