Which rooks are at head of class?

Originally Published: July 26, 2013
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
 Michael Carter-Williams, Victor Oladipo Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty ImagesOrlando's Victor Oladipo, who was drafted No. 2 overall, looks like he'll be an impact player as a rookie.

There's no other way to put it. Summer league was mostly hard-to-watch basketball, with some excellent play mixed in. The talent was not down, as some suggested in the bleachers of all three summer courts. (Yes, this year's draft class saw a number of picks -- most notably Anthony Bennett, Alex Len and Nerlens Noel -- unable to play because of injury, but there were still plenty of future NBA starters running around the courts.) It's just that the summer game is not really about playing to a player's strengths, and it's easier to install solid defense than it is offensive actions or sequences (as we discussed here).

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