4MP Bobby All-Summer League Team
Denver Nuggets' PG: Monte Morris
I think we can all admit Amber Rose inspires artists’ best work -- Ye morphed into a God, Wiz finally found mainstream success and 21 became a pop sensation. Her superpowers translated to the basketball court during the summer of 2018, when her newest catch Monte Morris painted the Summer League with several prolific performances. While rockin’ with Denver, he averaged a team-high 17.0 points on 50 percent shooting from the field and finished in the top 10 in Las Vegas in assists, tallying 6.4, while only turning the ball over five times.
Los Angeles Lakers' Swingman: Josh Hart
Listen, after watching Josh Hart channel Hall of Fame Charles Barkley and go double-double crazy during a stretch of games during the 2017-18 regular season, I wondered what the hell he was doing in the Summer League. It grew to make sense as the tournament provides players a chance to work on multiple aspects of their game. Showcasing an improved all-around offensive repertoire, the second-year swingman lit up the Summer League, registering 22.4 points in seven games, showing comfort shooting the corner 3 (something he’ll have to do a lot of with Bron in town), leading Los Angeles to the title game and impressing King James on his way to taking home MVP honors.
Washington Wizards' Swingman: Devin Robinson
When Robinson launched himself into outer space and threw down a vicious poster dunk on the head of Mavericks guard Kyle Collinsworth, I jumped off the couch and threw my Firestick remote -- had to throw that in there because we ain’t paying for cable baaaaaby. Providing plenty of wow moments during the 2018 Summer League, the bouncy swingman treated the rim like his personal jungle gym, slamming home gravity defying dunks on his way to 19.8 points on 52 percent shooting from the field. He also showed off his activity on the glass, grabbing 6.0 boards, including two double-digit rebounding outings. #NoNoise
New York Knicks' Swingman: Kevin Knox
We told ya’ll ziggans Knox was a showstopper (Lil' Boosie daughter’s voice) We told yaaaaaa’ll. Silencing the draft day boos from Knicks fans, the forward ate every challenger alive in Las Vegas, where he showed off his ability to score on all three levels, ferociously slammed home fast break opportunities and averaged a team-best 21.3 points. New York got a steal in the rookie, as his offensive repertoire at such a young age reminds onlookers of Jayson Tatum last season.
New York Knicks' Center: Mitchell Robinson
With Robinson’s decision to bypass college and train privately last season, questions about his skill and character surfaced, as fans and NBA teams alike could only use his high school tape, (including his Jordan Brand Game performance) as a way to get a feel for his game. All the inquiries were answered in Las Vegas, where he caused a raucous with several eye-popping performances. He showed the ability to guard positions 1-5, used his length and athleticism to block a shitload of 3-point attempts, ran the floor like a deer, put on his hard hat while battling on the boards (10.2 rebounds) and showed a soft touch around the basket (13.2). I caught myself salivating at the vision of Robinson teaming up with Porzingis every game, and if you saw what I saw, the idea is scary as hell.
4MP HyAli Honarable Mention
Los Angeles Clippers' Shai Gilgeous-Alexander
Houston Rockets' De'Anthony Melton
Chicago Bulls' Antonio Blakeney
Philadelphia 76ers' Furkan Korkmaz
Portland Trailblazers' Caleb Swanigan