NBA Summer League: Top Rookies And Youngsters Show Their Stuff In Vegas

Las Vegas Summer League wrapped up on Sunday with the announcement that Damian Lillard and Josh Selby had been named Co-MVPs.

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Luke Sikma, The NBA Summer League's Most Random Standout

The most random standout from the second weekend of NBA Summer League was the emergence of former Portland Pilots power forward Luke Sikma, playing for the Minnesota Timberwolves in lovely Las Vegas.


Big Winner: Mavs Coach Monte Mathis Improves His Craft At Vegas Summer League

Wins and losses at the NBA Summer League aren't often seen as an important piece of the puzzle. For up-and-coming coaches like Dallas Mavericks assistant Monte Mathis, however, Vegas offered an excellent opportunity.


2012 NBA Summer League: All Free Agent Team

A look at the top free agents who played at 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.


2012 NBA Summer League: All-Rookie Team

Scott Schroeder on the top rookies to play in the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas.


2012 NBA Summer League: All-Veteran Team

Scott Schroeder unveils his top players already on NBA rosters at Summer League.


Damian Lillard, Then Everyone Else: Ranking The 52 Rookies At Summer League

Damian Lillard was clearly the standout rookie on the 2012 Summer League circuit, but who else was impressive? We rank the 52 drafted rookies that took part in the competition in either Orlando or Las Vegas.


NBA Summer League Wraps Up Another Memorable Year

Sixty games in 10 days was just as beautiful as it sounds to Scott Schroeder, who wraps up the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League as it ends.


NBA Summer League Snubs Adam Morrison, Names Josh Selby And Damian Lillard Co-MVPs

LAS VEGAS -- Sin City hosted ten days of NBA Summer League action and, on Sunday afternoon, the organizers decided to wrap everything up with a Summer League All-Star team. That All-Star team didn't include Adam Morrison, but it did give Co-MVP honors to Josh Selby and Damian Lillard.

It's peculiar that Morrison wasn't named to the team after a standout week -- especially after garnering MVP chants during his final game on Sunday -- but Selby and Lillard are both worthy of the honor of being named the Most Valuable Player(s).

Selby had already wrapped up co-MVP honors prior to his final game of the week thanks to lighting it up from behind the three-point line. Through four games, the second-year guard had nailed 24 of his 34 attempts from beyond the arc (70.6 percent) while averaging 27.5 points and 2.5 steals prior to the final game of the Summer.

Lillard, the Portland Trail Blazers first round pick, showed that his standout career at Weber State might translate better than most thought it might to the next level. The quick-footed guard showed quite a bit of athleticism as he averaged 26.5 points, 5.3 assists and four rebounds through four games before sitting out the final game.

The remainder of the Summer League All-Stars according to the league are as follows:


Josh Selby's Shooting, Attitude Shine At Summer League

Josh Selby has had more than his fair share of problems in the past, but the young Memphis Grizzlies guard seems to have grown up -- and found an impeccable jump shot -- while playing in the NBA Summer League.


Finding A Spot For Adam Morrison

Adam Morrison is trying to prove he's worth an NBA roster spot, and though he still doesn't do much more than score, at least he's been really fun to watch while in Las Vegas.


Can John Henson Leverage Potential Into Performance?

The Bucks' lottery pick John Henson is already a strong shotblocker and defender. But how he leverages his considerable tools to reach his potential will determine just how good he can be as a player overall.


For Sophomores, Summer League Is About More Than Big Numbers

Second-year players are putting up huge numbers at Vegas Summer League. But more importantly, they're building close relationships with their coaches.


Nolan Smith Hospitalized After Head Injury At Vegas Summer League

Trail Blazers guard Nolan Smith was hospitalized Monday after suffering a blow to the head during a game against the Rockets at Vegas Summer League.


David Harrison Hopes To Replace Your Memories Of Him

David Harrison once seemed like he might end up being a promising player in the NBA. After being involved in the Malice at the Palace, the infamous Club Rio shooting and an eventual drug suspension, the big man is now nearing 30 and hoping for another chance while plying his trade at the NBA Summer League.


The NBA's Best Unsigned Free Agents At Vegas Summer League

Many of the best players in Vegas need no introduction, but several unheralded standouts are turning heads -- and just might earn themselves a training camp invite.


For Better Or Worse, Bradley Beal Is A Coach's Dream

Most young basketball players are talented, but don't know best how to function in a team setting. That's what makes Bradley Beal so special.


