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Building the First, Second, and Third All-Summer League Teams

Carsen Edwards Boston Celtics

Who were the most impressive players in the 2019 Summer League?

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With the Memphis Grizzlies taking down the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Summer League Championship on Monday, the 2019 Summer League season has finally come to a close. Nearly every team had at least one player that showed out, but which budding stars impressed the most?

All-Summer League First Team

  • G Nickeil Alexander-Walker (NOP)
  • G Bruce Brown Jr. (DET)
  • F Chris Boucher (TOR)
  • F Rui Hachimura (WAS)
  • C Mitchell Robinson (NYK)

Mitchell Robinson averaged nearly 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 69.4 percent as a rookie last season. Somehow, he looked even better in Summer League, shooting an insane 26-of-30 from the field while blocked 13 shots in four games. Bruce Brown led the league with 8.2 assists per game while also averaging eight boards per game. Nickeil Alexander-Walker led all players with 24.2 points per game (min. three games) while knocking down over 40 percent of his three-point shots.

Rui Hachimura was a bit of a surprise pick at ninth overall in this year’s draft, but his 19.3 points and seven rebounds per game looks terrific, especially considering he shot 50 percent from the field. Chris Boucher wasn’t far from Alexander-Walker, averaging 23 points with an impressive 9.8 rebounds while knocking down shots at a 49.1 percent clip.

All-Summer League Second Team

  • G Gary Trent Jr. (POR)
  • G Kendrick Nunn (MIA)
  • F Alize Johnson (IND)
  • F Amile Jefferson (ORL)
  • C Brandon Clarke (MEM)

Brandon Clarke took hope the 2019 Summer League MVP and led his team to a championship while notching three straight double-doubles in the playoff bracket. He finished with averages of 14.7 points, 9.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game. One of the most impressive players this summer, Kendrick Nunn averaged 21 points, 6.2 assists, and five rebounds while shooting nearly 55 percent from the field. Gary Trent Jr. averaged 20.6 points, including nearly 3.5 three-pointers made per game.

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One of the Summer League’s older participants, the 26-year-old Amile Jefferson averaged 16.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.6 steals while shooting over 53 percent from the field. In an almost-weirdly similar stat line, the 23-year-old Alize Johnson averaged 16.4 points, 9.6 rebounds, and 1.4 steals, though he shot just 48.3 percent.

All-Summer League Third Team

  • G Carsen Edwards (BOS)
  • G Terrance Mann (LAC)
  • F Ignas Brazdeikis (NYK)
  • F RJ Barrett (NYK)
  • C Jarrett Allen (BKN)

The highest-drafted 2019 prospect to make an All-Summer League team, third-overall pick R.J. Barrett started slow but caught fire down the stretch. He averaged nine points, 7.5 rebounds, and one assist on 7/33 shooting in the first two games. Then, in three straight double-doubles, he averaged 19.7 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 6.3 assists on 19/44 shooting. His teammate, Ignas Brazdeikis, went off for 30 points in one game and shot 54.5 percent from three in his five games.

Carsen Edwards also scored at will, averaging 19.4 points and hitting 21 threes, third-most in Summer League action. Terrance Mann stuffed stat sheets, averaging 8.7 points, 11.3 rebounds, and 5.7 assists on 60 percent shooting. Another strong box score line, Jarrett Allen blocked 2.2 shots per game to go with his 16.4 points and 10.6 boards. He certainly looked a level ahead of his opponents most nights.

Honorable Mentions

  • G Tyler Herro (MIA)
  • G Chris Clemons (HOU)
  • F Devontae Cacok (LAL)
  • F Jarred Vanderbilt (DEN)
  • C Jaxson Hayes (NOP)

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