Now that Summer League action has come to a close, we look at the top takeaways for the Utah Jazz, and what to expect out of their young players.
For basketball junkies, the Summer League is always an exciting time. Not only is it the last chance we have to watch basketball for three months, but it is a chance to get a first look at the future stars of the league.
Even in limited action and from games that look more like pick up games on the playground, fans are already crowning their young athletes as future stars, or preemptively writing them off as busts. The Ringer has already done a complete re-draft of the 2017 NBA Draft.
It’s hard not to overreact, and with all three Summer League tournaments in the books, this year’s draft class has not disappointed.
Players like Markelle Fultz, Lonzo Ball, Jayson Tatum and Dennis Smith, wasted no time in establishing themselves as top talents worthy of their high selections, while players like Donovan Mitchell, John Collins, and Caleb Swanigan have staked their case for being draft day steals.
For Utah Jazz fans, this Summer League brought a welcome distraction to the Gordon Hayward saga, and gave us hope that the future may not be as rough as we first thought.
With a reminder that it is still very early in these players’ careers, let’s look at the top takeaways for the Utah Jazz this Summer League.