Knicks' Light Summer League Roster Doesn't Spell Doom

Fear not, NBA fans (and especially you, Knicks fans) -- your NBA Summer League roster isn't quite as important as it might seem.


Kyrie Irving Injury: Reportedly Broken Right Hand May Keep Guard Out 6-8 Weeks

An injury to Kyrie Irving's hand makes the Cavs guard perhaps the most prominent casualty of Summer League play ever. But the proposed timeframe of the injury does not sound all that bad for Irving.

That right hand would be Irving's primary ball-handling hand, but he's one of the many ambidextrous dribblers in the NBA. And, fortunately for the Cavaliers, an eight-week timetable for Irving's recovery would put him back on the court in the middle of September, more than a month before the beginning of the 2012-13 NBA regular season, likely in plenty of time for training camp.

That's good news for the Cavs, who could certainly use the 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year as they attempt to return to the stratum of the league that they occupied when LeBron James wore the wine and gold.

For more on Summer League, head to our StoryStream. For more on the Cavaliers, head to Fear the Sword.


Kyrie Irving Injury: Cavs Guard In Cast, May Have Broken Hand

Kyrie Irving's fantastic summer may already be over. The 2011-12 NBA Rookie of the Year is reportedly in a hand cast.


Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Puts Clichés Into Action

How does Michael Kidd-Gilchrist play hard and with a purpose? We picked out a couple things he demonstrated in his breakout Summer League debut.


Thomas Robinson Shows He Can Do More Than Just Go Hard

Thomas Robinson struggled according to the box score in Friday's nightcap at NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, but the Sacramento Kings rookie showed that he's able to impact the game in other ways.


Welcome To Vegas Summer League, Where Basketball Is Religion

Vegas Summer League begins Friday, offering an opportunity for fans to see glimpses of future stars and for players on the fringe to cement their NBA careers. Scott Schroeder previews the session from Sin City.


Orlando Summer League Day 1 Recap: Jared Sullinger, Perry Jones Impress

Day 1 of the NBA's Orlando Summer League is in the books, and a couple of first-round picks had big days. Jared Sullinger and Perry Jones III were both expected to be high picks at one point this season, but both fell out of the lottery for various reasons. On Monday, they took steps towards proving their doubters wrong in a game against each other.

Sullinger had 16 points on 6-12 shooting and six rebounds in the Boston Celtics' 73-65 win against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and CelticsBlog offered their take on his performance.

Jared Sullinger is proving his doubters wrong. He's a load to handle in the paint (going 7-7 from the free throw line) and his jumper looks good and he can put it on the floor (shooting 6-12), but he needs to continue to lose weight and become more agile laterally. There were several times when he showed hard on a pick-and-roll and backpedaled out of control in recovery. Offensively though, he's a stud.

Jones was a standout performer for the Thunder with 16 points and 8 rebounds. Welcome To Loud City recapped his game.

It's true that the concerns voiced about Jones' game and effort have some merit, as he did settle for a few jumpers and wasn't part of the offense at times. But he never really took a contested shot, and he managed to get high percentage looks around the rim, got a putback at one point, and even took on Fab Melo. Heck, he was even drawing double-teams. His most memorable moments came when he scored a sick fadeaway after creating space on JaJuan Johnson, and when he rebounded his own post shot for a quick score.

Elsewhere, a pair of Orlando Magic rookies put in great performances. The forward tandem of Kyle O'Quinn and Andrew Nicholson combined for 40 points and 16 rebounds in the Magic's 92-88 win over the Brooklyn Nets. MarShon Brooks, who is rumored to be involved in the Nets' potential trade for Dwight Howard, shot 0-10 from the floor.

Second-round pick Orlando Johnson out of UC-Santa Barbara was the Indiana Pacers' top performer in their 69-63 win over the Philadelphia 76ers, with 19 points. Jacob Pullen, who just returned to the United States after a year playing professionally in Italy, led the Sixers with 15 points.

A number of Detroit Pistons youngsters had good days, with rookie Kim English leading the way with 18 points in their 76-73 win over the Utah Jazz. NBA regulars Brandon Knight and Austin Daye also scored in double digits, along with former Duke star Kyle Singler, who recently joined the Pistons from Real Madrid. Deron Washington, who has bounced around the D-League and Europe, led the Jazz with 13 points in just nine minutes on the floor.

For more on the Orlando Pro Summer League and the Las Vegas Summer League, visit this StoryStream.

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