Mike Prada of SB Nation ranked NBA rookies for their summer-league performance, and Kim English made the “chance to be useful” category, which ranks ahead of Andre Drummond’s “developing” category:
Didn’t get as many opportunities to showcase his game as I would have liked, but he was lights out from three-point range and did a nice job playing off his teammates. There will be some games where he makes a very small impact because his teammates don’t find him, but when they did, he generally seemed to make the right play. I don’t foresee him having too many issues adjusting to the longer three-point line.
26. Andre Drummond, Pistons
Drummond started his week in Orlando slowly, getting shoved around inside by O’Quinn in a game against the Magic, but he came on nicely by the end of the week. Given how raw he is, the types of performances he put up in games against the Thunder and Celtics were very encouraging. Drummond altered plenty of shots in the Celtics game in particular and did a really nice job holding Sullinger down. He still has a long way to go, but the Pistons have to be happy he at least showed some flashes.
That seems fair to me. I’d rather have Drummond on my team considering his massive potential, but English is the better player today.
And as expected, Khris Middleton ranked near the bottom of the list:
46. Khris Middleton, Pistons: Take away his 5-5 performance against the Celtics, and he shot 7-26 from the field and 2-11 from three-point range. Not good for someone known for his shooting.
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