The NBA summer league thus far is going one of two ways for duke fans: either you are really happy for the production you’ve seen out of our stars from last season, or you’re a tad salty that so many of them left after only one year with the Blue Devils (in case you’re wondering, I’m salty).
All five of Duke’s starters from last season are now participating in the NBA summer league. Grayson Allen (Utah Jazz), Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings), Gary Trent Jr. (Portland Trailblazers), Wendell Carter Jr. (Chicago Bulls), and Trevon Duval (Houston Rockets) are showing critics why they were so highly praised as future pros while in college.
🔵😈 Leading Scorers in @NBASummerLeague
— Duke Basketball (@DukeMBB) July 12, 2018
(Tweet refers to leading scorers who have come from Duke, not entire summer league)
Allen and Trent have come more as a surprise than the likes Bagley and Carter; those two had “pro talent” clearly written all over them. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying Allen and Trent wouldn’t make it in the league, they just weren’t supposed to show as much as they did in the combine and now in the summer league.
We haven’t mentioned Trevon Duval yet. Oh Trevon, there were so many expectations and so much hype upon his arrival in Durham, but alas…he massively underperformed as the starting point guard. After many costly turnovers and questionable decision-making at Duke, many believed there was a chance he would stay for his sophomore season. He did not. Duval wasn’t drafted however, and this did not come as a surprise to anyone. The Houston Rockets took a chance and signed him as an un-drafted free agent.
Duval’s first game was July 6 against the Pacers. He went off for 20 points along with three rebounds and two assists, as well as 2-for-2 from the 3-point line. Like what?? Did you just need to get paid Trevon? That was arguable the biggest surprise from the Blue Devil entourage so far this summer.
They all fit well into pro systems–we knew this would be the case. With advanced speed and athleticism from such a young age, and all with the ability to shoot from long-range, these kids were always going to make it.
So be sure to follow these five down the road–we’re witnessing the making of future all-stars.