The 2017 NBA Summer League was very highly anticipated, and definitely did not disappoint. It had one of the largest attendees ever, mainly because of the top draft picks from this year’s class. With that being said, there have been quite a few standout players that no one would’ve expected. These players had some of the best tournaments and have definitely impressed their respective teams.
With all the aforementioned being said, who was the standout underdog from the tournament?
3 – John Collins
Drafted 19th overall this past June, Collins showed great rebounding and scoring throughout the tournament. He played outside the three-point line more often than he ever did in college, displaying an expanding skill-set. The Atlanta Hawks look to be developing him into a stretch four and he is excelling in that role, averaging an impressive 15.4 points per game and 9.2 rebounds per game. Without Paul Millsap, Atlanta are in need of a power forward and John Collins looks to be the main candidate for the future.
2 – Bryn Forbes
An undrafted rookie last year, the point guard suited up for the San Antonio Spurs this Summer League, and did not disappoint. He led the entire tournament in points with 26 per game. As surprising as this is, can we really be shocked anymore? Time and time again San Antonio finds talent outside of the first round, and it looks like Forbes may be yet another steal.
The @Spurs get the win!
— NBA (@NBA) July 10, 2017
1 – Kyle Kuzma
Lonzo Ball may have grabbed most of the headlines when it comes to the Los Angeles Lakers this summer league. With that being said the biggest surprise for them, was Kyle Kuzma. Averaging 21.9 points per game and 6.4 rebounds, he was, simply put, outstanding for the Lakers. Drafted with the 27th pick in this past year’s draft, Kuzma looks to play well alongside Lonzo. This Summer League may have earned him some much-needed minutes come regular season time.
— NBA Summer League (@NBASummerLeague) July 18, 2017