Seabron could be carving out a career for himself in Summer League

Dereon Seabron, New Orleans Pelicans. Jabari Walker, Portland Trail Blazers. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Dereon Seabron, New Orleans Pelicans. Jabari Walker, Portland Trail Blazers. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) /

For people aspiring to break into NBA media/scouting, the NBA’s annual Summer League in Los Vegas is a golden opportunity to do some networking and get your foot in the door.

But it isn’t only the spectators who are trying to land a full-time gig. Oftentimes, many of the players participating in the actual games are also trying to land a spot on a team’s NBA regular season roster. So in a sense, you have networking going on both on and off the court.

So far, one player who has had a ton of success networking on the hardwood is the New Orleans Pelicans guard Dereon Seabron.  Through two games, Seabron has averaged 17.5 PPG, 7.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, and 1.0 SPG while shooting 52.9% from the floor and 81% from the free throw line. And on Sunday, he dropped a 25-piece in the Pelicans’ win over the Golden State Warriors.

He played so well against the Warriors that he even earned a spot in’s Summer Standout column. Here is what they wrote about Seabron:

"“After going undrafted in 2022, Seabron became a two-way prospect for a Pelicans team trying to solidify its footing in the Western Conference. Seabron’s aggression could become an ingredient in that endeavor. The 6-foot-7 swingman was relentless attacking the rim on Sunday, making all eight of his field goal attempts in the paint while shooting 9-for-13 from the free throw line. Just as impressive was Seabron committing just two turnovers despite all his forays to the basket.”"

We’ve talked a ton this off-season about how much the Pelicans need players who can pressure the rim outside of Zion Williamson. Maybe Seabron can help aid them in that crusade.

If you’ll recall, Seabron was signed to a two-way contract in the Fall of 2022 after going undrafted in the 2022 NBA Draft. He only appeared in five regular season games for the Pelicans last year. However, he did play in 28 games for the Pelicans’ G League affiliate, the Birmingham Squadron. In those games, he averaged 17.8 points, 5.1 assists, and 4.8 rebounds in 33.3 minutes per contest. He played so well that the Pelicans re-signed him to another two-way deal in April.

You don’t need us to tell you that two games is a super small sample and that we’ve seen plenty of Summer League flashes in the pan like this before. But you should still keep an eye on Seabron. Because if he continues playing like this, he could be in for a long, prosperous NBA career.

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