1. Kyle Anderson, 2014, 2015, and 2016
The only player to make it on the list who had three stints in the summer, Kyle Anderson was (Summer) League MVP and first-team in 2015, and won the championship alongside Simmons.
Over 21 games, he scored 16 points (fifth all-time), nabbed 5.6 rebounds (sixth all-time), and snagged 1.5 steals (seventh all-time). Basically, over three seasons, he was averaging numbers players couldn’t hit in a single go.
His best summer was obviously 2015 when he brought a title home, but his 2016 encore was no small feat either. In 2015, he averaged 21 points and seven boards, and in 2016, those numbers stayed the exact same but there was no title for Anderson. His record of 15-6 in the Summer League should have been an indicator that he would have been the perfect Spur: a winner, an efficient scorer, and someone who can do it all.
Unfortunately, Summer League is nowhere near the best indicator of NBA success. If that were the case, Dejounte Murray would have played second fiddle to Lonnie Walker these last few seasons, and Josh Magette (who?) would have become the next Tony Parker.
Kyle Anderson went on to have a quite good NBA career. After eight seasons, he is still a highly sought-after role player who can be a defensive stopper, locker room presence, and leader of the bench unit. Is he an All-Star? Will he ever average 20? No and no, but the Summer League is for future bench players and role players to showcase all of their talents.
It is not a crystal ball, it’s a four-game season for fringe players to set the world on fire.