Ranking the 6 Summer League MVP’s
This year will be the first year I will actually sit down and watch the NBA Summer League. The NBA Summer League is a league were young players thrive. It gives young players a chance to be recognized and maybe a NBA team will pick them up. Since 2006 the Summer League has had the MVP award. Today I will be ranking the 11 Summer League MVP’s based on there NBA career’s.
Side note: In 2012 Damian Lillard and Josh Shelby shared the MVP award.
6. Josh Shelby the 49th pick in the 2011 NBA draft won the co-MVP in 2012. His short NBA career only lasted 2 years. In his 2nd NBA season he only played 10 games and averaged 2.2 points and 0.9 assists in his career. Although Josh was a great Summer League player, he could never get it done in the NBA.
5. Glen Rice Jr. the son of Glen Rice the NBA legend. Unfortunately Glen Rice Jr. couldn’t live up to his fathers amazing career. Glen Rice Jr. never averaged more than 3 points. In his 2 years in the league he only played 16 of them and started 1. being drafted with the 35th pick no one expected him to be a great NBA player. But no one also expected to be him great at all but in the Summer League he was.
4. Tyus Jones the latest Summer League MVP. Has been in the NBA for 2 years. Since the Timberwolves shipped Kris Dunn to the Bulls, Tyus Jones will definitely be getting more minutes as the backup point guard on a stacked Timberwolves team. For a guy who hasn’t started a single NBA game Tyus has been respectable off the bench, averaging 4.2 points and 2.9 assists in his rookie season. I think we can start to see great things from Tyus this season.
3. Kyle Anderson as most of us know Gregg Popovich is great at progressing young players. For an example Manu Ginobili 57th pick, Tony Parker 28th pick and Kawhi Leonard 15th pick, are all amazing players. With Kyle Anderson progressing each season I can see him helping Kawhi to a nice playoff run. In his rookie season he only averaged 2.2 points in 10.8 minutes. In his second season he got up to 4.5 points in 16 minutes.
2. Jonas Valanciunas making the 2012–2013 All-Rookie and almost making the finals with the Toronto Raptors, he has been a very successful player. Never averaging under 11.5 points other than his rookie season. Having a career high in rebounds this season with 9.5 rebounds. Being one of the best free throw shooting Centers over his whole career he averaged 78.1 free throw percentage.
1. Damian Lillard definitely the best out of all of these guys. His accolades including 2x All Star, 2x All-NBA, 2012–13 All-Rookie, 2012–13 ROY in only 5 years. He has never averaged less than 19 points. With some new players and additions I can see him bringing his assists up. Damian Lillard is super underrated and is usually an All-Star snub.