3. Stud - Olivier-Maxence Prosper
For the second-straight game, both of the Dallas Mavericks’ rookies make it onto the “Studs” list, and Olivier-Maxence Prosper might be just as defensively gifted as Dereck Lively II.
The Mavericks traded into the draft to select Propser, and with him and Lively as their rookie haul, they may have snagged two of the best defensive players in the draft.
Prosper’s performance against the Warriors was his best to date in Summer League, as he was able to impact the game not only on the defensive end but on the offensive end as well.
The rookie finished the night with 17 points, 10 rebounds, three assists, and one steal while shooting 3-of-8 from the field and 3-of-5 from behind the three-point line. He also shot 8-of-10 from the free-throw line.
For the first time this summer, Prosper was able to connect on some threes, nailing all three of his triples. If he can become a somewhat-reliable shooter, he should get regular minutes at the NBA level.
Prosper’s defensive talent is absurd, as he was utilizing his elite energy and athleticism to hound the Warriors, making life hard for anyone he was matched up against.
With the level of intensity he plays with, Jason Kidd may have a new favorite player in his forward rotation.