Summer League rookie roundup

Summer League rookie roundup
July 22, 2013, 4:45 pm
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Handing Otto Porter a grade of incomplete for his summer league performance is a logical call seeing as hamstring tightness limited the small forward to two full games and only six minutes in a third.  However, other first round picks received their full share of work in Las Vegas. In turn, they received their full share of analysis...

Cody Zeller (Charlotte, 4th pick on 2013 NBA Draft) - Sounds like those that were all about booing the Indiana product on draft day might have to adjust their thoughts. SI.com called him "one of the most intriguing players in Vegas," describing Zeller as "a skilled big man who moves freely in both transition and the half court. He averaged 16.3 points and 9.3 rebounds while showing off his versatile inside/outside offensive game. Zeller’s transition to the NBA will involve some bumps on the defensive end and on the glass. That said, he did enough here to earn a little patience from those in North Carolina who booed his selection with the No. 4 pick."

Ben McLemore (Sacramento, 7) - Like Porter, McLemore struggled with his shot early in Las Vegas. Like 8 for 35 over his first two games kind of struggling. In his fourth game, the former Kansas guard missed all eight of his field goal attempts. But, McLemore kept firing and eventually the shots started falling, enough to lead the Kings in scoring (15.8 ppg). From the SactownRoyalty:

"Ben McLemore had himself a second half on Friday as the Kings beat the Hawks in Sacramento's Summer League finale. McLemore scored 27 in the game, 23 of those in the second half. He shot 2-9 in the first half, and 8-12 in the second. As has been the case for nearly all of Summer League, McLemore wasn't shy about getting his shots up. That's an important thing given that one of the knocks at Kansas was that he wasn't aggressive enough. He showed no lack of aggression in Vegas. (He also had nine rebounds, eight of them on defense. That's going to be important to have going forward.)"

C.J. McCollum (Portland, 10) - Entering Monday night's championship game, the former Lehigh guard ranks second in scoring with 21 points per game, electrifying the crowds with his shot-making ability. However, he only shot 36.6 percent from the floor and remains a work in progress as a point guard. Overall, McCollum backed up his draft hype even some flaws were revealed.

Dennis Schroder (Atlanta, 17): "Hawks may have steal of draft with Dennis Schroder at No. 17," is a headline today on ProBasketballTalk.com. Atlanta brought veteran Jeff Teague back so Schroder won't be rushed into heavy action, but apparently he can help if needed. Kurt Helin's take on the intriguing German-born point guard, who finished second in summer league with 5.6 assists, stems from Schroder's "mature game" despite being on 19 years old. Then there is the 6-foot-1 guard's work on the other end of the court. "

Helin: "The thing that grabbed you first about Schroder was his defense — he got down in a low crouch and pressured the ball. Again he was mature, he wasn’t gambling he was counting on his quick feet and ridiculous wingspan to take away what the ball handler wanted to do. At 19 he was the best defensive point guard in Las Vegas."