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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Buycks Ranks as 4th Best Big East Player in Summer League

Dwight Buycks was the 4th best Big East player in Summer League based on a ratings system that basically mirrors the one I used to rate all Marquette player in The Ultimate Hoops Guide: Marquette University. Only the Georgetown duo of Otto Porter and Hollis Thompson, as well as Creighton's Doug McDermott ranked higher.

Using Buycks as an example, the formula is based on game averages of 19.7 points + 2.3 rebounds +4.3 assists + (2 X 0.7 steals) + (2 X 0 blocked shots) - 12.6 points allowed - 7.3 shots missed = 7.75 rating. That is the 65th best ranking of the 359 players who played in at least three games.

The number that should jump out at everyone on this list is the 4.3 assists, which gives him the 18th best assists average in Summer League. I had an NBA Assistant GM tell me two years ago that most thought Dwight could score at the NBA-level, the key was if he could learn to get assists.

NBA ROSTER PLAYERS NOT IN SUMMER LEAGUE (14): Dwayne Wade, Wesley Mathews, Jae Crowder, Jimmy Butler and Steve Novak give Marquette five players on NBA rosters NOT on this list, the most of any Big East team. Georgetown 3 (Henry Sims, Jeff Green and Roy Hibbert), Villanova 2 (Kyle Lowry, Randy Foye), Butler (Gordon Hayward), Creighton (Kyle Korver), Seton Hall (Samuel Dalembert), St. John’s (Maurice Harkless) and Xavier (David West) round out the 14 roster players not in Summer League.

Buycks gives Marquette six players on current rosters, while Porter and Thompson give Georgetown five. Based purely on these ratings, the next best chances to add to those numbers are further down the list. Georgetown's Chris Wright ranks 132nd, followed by Marquette's Trent Lockett (147th), Vander Blue (192nd after a great outing Saturday), Davante Gardner (201st), Jamil Wilson (209th after pulling out a Summer League quarterfinal win with an incredible assist and rejection in the closing seconds of overtime periods).

RnkPlayerTop 3TeamRatingPtsRebAstStlX2BlockX2Pts AllFG Miss
Average Top 359 players3.657.
1Glen Rice JrGeorgia TechWAS21.1325.
2Justin HamiltonLSUMIA17.9618.
3Nerlens NoelKentuckyPHI17.8813.
Big East 
28Otto PorterGeorgetownWAS10.2719.
30Doug McDermottCreightonCHI10.0418.
49Hollis ThompsonGeorgetownPHI9.0413.
65Dwight BuycksMarquetteTOR7.7519.
88Ricky LedoProvidenceDAL6.0215.
113Vernon MacklinSt. John'sORL4.855.
132Chris WrightGeorgetownMIL4.
147Trent LockettMarquetteDLS3.4311.
157Bryce CottonProvidenceSAS3.
186Justin BrownleeSt. John'sCHA2.6110.
191DJ KennedySt. John'sMIN2.544.
192Vander BlueMarquetteSAS2.537.
201Davante GardnerMarquetteCHI2.313.
202Kenny FreaseXavierMIL2.
209Jamil WilsonMarquetteWAS2.
219Maalik WaynsVillanovaWAS1.835.
245Mouphtaou YarouVillanovaPHI1.
278DaJuan SummersGeorgetownBKN0.6710.
338Fuquan EdwinSeton HallOKC-1.581.

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