Is a player’s Summer League performance a good indicator of NBA success?
That’s the question that weighs heavily on viewers’ minds during the July basketball season. Obviously, fans want to see which players could be the future of the NBA. But If Summer League has little correlation with NBA success, then why are they watching?
From my experience, the knowledge scouts acquire on a player before the draft is worth far more than what they show in a few games against Summer League competition.
With that said, however, let’s take a walk down memory to discuss the Summer League performances of six of the NBA’s biggest stars before their rookie years.
Note: Highlights from the players’ times will be shown when available, and all statistics are from NBA.com, unless otherwise indicated.