Summer League's biggest draws
Wiggins, Parker and Noel packed the gym and emerged as must-see players
When it comes to watching summer league performances, I have a few rules:
1. Look for production over inefficiency
2. Check for size and length issues that caused the player trouble
3. Compare rookies' performances with how they looked as college players
I've watched summer league games for more than a decade, and from that perspective, one could see that the 2014 rookie class thrilled many fans in Las Vegas and Orlando. This class has every chance to be remembered as elite, which is why the attendance numbers in Las Vegas rocketed.
The lines to get into these games were often long, with nearly standing-room only. So as we bookend Insider's Summer School series, let's take a look at the six most popular guys. They excited fans, executives and the media more than any other players, and were the reason why so many flocked to Thomas & Mack Arena and the Cox Pavilion.
In his first summer league game, Wiggins was matched up against Milwaukee's Jabari Parker. Wiggins quickly made it clear he had heard his limit of the "not assertive enough" criticism that echoed during his season at Kansas and through the NBA draft.
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