Watch to watch for during Trail Blazers summer league #1: The future backcourt
The main attraction for eager fans is the preview of what the next decade of Blazers basketball may look like behind the franchise’s two premium talents. Both Shaedon Sharpe, last year’s No. 7 pick, and Scoot Henderson, this year’s No. 3 pick, are slated to play in Las Vegas.
Sharpe took a few months to get his feet under him, but when the Blazers committed to tanking, he got more than a dozen starts and dominated during that period with one of the more impressive closes by a prospect in recent memory. More chances on the ball would be a welcome sight for Sharpe, as he’s still a bit of a raw prospect when it comes to scoring efficiency.
Luckily, he won’t have to do it alone. Henderson had a more muted second season for the G League Ignite after a raucous first campaign, but his talent shouldn’t be overlooked. Had Victor Wembanyama not been in the draft class, there’s a good shot Henderson would’ve gone first overall.
Each of the star guard prospects are slated to get a lot of touches in a variety of different settings, which can only be good for their respective developments, and if recent Twitter highlights are anything to go off of, Blazers fans may be in for a high-flying show at this year’s summer league: