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Ranking the Top NBA Prospects in Las Vegas Summer League

Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report has ranked the top 50 NBA prospects in the Las Vegas Summer League.

Surprisingly, Wasserman ranks De’Aaron Fox at No. 7, behind Lonzo Ball and Markelle Fultz. Bam Adebayo comes in at No. 18 and Skal Labissiere is No. 22.

Check out his thoughts on each:




7. De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings, PG)

Sacramento’s addition of George Hill should take some pressure off De’Aaron Fox, who’ll run the show for the Kings in Las Vegas.

The up-and-down setting should ultimately suit Fox’s speed and athleticism. Quick and explosive, he’ll put pressure on both summer league and NBA defenses by attacking off transition and screens.

Shooting is still the key for Fox, who struggled with his three-point stroke as a freshman. Adding a consistent pull-up jumper would take his scoring ability to another level.

18. Bam Adebayo (Miami Heat, C)

Bam Adebayo exploded for 29 points during his Orlando league debut, though he came back to earth with a 1-of-10 game against the New York Knicks.

Still, this early, the negatives are outweighed by the positives, which include Adebayo looking comfortable scoring out of the post and in face-up situations.

His identity will still revolve around his explosiveness around the basket. He’s a high-percentage finishing target for dump downs and lobs, and he’ll put back misses. But his value will spike dramatically if he adds a jumper and defends the perimeter.

22. Skal Labissiere (Sacramento Kings, PF/C)

Sacramento will be rewarded for buying low on Skal Labissiere in 2016. Per 36 minutes, he averaged 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds on 53.7 percent shooting and looked spry and more skilled than he did at Kentucky. He’ll split time with newly-acquired Zach Randolph and look to build on last year’s flashes by expanding his offense and defending without fouling.

According to Wasserman, the top 6 prospects are:

1. Markelle Fultz
2. Lonzo Ball
3. Jayson Taytum
4. Brandon Ingram
5. Josh Jackson
6. Thon Maker

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