The league’s top picks get to compete along with undrafted players in the NBA Summer League. Somehow, this year just feels different. This year has been really exciting with several good, close games. Not only that, but the top picks Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jabari Smith Jr. have all looked fantastic. Several undrafted players are performing very well right now as well. Here is an article for the notable NBA 2022 Summer League performances.
Jadey Ivey Performance
Ivey had an electric performance in his Summer League debut. He finished with a line of 20 points, six rebounds, six assists, five turnovers and five fouls on 6/14 from the field, 2/5 from three and 6/6 from the line. Ivey is an exciting prospect due to his insane athleticism and offensive capabilities. The fifth overall pick from the 2022 NBA draft is going to have the green light to do anything he wishes for this tanking Pistons squad. Expect him, Cade Cunningham, Jalen Duren and Killian Hayes to co-exist and make some noise. Who knows, maybe this team can have a decent record by the end of the year. It’s highly unlikely, however.
Paul Reed Performance
B-Ball Paul has been one of the best Summer League players for the last two seasons. How he’s still playing in the Summer League is anyone’s guess, but at least fans everywhere know what he’s capable of. He finished with a line of 14 points, seven boards, two dimes, one steal, four turnovers and four fouls on 5/10 from the field, 1/2 from three and 3/4 from the line. Reed has a good shot at being the backup center behind starter Joel Embiid. His versatility is absurd, and his offense has only gotten better over the course of his career. If he does land the backup role, his stats will be skyrocketing. Expect this guy to be one of the more improved players this season.
Josh Giddey Performance
Giddey does not need to be in Summer League much longer. This time, he put up a line of ten points, five boards, seven dimes, two steals, one swat, six turnovers, and five fouls on 3/11 from the field, 0/2 from the three-point line and 4/7 from the line. Look, the shooting splits and turnovers were atrocious. However, it’s clear that Giddey is better than most Summer Leaguers. The feel he has for the game is on full display and the fact that he’s only 19 is insane. Once the regular season comes along, expect the second-year pro to only get better within Coach Daigneault’s system.
Josh Christopher Performance
Christopher was a very underrated selection in last year’s NBA draft. Over the course of his rookie year, he averaged some respectable numbers for a rookie: 7.9 points, 2.5 rebounds, two assists, .8 steals, and 0.1 blocks on 45% from the field, 30% from three and 74% from the free-throw line. In his 2022 Summer League debut, he didn’t miss a beat. He put up 22 points, one dime, one board, three swats, four turnovers, and five fouls on 7/18 from the field, 1/4 from three and 7/8 from the line. He was his usual self, being aggressive on the offensive end and playing some stellar defense. This year, Eric Gordon might be traded so playing time will be easier to come by for the second-year pro. Expect Christopher to be one of the more improved players in last year’s draft.