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NBA Summer League: Stock Up, Stock Down

The NBA Summer League wrapped up and with it, the stocks of several prospects have either gone up or gone down. Some have shifted the NBA odds for Rookie of the Year. We look at some of the most notable prospects worth talking about. For the intent of this article, only rookies and sophomores heading to the 2022-23 season are considered.

Stock Up

  • Keegan Murray (Sacramento Kings)

Most obviously, the NBA Summer League MVP has their stock going up. Murray, the fourth overall pick, looks hungry to prove all the naysayers wrong. Not only did he look NBA-ready but he already appeared to be a veteran putting up 23.3 points per game, which led all rookies.

Sacramento Kings forward Keegan Murray (13) looks away from the court during a timeout while playing the Golden State Warriors during the first half of the California Classic NBA preseason basketball game Saturday, July 2, 2022, Read more at: https://www.sacbee.com/sports/nba/sacramento-kings/article263204033.html#storylink=cpy

Do you know another rookie that exuded similar qualities? Last year’s Rookie of the Year winner: Scottie Barnes (who was also selected fourth overall). And yet, action is slow to pick up on Murray’s online NBA betting odds. He may be worth betting on now while they are this long.

  • Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic)

Had the Magic not shut him down, Banchero appeared to be on his way to winning the Summer League MVP. The 6-foot-10 center put up 20 points, five boards, and six assists on average. He also had a game-saving block in that double-OT classic against Sacramento. Most importantly, Banchero showed the intensity you’d like out of your franchise player.

  • Cam Thomas (Brooklyn Nets)

While Moody had a higher scoring average, Thomas played in more games in the NBA Summer League. The Net averaged 27.4 points over five games. He scored 25 or more points in five games including a 31-point outburst against Milwaukee. With the Nets likely trading away its superstars, bet online on Thomas to increase his scoring averages this coming season. Additionally, to check out more specific information about the NBA props available for the Clippers vs Pelicans matchup.

  • Tari Eason (Houston Rockets)

Eason stole his teammate, Jabari Smith Jr.’s thunder. The 17th overall pick had five double-doubles including a 22-point, 11-rebound gem in Houston’s win over San Antonio. For his efforts, Eason was named to the All-Summer League First Team. If he keeps it up, Eason could form the best young “big man” tandem with Smith.

Honorable Mentions: Quentin Grimes (NYK), Sandro Mamukelashvili (MIL), Moses Moody (GSW), Bennedict Mathurin (IND)

Stock Down

  • Jabari Smith, Jr. (Houston Rockets)

Smith was not terrible by any means but his questionable shot selection limited him to just 14.4 points on 37.7% accuracy. The third overall pick, however, flashed some enticing defensive skills. He had a few key blocks and a pair of steals in several games. But that pales in comparison to what the other rookies did.

Jabari Smith Jr. #1 of the Houston Rockets brings the ball up the court against the Oklahoma City Thunder during the 2022 NBA Summer League
Jabari Smith, Jr. – Ethan Miller/Getty Images/AFP
  • Shaedon Sharpe (Portland Trail Blazers)

Two points on 1-of-3 shooting. This is all Sharpe had to show in his abbreviated Summer League showing. To his credit, he was not the only prospect who bowed out early due to an injury. Sharpe is a player who needed to “wow” considering he did not play at all this year. Instead, he’ll start his NBA career on the shelf. Not ideal. Additionally, to check out more specific information about the NBA props available for the 76ers vs Pacers matchup.

  • Johnny Davis (Washington Wizards)

Maybe Stephen A. can feel a bit better seeing how badly Davis performed this Summer. Considered one of the best pure scorers in the draft, Davis averaged just 8.6 points on 27.6% shooting. He also had more turnovers (2.7) a game than assists (1.7). But to his defense, he was playing with a bad back.

  • Sharife Cooper (Atlanta Hawks)

It’s tough singling out Cooper as he was playing with a thumb injury. But averaging four points on 19% shooting in 21 minutes is atrocious. To Cooper’s credit, he averaged 17 points in the G-League. So a healthier version of him could still warrant hope. Still, he should have skipped the Summer League if he was going to be this bad.

Dishonorable Mentions: Ousmane Dieng (OKC), Dyson Daniels (NOP), James Wiseman* (GSW), Jonathan Kuminga (GSW)

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