The 5 Best Rookies From The NBA Summer League

It's easy to put too much into the NBA Summer League.

It's the first professional action the rookies are getting and it's exciting to try and predict what these kids are going to be capable of at the next level, but we know that the Summer League isn't the most consistent indicator of legitimate NBA talent.

A few of these rookies have stood out however, proving to their new franchises that they were right to select them when they did.

5. Aaron Holiday- Indiana Pacers

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Holiday did it all in the Summer League.

In four games in the Las Vegas circuit, the No. 23 overall pick averaged a team-high 14.5 points per game and was the number one option on offense. Even though he was facing off against tough competition in players like Collin Sexton and Trae Young, Holliday stayed aggressive.

Holiday also averaged five rebounds, 6.8 assists and 2.8 steals per game in the Summer League, and while it may be hard to gauge how talent will transfer over from this tournament to the NBA regular season, a stat-sheet stuffer like Holiday will always have a place in today's NBA.

4. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander- Los Angeles Clippers

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Even though he was drafted at No. 11, Gilgeous-Alexander looks like a steal in this year's draft.

The former Kentucky Wildcat is leading the Clippers in scoring with 19 points per game and is also contributing in other areas, averaging 4.8 rebounds, four assists and 2.3 steals per game.

Like Holiday, Gilgeous-Alexander looks like a stat-sheet stuffer, and someone who can come in and make an impact from day one.

3. Kevin Knox- New York Knicks

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Knox's play in the Summer League has people announcing the new era of the New York Knicks.

I think it's way too early to say anything like that, but the former Kentucky star has put up his fair share of highlights.

He has a great shot, isn't afraid to finish through contact at the rim and does not look anything like an 18-year old out there. He's another rookie who's leading his team in scoring with 21.3 points per game and may be just what the Knicks need to make the playoffs for the first time since the 2012-13 season.

2. Wendell Carter Jr.- Chicago Bulls

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The No. 7 overall pick already looks like the elite interior defender that the Bulls were hoping he would be.

In five games at the Las Vegas circuit, Carter Jr. has averaged 21 points, 9.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game. Everyone knew that he had potential as a legitimate two-way big man, but his performance in the Summer League definitely has surprised people, in a good way.

He already looks like a better scorer in the paint than he was at Duke a couple of months ago, and the Bulls have to be happy that they found their center of the future.

1. Deandre Ayton- Phoenix Suns

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The Summer League has been slight work for the No. 1 overall pick in this year's NBA Draft.

In four games, Ayton has averaged 14.5 points and 10.5 rebounds per game while shooting an impressive 60 percent from the field. This summer is just a formality for Ayton, as we already know that he's going to be good.