1) Kevin Knox, Knicks (No. 9 overall)
23.3 PPG, 7.3 RPG, 2.0 APG
Knicks fans should be excited about Knox, who, after three games, is the leading scorer among all rookies in Las Vegas. Knox has been aggressive in his drives and has wowed with his athletic finishes at the rim.
In the Knicks' win over the Hawks, Knox finished with 22 points, eight rebounds and two assists. He followed that performance with 19 points, five rebounds and two steals in a loss to the Jazz.
Knox electrified the Las Vegas crowd Tuesday night when he shot 5-for-7 from deep in a 29-point performance against the Lakers. The future is bright - he's still a month away from his 19th birthday.
2) Deandre Ayton, Suns (No. 1 overall)
16.0 PPG (66.7 FG%), 11.0 RPG, 1.0 BPG
Ayton's landing at two on this list isn't a knock on him, but more of a compliment to Knox. The 19-year-old has looked the part of a number one pick, especially in his most recent outing. In a win over the Magic, Ayton delivered a 17-point (6-for-10 shooting),13-rebound double-double.
The scary part is he's only scratched the surface. In three games, the Bahamian has only taken 27 shots; his impact will only grow as he demands more touches and increases his activity on the offensive end.
3) Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Clippers (No. 11 overall)
19.7 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 4.0 APG
Gilgeous-Alexander has impressed early on in Las Vegas. The Clippers rookie opened with a 13-point, four-assist performance but shot poorly as the team suffered a six-point loss at the hands of the Warriors. The 6-6 native of Hamilton, Ont. stepped his play up in Sunday's win over the Kings, finishing with 21 points, eight rebounds and three steals.
In a loss to Houston Monday, Gilgeous-Alexander finished with 25 points, five rebounds and four assists. As a lengthy, athletic point guard, Gilgeous-Alexander brings a unique skillset to match his unique frame. If these early games are any indicator, his best is yet to come.
4) Trevon Bluiett, Pelicans (Undrafted)
21.0 PPG (61.1 FG%, 58.3% 3P%), 4.0 RPG
The undrafted rookie from Xavier has been nothing short of impressive this summer. Bluiett, a three-time First Team All-Big East selection, has averaged 21.0 points in the Pelicans' first three summer contests while shooting over 60 percent from the field. Additionally, he has shot 14-for-24 from deep.
With the Pelicans consistently in search of help on the wing, the 6-6 guard just might be the answer.
5) Wendell Carter Jr., Bulls (No. 7 overall)
16.8 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 2.8 BPG
Carter Jr. has done a little bit of everything in his short time in Las Vegas. The seventh pick in this year's draft opened the summer with a 16-point, nine-rebound performance in which he also blocked five shots. He knocked down two of his three 3-point attempts as well.
In a loss to the Lakers, Carter finished with nine points, seven rebounds and four blocks. Not a bad showing for the fifth big man selected in the draft.
6) Collin Sexton, Cavaliers (No. 8 overall)
18.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 3.3 APG
Sexton has big shoes to fill and the weight of a franchise moving in a new direction is on his shoulders. That being said, the rookie from Alabama is showing to be capable of those jobs and more. In the Cavs' 72-59 win over the Wizards, Sexton put up 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds. In a five-point win over Indiana, the 19-year old finished with 21 points (9-for-17 shooting) and four assists.
7) Troy Brown Jr., Wizards (No. 15 overall)
16.8 PPG, 7.0 RPG, 1.0 SPG
Drafting Brown has already paid dividends for a Wizards team looking to reestablish itself after finishing eighth in the Eastern Conference in the 2017-18 season. Brown, who is also still just 18-years-old, has impressed early on with his scoring and athleticism.
In just his second summer game, the 6-7 forward posted a 21-point, 12-rebound double-double and added three steals. He will be a valuable piece for Washington moving forward.
8) Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies (No. 4 overall)
8.5 PPG, 9.0 RPG, 2.5 BPG
Jackson set a high standard for himself with his jaw-dropping 29-point performance to open Summer League play in Utah. While he hasn't scored as much in Las Vegas, the 6-11 big man has been impactful in his two games. In a win over the Pistons, Jackson scored 12 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked four shots. He struggled to score in the Grizzlies' loss to the Magic but still grabbed 10 rebounds.
After the setback in the Grizzlies' second game, look for the fourth overall pick to finish out his time in Vegas on a high note.
9) Mo Bamba, Magic (No. 6 overall)
8.7 PPG (62.5 FG%), 5.7 RPG, 2.3 BPG
Bamba has had high expectations to live up to this summer and he has not disappointed thus far. While his frontcourt mate Jonathan Isaac has stolen the show, Bamba was very effective in his first two games, delivering two 11-point performances while averaging 18 minutes per game.
In a showdown with No. 1 overall pick Deandre Ayton and the Suns, Bamba's play regressed some. In 22 minutes of action, the centre scored just four points and grabbed five rebounds but made his presence felt on the defensive end by blocking five shots.
10) Svi Mykhailiuk, Lakers (No. 47 overall)
13.7 PPG (43 FG%), 4.7 REB
Mykhailiuk has certainly exceeded the expectations held for him as a mid-second round pick, delivering two nice performances early on in Vegas. Like Bluiett, Mykhailiuk exudes the poise of a player that spent four years developing at the collegiate level. The 6-8 guard has proven his value as a shooter and rebounder, but his effort plays are most encouraging.
The Vegas fans loved this sequence by Svi Mykhailiuk.- Joey Ramirez (@JoeyARamirez) July 9, 2018
Picked up Hutchison from 94 feet away, made him work to get to half court, poked out a steal and leaked ahead for the dunk. pic.twitter.com/RmH8C7ShYH
Best of the rest
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Trae Young, Hawks
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Harry Giles III, Kings
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