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Ranking The Top 5 Players In Utah Summer League

Jaren Jackson Jr Memphis

The Utah Jazz won their own summer league for a second straight season. The Jazz, Spurs and Grizzlies each went 2-1 during the event. But the Jazz finished with 7.5 points topping the Spurs, who had 6.5 points, and Grizzlies, who had 6.0 points.

Utah lost to Memphis. Memphis fell to San Antonio. And the Spurs lost to the Jazz. Atlanta was the other team and the Hawks went 0-3.

The Utah Summer League has been in existence in its current four-team format since 2015.

Tony Bradley, Georges Niang, Tyler Dorsey, John Collins, Kobi Simmons, Jaren Jackson, Derrick White and Jeff Ledbetter were recognized as standout performers.

5. Kobi Simmons, Grizzlies

The athletic 21-year-old demonstrated his scoring and shot-creating ability that was projected when he entered Arizona as a freshman three years ago.

Simmons averaged 17.0 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.3 steals. He shot 51% (21 of 41) from the floor though he was just 3 of 8 (37.5%) on 3-point attempts.

Simmons scored in double-figures in each of the three games, topping the 20 point mark twice -- against Atlanta and Memphis. He was a +10 in plus/minus rating and finished third in the league in scoring.

4. Jaren Jackson Jr., Grizzlies

Jackson was excellent on the defensive end, particularly blocking shots, and superb in Game 1 overall. In the opening game of the event versus the Hawks, Jackson was red hot, connecting on 9 of 15 shots including 8 of 13 from beyond the arc as he finished with 29 points. He also grabbed three rebounds and blocked two shots.

Jackson scored in double-figures in two of the three contests though he recorded multiple blocks in each of the three games. He finished his inaugural summer league with 15.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. The 18-year-old, who finished a +17 in plus/minus, shot 42% (14 of 33) from the field and 10 of 18 (55.5%) from long distance.

As with any youngster, Jackson struggled with consistency on the offensive end and rebounding. He tallied 18 points over the last two games as he just made 5 of 18 shots, which included a dreadful 1 of 7 performance against the Spurs on Thursday. The Michigan State product did haul in eight rebounds against Utah.

3. George Niang, Jazz

Niang shot the ball extremely well during the event, knocking down 20 of 38 shots (53%) including 7 of 14 (50%) from beyond the arc. He scored in double figures in all three contests and recorded one double-double.

Niang averaged 16.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steal during the league. Also, he finished a plus/minus of +26. His best game came against Memphis, where he had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists. Niang made 8 of 13 shots from the floor and 2 of 5 from downtown.

Turnovers and fouls were issues for the 25-year-old forward.

Niang split time between the Jazz and the G-League’s Salt Lake City Buzz last season. He appeared in a total of nine games for the Jazz. With his recent performance, Niang probably at least earned himself another two-way contract with the organization with the possibility of earning a roster spot during training camp.

2. Tony Bradley, Jazz

Bradley showed off his enormous potential on both ends of the floor. The 6-10 center, who came in with a more chiseled body, was highly efficient on the offensive end and a beast on the boards. He recorded a double-double in each of his three contests.

Bradley finished the three-game event, averaging 14.7 points along with 12.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks. He made 18 of 35 shots (51%) from the field. Bradley grabbed 13 offensive rebounds which helped him haul in a league-high 37 rebounds. The 20-year-old was also seventh in scoring, second in blocks (2.0) and posted a +6.3 in plus/minus.

Bradley’s best game came in Day 2 of the event against Memphis. In that game, the University of North Carolina product tallied 18 points, on 8 of 12 shooting, grabbed 14 rebounds (5 offensive) and finished with a +16 rating.

The No. 28 2018 draft pick appeared in just nine games last season. He will likely not be in the team’s rotation in 2018-19. Although depending on how the team’s roster rounds out, he could see a little more time on the floor this upcoming season.

1. Derrick White, Spurs

White was the league’s Most Outstanding Player. The 24-year-old was magnificent all three games and he saved his best performance for last.

White poured in 26 points, grabbed seven rebounds and doled out seven dimes against Memphis (Thursday). He made 8 of 17 shots from the field and 5 of 8 from the 3-point line as well as 5 of 6 from the free throw line. It was his third game of topping the 20 point mark.

White averaged 23.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.7 rebounds while shooting 45% (24 of 53) from the field and 41.6% (10 of 24) from beyond the arc. He also finished +34 plus/minus and 11 of 18 from the charity stripe.

White tied for first in scoring was second in assists, seventh in rebounds and tied for ninth in steals (1.3).

Most Disappointing Performance: Trae Young

Young struggled on both ends of the floor during the entire four-day event. While his performance is not necessarily an indication of how the kind of NBA player he will become, it does kind of validate that he was well overrated by the Hawks. Young is a lottery talent but more at the end of it, rather than the fifth selection.

Young averaged 12.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 3.6 turnovers. He made just 12 of 52 (23%) shots including 3 of 24 (12.5%) from the 3-point line. Young scored in double figures in each of the three contests.