By Chris Ross @DraftScout_NFL on July 7, 2014
The NBA summer league is a great way for some of the league’s best talent to show off their skills. That said, not everyone thrives in the summer league, and some players just are total flops. Without further ado, here are 10 players who are struggling early on.
Unlike some other players later on in this list, Hollis Thompson hasn’t been a complete disaster so far, it’s just that he has been far too one dimensional. Thompson can rebound, but he can’t do much else, and that’s only going to get him so far.
Shabazz Napier has shown flashes in his first two summer league contests, but he hasn’t been very consistent at all so far. He’s shooting 33 percent from the field, and he needs to get himself back on track.
Expected to be the Oklahoma City Thunder’s starting shooting guard in 2014, Jeremy Lamb hasn’t looked good early in the summer league. Lamb is shooting poorly, and it’s clear he has to make some improvements to his game still.
In his only game so far in the summer league, it was clear that Marcus Smart was anxious and slightly unprepared, and his play suffered because of it. That said, Smart is far too talented to think he won't bounce-back -- it’s just a matter of getting over the nerves.
I’ll be honest, I’ve never been a huge fan of Elfrid Payton, and he hasn’t changed my mind so far in the summer league. With Jameer Nelson gone, Payton will likely be the Orlando Magic’s starting point guard, but his performance so far makes me wonder if he’s ready.
Xavier Thames has looked pretty bad so far at the summer league, and that’s putting it mildly. He has yet to make a field goal in two games, and it’s clear he needs some time to develop before he’s ready to contribute.
So far, not very good for Josh Huestis. He hasn’t played up to his talent yet, and it’s showing. That said, Huestis is a hard-worker, and it’s hard to imagine him not improving with time.
An elite, but raw talent, Aaron Gordon hasn’t looked too great so far in summer league action. His rebounding looks alright, but his scoring ability hasn’t been there so far. Shooting just 27 percent from the field so far, Gordon needs some work.
I like Adonis Thomas, it’s just that he hasn’t looked good so far. His shooting is still subpar, and he isn’t showing much else on the court. Thomas needs to show something going forward if he wants to stick in the NBA.
Although Jamaal Franklin wasn’t exactly expected to make a huge impact in the summer league, his terrible play so far is still noteworthy. Franklin is shooting 18 percent from the field, and he honestly doesn’t look like he is an NBA-caliber player right now.
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