Zach Edey, Stephon Castle, and other notable rookie performers so far in the NBA Summer League

Published July 10, 2024, 4:04 PMPao Ambat

Lottery picks Zach Edey and Stephon Castle are some of the young hoopers who are showing a glimpse of their game in the Summer League.

Zach Edey and Stephon Castle were in action for their respective teams in the Summer League | Photo (c) Grizzlies, Spurs

The NBA Summer League is underway, offering players a platform to showcase their talent in a less intense setting than the regular season.

Here’s some notable players who are already showing some glimpse of their potential in the ongoing California Classic and Salt Lake City Summer League. 

Zach Edey (Memphis Grizzlies)

The no. 9 pick of this year’s draft racked up an impressive debut performance with the Memphis Grizzlies via a monster 14-point, 15-rebound double-double, including a game-tying basket to send the game to overtime. 

The 7-foot-4 rookie missed a potential game-winning put back dunk down the stretch, but made up for that blunder with a wild tip-in after an intentionally missed free throw to force the extra period. 


However, the Grizzlies fell to Keyonte George– more on him later– and the Utah Jazz. 


 Edey also added four blocks on an efficient 7-for-12 shooting in 33 minutes, imposing his size throughout the match.

Stephon Castle (San Antonio Spurs)

The no. 4 overall pick in this year’s draft came up with a rather decent performance in the San Antonio Spurs’ 89-67 win against a Chinese-select team. 

Castle finished with three steals overall to go with 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists in 26 minutes and despite a rough 8-of-21 shooting, the former Connneticut Husky showed some flashes of athleticism and defensive skills that prompted San Antonio to take him fourth overall.

Keyonte George (Utah Jazz)


Speaking of George, a member of the All-Summer League First Team honors in Las Vegas last year, the 20-year-old compensated for a tough shooting night (5-of-21) with an aggressive game that saw him connected on 17 of 19 free throws attempts against the Grizzlies.  


 The 2023 first round pick finished with a team-high 30 points, including the game-winning free throws, with four rebounds and four assists in 32 minutes.


Kel’el Ware (Miami Heat)

The Miami Heat might have found another hidden gem in the draft yet again. 


 Rookie Kel’el Ware put together a clinical performance for the Heat against the Sacramento Kings, logging 26 points, 11 rebounds, and three assists in a 102-86 win. 



The rookie big man took command inside the shaded lane, going for 12-for-21 in the field and imposed himself on the floor and did whatever he wanted against decent competition.


Jaylen Wells (Memphis Grizzlies)


 First, it was Zach Edey. And now, its Jaylen Wells. The Grizzlies are bringing business in the Summer League with a couple of bright young studs. 


 Wells, the 39th pick of this year’ draft, bucked a rough shooting night (9-for-23), thanks to a 12-point fourth quarter run. He also drilled the game-winning floater in an 87-85 comeback win against the Philadelphia 76ers. 

Wells scored 27 points to lead all scorers, combining with UConn product Cam Spencer--who tallied an all-around game of 18 points, eight assists, seven rebounds--as the Grizzlies clawed back from an early 18-point deficit for their first win.