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Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets, PF

Sengun might’ve been the steal of the draft. Playing for Turkey professionally, the guy was a one-man wrecking crew. He put in averages of 19.2 points, 9.4 rebounds, 2.5 dimes, 1.3 steals and 1.7 blocks a game last season for Turkey. Coming to the NBA might’ve been the best decision he made. The man really put his diverse skill set on display in the Summer League. He put up intriguing averages of 14.5 points, 11 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.2 steals and even three swats a game. Due to the lack of front-court depth on the Rockets roster, he will play a significant role. Being on a very bad Rockets squad that’s looking for new talent, Sengun will get every opportunity to succeed.

Josh Christopher, Houston Rockets SG

Much like his teammate Sengun, Christopher will be given every opportunity to succeed on this team. His playmaking looked to be improved from when he was in college, as he averaged 4.2 assists a game in the Summer League. He also put up decent averages of 16.8 points, 4.2 boards, 1.4 steals and 0.4 blocks a game. Besides the good counting stats, his efficiency woes are a work in progress. Christopher shot an abysmal 39% from the field and 18% from three and even had a seven turnover game. Nevertheless, he’s going to have a good opportunity to showcase his athletic and offensive abilities with the Rockets. His ability to drive, shoot, play the passing lanes and create plays for others will be just what the Rockets need. They might’ve got yet another nice steal in Christopher if he can work on his efficiency.

 Omer Yurtseven, Miami Heat C

Yurtseven was one of the best players in this year’s Summer League. He exploded with averages of 22.4 points, 11.2 rebounds, 1.6 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.4 blocks a game. Miami saw that and they hopped right in and rewarded him with a two-year contract. He might be in an okay spot to produce right away as he’ll be behind Bam Adebayo, Markeiff Morris, Dewayne Dedmon and P.J. Tucker but he will still be given the opportunity. The opportunity will come as the vets ahead of him are surely going to be facing rest days and/or injuries. If he can beat out Dedmon for the backup center role, this man could be making noise for this already stacked Miami roster.

 Jock Landale, San Antonio Spurs C

Fresh off of winning the MVP award in the NBL, Landale having a good year is an understatement. He averaged 17.1 points, 7.9 boards, 2.3 assists, 0.6 steals and 1.3 blocks a game in his last season with Australia. Now that he has championship and MVP experience, maybe he could land a nice role with the Spurs this year. Jakob Poeltl and Thad Young could be on the move which could leave Landale and Drew Eubanks manning the middle (if they don’t get frontcourt depth in return.) Although a Poeltl trade is unlikely to happen, Landale playing this year could benefit the Spurs tremendously. He stretches the floor, has a very smooth inside/post-up game and can create plays for others. It’s a longshot that he gets meaningful playing time this year, but if he did then he could make a difference.

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