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5 Rookies with the best field goal shooting percentage in the 2021 NBA Summer League so far

Jalen Green (center) has been one of the most efficient three-level scorers in the 2021 NBA Summer League so far.
Jalen Green (center) has been one of the most efficient three-level scorers in the 2021 NBA Summer League so far.
Arhaan Raje
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The 2021 NBA Summer League has been extremely exciting, with rookies from the 2021 NBA draft flourishing in their pro debuts.

Most of these players have shown a tremendous amount of maturity and composure in their performances. The 2021-22 NBA season looks all set to be exciting already, thanks to these young prospects who have all the potential to become the superstars of the league in the foreseeable future.

The 2021 NBA Draft saw some really efficient shooters. Jalen Green, the #2 overall pick, has proved it so far. The Houston Rockets guard has shot 51% from the field on just 12.4 attempts per game. His ability to make an impact with limited attempts adds a lot of value to his team's overall performance. It is one of the major reasons they have been one of the best teams in the 2021 NBA Summer League so far.

On that note, let's take a look at the top five rookies who have recorded the highest field goal percentage so far with at least 10 attempts per game in the 2021 NBA Summer League.


2021 NBA Summer League: Listing the 5 rookies with the best field goal shooting percentages so far (minimum 10 attempts per game)

#5 Aaron Wiggins - OKC Thunder (FG%: 48.1)

Aaron Wiggins #2 of the Maryland Terrapins in action
Aaron Wiggins #2 of the Maryland Terrapins in action

Aaron Wiggins of the OKC Thunder is the fifth most efficient field goal shooter on this list. Wiggins has been a revelation for the Thunder. He was selected 55th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft and has averaged 14.5 points and five rebounds per game so far in the summer league.

Wiggins has been remarkable with his shooting, converting 6.5-of-13.5 shots per game. His three-point shot is something he will have to improve upon though, as he has only shot 11.1% from the deep on 4.5 attempts per contest.


#4 Sharife Cooper - Atlanta Hawks (FG%: 51.2)

Sharife Cooper #2 of the Auburn Tigers in action
Sharife Cooper #2 of the Auburn Tigers in action

Next on the list is the Atlanta Hawks' #48 pick, Sharife Cooper. Akin to Wiggins, Cooper is also one of the few second-rounders who has really impressed with his showings so far in the 2021 NBA Summer League. He has averaged 17.7 points and an impressive nine assists per contest across three games so far.

Cooper has shot 51.2% from the field on 14.3 attempts per game from the floor. He has also converted a respectable 38.1% of his shots from the three-point line.

#3 Jalen Green - Houston Rockets (FG%: 51.4)

Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets
Jalen Green of the Houston Rockets

Jalen Green has been highly impressive in the 2021 NBA Summer League. He looked set to have his highest-scoring game in the Houston Rockets' last game against the Toronto Raptors. However, he ended up injuring his hamstring and could miss out on the rest of the campaign as a precautionary measure ahead of the regular season.

If that was indeed his last NBA Summer League game of the season, it has truly been a remarkable run for the 19-year old. Green has been efficient as a three-level scorer, shooting 51.4% from the field, 52.6% from the three-point line and 92.9% from the charity stripe.

He has also averaged 20.3 points per game so far. Green's scoring average took a hit after he had to leave midway through the first half of the game between the Houston Rockets and Toronto Raptors on Thursday.


#2 Jalen Johnson - Atlanta Hawks (FG%: 56.4)

Jalen Johnson #1 shoots the ball
Jalen Johnson #1 shoots the ball

The Atlanta Hawks will be very happy with the way their rookies have played in the 2021 NBA Summer League. They relied on youth energy in the 2020-21 NBA season as well and would be more than happy to have some more of it for the upcoming campaign. Jalen Johnson, their #20 pick overall is another player who has flourished in his pro-debut tournament.

He has averaged 17 points and 10.3 rebounds per contest across three games in the 2021 NBA Summer League so far. Johnson has shot 56.4% from the field on 13 attempts per game, which is the second-best among players with a minimum of 10 attempts per contest.


#1 Trey Murphy III - New Orleans Pelicans (FG%: 59.3)

Trey Murphy III (left in action)
Trey Murphy III (left in action)

New Orleans Pelicans swingman Trey Murphy III is first on this list. He was drafted 17th overall in this year's draft. Murphy came into the NBA side with a lot of expectations because of his elite 3-and-D skills as a player. He hasn't disappointed at all and has averaged an impressive 18 points, 7.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in the 2021 NBA Summer League so far.

Murphy has done so, shooting 59.3% from the field on 11 attempts per contest. His three-point shooting has also been remarkable as he has made 50% of his shots from deep on six attempts per contest.

Edited by Anantaajith Ra
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