Las Vegas Summer League’s NBA rookies to watch

The dog days of the NBA are here. As free agency starts to slow down, we’ll see fewer transactions and more Instagram workout pics. But luckily, for at least a few weeks, the NBA’s summer league is here to hold us over.

The summer league is the NBA in its purest, most innocent form. For lack of a better term, guys are just hooping. Our favorite role players get a chance to prove they belong in the NBA. It’s our one chance to root for the 15th man on the NBA bench, just waiting for a shot.

But really, what we’re all here for is our first glance at the league’s rookies. They get to flaunt their skills over the competition and prove they belong. If they play well? Great. They should. If they don’t? The questions begin flooding in.

This rookie class is one of the more exciting ones we’ve seen in years. Expectations will be high for them, even in summer league. But they’ll all play differently in their roles. Here’s what you can expect from them and some things to watch for.

Teams who offer restricted free agents contracts often do this so the same free agents can test the market without restrictions as soon as possible. If they’re good? They’re hitting their stride in their prime and will be available to poach again after three seasons. If they’re bad? It’s not your problem unless they sign with you. And even if they do, your team wasn’t good anyway. It’s a win-win situation.

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