Summer League: Grading the top five draft picks

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Ben Simmons

The excitement surrounding the number one draft pick is always huge at Summer League and it was no different this year as the former LSU youngster lived up to his hype.

There were question marks over Philly's decision to rest Simmons twice, but when he did take to the court he showed an awareness and handling that befitted both his age and physical stature.

He struggled with his jump shot at times but averaged a 40 percent success rate on his 44 attempts. But it was his passing that really stole the show; 22 dimes in four games, including some incredible behind-the-back plays, showcased his eye for a pass. Although his 21 turnovers show that he has work to do.

Grade: A-

Brandon Ingram

His slight frame has been a concern throughout his prep career and it was really put to the test during the event in Las Vegas.

The physical approach adopted by the Golden State Warriors and Philadelphia 76ers affected his jump shot massively as he was restricted to seven points in each outing, but we saw a side of his game few expected as he got physical and earned numerous trips to the line.

As the tournament went on, we got a glimpse of what he could do. In two losing efforts for the Lakers against the Cavaliers and Jazz, he scored 18 and 22 points respectively. His game-high against Utah involved two threes and also saw him go 9-13 from the field.

Grade: B-

Jaylen Brown

Another player who grew into the tournament as it went on. Brown overcame his slow start to showcase his athleticism and all-around game by averaging 16 points and 6.2 rebounds.

In the first two encounters against the Bulls and the Suns, the forward was limited to a total of 14 points on 3-19 shooting, including going 0-6 in game two.

However, he sprung into life and scored 20, 25 and 21 in his final three Vegas outings. He showed a willingness to encounter contact throughout the tournament and went to the line on a number of occasions, picking up 12 from the stripe during game three.

Grade: B+

Dragan Bender

His weaknesses were exposed in Las Vegas and it is clear to see why the youngster isn't tipped to have a big impact straight away in the league.

Bender was used as a perimeter player throughout the majority of Phoenix's run as he struggled to deal with the physicality of older and bigger guys.

The youngest player at the comp was not able to showcase his passing and also struggled from the field. It will be some time before he truly makes his mark in the NBA.

Grade: D

Kris Dunn

One of the biggest disappointments of the tournament was Kris Dunn's concussion. The Timberwolves have made their way to the final without their number five pick, but he was cooking in the first two games.

They may have lost both, but Dunn showed a surprising scoring level in the encounters. Known more for his facilitating in college, he averaged 24 points, attacked the basket, got to the line, showed a good mid-range and even nailed one from three.

Shooting over 50 percent, he also pulled down seven rebounds a night and was a menace on defence with his steals, grabbing two each outing.

Grade: B

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