Rockets Cam Whitmore named NBA Summer League MVP

2023 NBA Summer League - Detroit Pistons v Houston Rockets
2023 NBA Summer League - Detroit Pistons v Houston Rockets

Whatever red flags sent Cam Whitmore tumbling down draft boards from high lottery to the Rockets scooping him up at 20, maybe they should have been beige flags.

Whitmore averaged 20.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and three steals a night across five games in the Las Vegas Summer League, enough to earn him MVP honors.

"He has a real, real unique game, plays really hard," said fellow Rocket Jabari Smith Jr. "He's young, he's just real explosive. So I just tried to tell him to keep it simple and let the game come to him."

Smith only played two games in Las Vegas, but was so impressive in those outings he joined Whitmore on the All Summer League Teams


Keyonte George, Jazz (Backcourt)
Sam Merrill, Cavaliers (Backcourt)
Orlando Robinson, Heat (Frontcourt)
Hunter Tyson, Nuggets (Frontcourt)
Cam Whitmore, Rockets (Frontcourt)

Second Team

Max Christie, Lakers (Backcourt)
Javon Freeman-Liberty, Bulls (Backcourt)
Xavier Moon, Clippers (Backcourt)
Emoni Bates, Cavaliers (Frontcourt)
Jabari Smith, Rockets (Frontcourt)
Jalen Wilson, Nets (Frontcourt)

(Christie and Moon were tied in the number of votes, leading to three backcourt players and six players on the second team.)