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5 Rookies Already Making Big Plays During NBA Summer League

NBA Summer League: 5 Rookies Already Making Big Plays

Jordan Adams Memphis Grizzlies
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With two full days of the NBA Summer League in Orlando complete, here is a look at some rookies who have already made their presence felt on the highlight reels.

5. Nick Johnson (Houston)

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5. Nick Johnson (Houston)

Nick Johnson Houston Rockets
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The 42nd overall pick in the draft has only played in one game, but he scored 18 points on 7-of-14 shooting to go along with five rebounds and three assists. Johnson is a good defender who's tough and a solid all-around player. Plus, he threw down a monster left-handed jam over Tim Ohlbrecht of the Detroit Pistons. Johnson has hit the highlight reel early.

5. Nick Johnson (Houston)

Here is that third quarter dunk. Johnson flying first class to the NBA.

4. Shabazz Napier (Miami)

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4. Shabazz Napier (Miami)

Shabazz Napier Miami Heat
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In two games with the Heat, Napier's brief stint at the Summer League has been quite the roller coaster ride. He got off to a rough start in his first game, finishing with 12 points on 3-of-15 shooting and had two assists compared to eight turnovers. His next game, he became more of a facilitator, dishing out seven assists and also scoring 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting. Hopefully he can continue to improve after every game during the week.

3. Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia)

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3. Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia)

Nerlens Noel Philadelphia 76ers
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We finally had a chance to see Noel out on the court after tearing his ACL at the end of his freshman season at Kentucky in 2013, and he didn't disappoint. Noel stuffed the stat sheet, scoring 19 points on 6-of-11 shooting. He also tallied four steals, three assists, two rebounds and a block while making all seven of his free throw attempts. He came out aggressive on both ends, running the break and looking healthy. Hopefully he can keep it up.

3. Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia)

Here is a look at Noel's highlights from his first NBA game.

2. Jordan Adams (Memphis)

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2. Jordan Adams (Memphis)

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In two games in two days, Jordan Adams has done a little bit of everything for the Grizzlies. He is averaging 21 points per game and shooting a blazing hot 55.6 percent from three. In two games he has grabbed 10 rebounds, nabbed four steals and dished out five assists while making all 15 of his free throw attempts. This guy is energetic and all over the place. He brings that Grizzly toughness along with some offense that could help them as well.

1. James Ennis (Miami)

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1. James Ennis (Miami)

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The 50th overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft has shined bright so far in the Orlando sun. After two games, he is the second leading scorer in the Summer League, averaging 23.5 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists and 1.5 steals per game. Ennis shot 10-of-12 from the field on Sunday against the Nets, including a 7-of-8 mark from beyond the arc. This guy is on fire and quickly becoming one of the big storylines of the Summer League.