With Vegas Summer League wrapped up with the San Antonio Spurs vs. Phoenix Suns championship game, it seems to be the right time to take a look back at what happened over the prior 10 days. While a lot of the focus on the event was centered around the prospect of watching D-Angelo Russell or Karl Anthony-Towns play for the first time in an NBA setting, there were a handful of unsigned players that succeeded in Las Vegas. As our site focuses on those "diamond in the rough" players, it would only be right to look at the unsigned talent that shined during Vegas Summer League.
Seth Curry - 24.3 PPG, 4.3 APG on 46% shooting
As I watched Curry perform over the course of Summer League, he seemed like a totally different player than what I saw from him with Erie. Reason is that Curry immediately implanted himself as the top scoring threat on a Pelicans team loaded with D-League talent. Aside from laying back and picking his spots like he did with the BayHawks, Curry became focused on insisting on cutting towards the paint or pull-up jumpers. While his perimeter jumper wasn't falling (shot 22% from 3), he showcased an ability to create shots while working with the ball, which is a skill that he's been working on for the past few seasons. As well, Curry lead Vegas Summer League with 3.2 steals per game, as he became a consistent defensive pest.
Curry's fantastic performance earned him a spot on the All-Summer League 1st Team.
Glen Rice Jr - 19 PPG, 4.6 RPG on 41% shooting
For the second straight season, Glen Rice Jr. shined bright in Vegas Summer League. In a similar way to the 2014 Summer League, Rice had success based on aggression and ability to score in a variety of different ways. This summer, Rice became more focused on driving to the rim, which was evident in the game against Toronto. During that game, Rice scored 28 points on 7-18 from the field and 11-11 from the free throw line. Like Curry, Rice was a consistent force on the defensive end, as he averaged 2.4 steals per game.
Alan Williams - 20.5 PPG, 11.8 RPG on 50% shooting
Alan Williams was probably the most unheralded player that played well during Vegas Summer League. Coming out of UC-Santa Barbara, Williams went undrafted despite being one of the elite offensive rebounders during the 2014-15 college basketball season. That skill remained Vegas Summer League, as he averaged 5.0 offensive boards per game, which included him grabbing 12 offensive boards in the Summer League finale against Philadelphia. Although he stands at 6'8, Williams had success on the inside by basically bullying the opposition with his 265 pound frame. That frame came in handy through his work as a post-up player. Working mainly on the left block, Williams showed off a soft touch multiple times with a nice lefty hook.
Although Alan Williams stands as an undersized big, his work inside the paint and high motor should allow him to at least get a training camp invite with the Rockets or another team that could be in need of a backup big (i.e Bucks, Knicks or Kings).
Justin Dentmon - 17 PPG, 2.6 SPG on 56% shooting
For anybody that's been keep a close eye on the D-League over the past few season, Dentmon's performance in Vegas should come as a surprise to nobody. With the D-League Select Team, Dentmon was just a consistent offensive monster Scoring in all facets of the game, Dentmon was just as efficient from beyond the arc (54%) as any guard was from inside the paint. Alongside that, Dentmon helped the D-League Select Team on the defensive end, as he contributed with 2.8 steals per game.
Although the 29-year-old Dentmon was one of the older players in the D-League, perhaps this Summer League performance was enough to perhaps get a non-guaranteed deal for a team that needs a scorer off the bench.
Khem Birch - 9.1 PPG, 8.8 RPG, 3.3 BPG on 63% shooting
Working alongside Seth Curry, Khem Birch was the defensive anchor on the Pelicans Summer League squad that went 5-1 in the tournament. Watching Birch in Summer League was reminiscent of his peak performance in Sioux Falls, as he worked as a great roll man based on his ability to set screens and roll to the basket. On those rolls, Birch either went into the post-up or finished with some great dunks, like this slam on Warriors rookie Kevon Looney. The most evident way that Birch made his impact with how he worked as a rim protector. Averaging 3.3 blocks per game with the Pelicans, Birch displayed tremendous defensive versatility, as he was able to go to the perimeter and defend against cutters or just remain in the paint.