NBA Summer League 2017: Draft Picks to Watch on Monday as Pre-Season Continues in Vegas

The NBA's Summer League continues on Monday, with a host of top draft picks hoping to impress.

While these practice games provide valuable experience for rookies adjusting to professional basketball, they can come with a cost. The Philadelphia 76ers found that out on Saturday when the number one overall pick Markelle Fultz turned his ankle.

Fultz will miss the rest of the tournament but here are the other rookies to look out for on Monday.

Lauri Markkanen, Chicago Bulls

Markkanen may always have court attention for as long as his NBA career goes as part of the return the Bulls got for Jimmy Butler from the Timberwolves. Having picked Markkanen seventh overall out of Arizona State, the Timberwolves flipped him to the Bulls to land the All-Star swingman.

He began his pro career well, though, with 14 points and eight rebounds in a 91-75 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday.

Bulls fans get another chance to see the seven-foot center in action on Monday at 4 p.m. E.S.T. when Chicago takes on the Atlanta Hawks at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. If Markkanen keeps putting up points, he has the chance to turn around the perception that the Bulls lost out in the Butler deal.

Josh Jackson, Phoenix Suns

Jackson, the swingman out of Kansas tasked with lifting the Suns from the floor of the Western Conference, showed a little bit of everything in the 88-77 defeat to the Mavericks on Sunday in Vegas.

Jackson scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds and two assists but he also displayed some weaknesses, particularly his tendency to miss wide-open dunks.

Jackson and the Suns take on the Houston Rockets at Thomas and Mack Center on Monday at 6.30 p.m. E.S.T. Suns fans will be eager to see further progress, in the hope that the fourth overall pick can form a powerful rookie-sophomore combination with All-Rookie shooting guard Devin Booker.

Lonzo Ball, L.A. Lakers

Is Ball the player who scored five points and missed all but one of his three-pointers in his first Summer League game, or the guard who rebounded with a triple-double on Saturday evening?

The truth, at NBA level anyway, is probably somewhere in between. Ball has shown glimpses in his first two outings that he can be the catalyst and leader for the rebuilding Lakers that Magic Johnson wants and needs him to be. He's also been terrible on occasion, which is fine for a rookie, even a top draft pick with sky-high expectations. Ball gets a third outing on Monday when he comes up against…

De'Aaron Fox, Sacramento Kings

Perhaps no one among the top draft picks bar the Celtics' Jayson Tatum looked as NBA-ready on his Summer league debut as Fox. 18 points, five steals, four assists and three rebounds was an impressive haul but what really caught the eye was Fox's blazing speed around the court. In March during the Sweet 16, Fox dominated Ball on his way to 39 points as Kentucky knocked off UCLA. It's a matchup that will continue to draw significant interest in the NBA.

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