This list wouldn’t be complete without the inclusion of 2018 first-round draft pick Kevin Knox. Knox was the star of Summer League, with an invigorating combination of highlight-reel finishes, smooth shooting from beyond the arc, and stunning fundamental prowess.
Although there were clear signs of inconsistency, the overall body of work that Knox produced was one that inevitably sparked excitement from fans around the NBA.
Knox finished the 2018 Summer League with averages of 21.3 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.0 steal, and 2.5 three-point field goals made in 32.3 minutes per game. He wasn’t especially efficient, but that’s an afterthought at this point.
Knox was determined to address his flaws as Summer League continued, and he succeeded in doing so in a number of critical areas—including his shooting.
Knox shot a combined 3-of-14 from beyond the arc during his first two games, but went 7-of-14 during his last two outings. He drove the lane against set defenses, broke out in transition, went to the post, and even operated the pick and roll as a ball-handler.
There are certainly areas in which Knox will need to improve, but what he proved at Summer League is quite simple: At 18 years of age, he’s already ahead of the curve.