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Caleb Swanigan Receives Praise From NBA Scout

Sporting News' Sean Deveney spoke with an anonymous NBA scout to get analysis on Caleb Swanigan's Summer League performance.

NBA: Summer League-San Antonion Spurs at Portland Trail Blazers Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Trail Blazers' selection of Caleb Swanigan in last month's NBA Draft appears to be a steal in the making, as the rookie from Purdue surpassed expectations at Las Vegas Summer League.

Buoyed by Swanigan's impressive play, the injury depleted Blazers marched all the way to the Summer League finale. During Portland's extended run, the play of the big fella caught the eye of the NBA community. Sporting News' Sean Deveney had the chance to speak with an anonymous NBA scout about the top performers from Las Vegas, and the scout had this to say about Swanigan.

“His approach. He is an all-out player. I can see him being your first big man off the bench right away in the league. He is not going to short you on hustle. But he does have some skill, too. He can shoot the ball and he is very intelligent as a rebounder.”

Thanks to his impressive motor and rebounding acumen, Swanigan averaged a double-double through his eight games in Las Vegas, putting him in a rare statistical group. Swanigan now joins the trio of Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, and Marreese Speights as one of the only rookies to average at least 10 points and 10 rebounds at Summer League.

Along with the praise, the anonymous scout also shared some concerns regarding Swanigan's ability to stretch the floor.

“Love to see him be a stretch-4, he showed some flashes of that in college. But he needs to be quicker with his outside shot and a lot more consistent.”

Swanigan's 27.3 percent shooting from three might have been his only glaring weakness from his play in Las Vegas. Even with his outside shooting woes in mind, he gave Blazer fans plenty of reasons to be excited about his future in Portland.