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Cheick Diallo and Quinn Cook showings in Las Vegas Summer League bode well for future

The New Orleans Pelicans duo finished in the top 5 of offensive efficiency among high volume players.

NBA: Summer League-New Orleans Pelicans vs Los Angeles Lakers Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Cheick Diallo may have only walked away with All-NBA Second Team honors from Las Vegas, but no other high volume shooter in the tournament was able to surpass his scoring efficiency. Furthermore, his teammate, Quinn Cook, also managed to finish within the top 5 of this important category.

Now before you ridicule me for drinking the summer league kool-aid, I understand typical raw stats should be taken with a grain of salt, as should fancy awards. Go look at the summer league MVP list — the more recent recipients read more like a where-are-they-now rather than a prestigious who’s who directory.

That said, realize there are some things that can translate, and one of them appears to be the future roles of highly efficient gunners.

Based on the 2016 Synergy Offensive Efficiency Leaderboard, the most efficient high volume players who had already completed their rookie seasons in the league all went on to carve out minutes in rotations. Two of them, Gary Harris and Devin Booker, are highly coveted starters in the league.

No, we shouldn’t expect Cook to crack the starting lineup — after all he is 24 years of age — but both he and Diallo are likely ready to contribute in the rotation.

Considering the New Orleans Pelicans depth issues a year ago and the salary cap restricting the team from filling it as fully as they would prefer, the performances of Diallo and Cook in exhibition play are a big deal and they should factor in any immediate future moves by the front office.

There is less of a need than ever to have both Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca to continue rotting on the bench, meanwhile the Pelicans could still use more shooting but most likely it should come at the small forward position. Honestly, New Orleans may be just one fortunate trade away from fielding a rather complete roster for the 2017-18 season.

Thank you for this pleasant and timely surprise, Cheick and Quinn!