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September 15, 2013 by Ell and Mike Sports
2nd Year Players Who Standout
- SG/PG Austin Rivers (Pelicans) – Rivers looked like the player we thought we would see when he came out of Duke. In the summer league, Rivers was lights out when it came to scoring whether shooting the ball or driving to the basket. He showed that his game has evolved and he has really trained hard; hopefully this translates into a good season. If he continues this development, he could push the Pelicans into the playoffs.
- SG/SF Kenny Bazemore (Warriors) – Bazemore has shown flashes at times off the bench for the Warriors despite playing limited minutes. However, he really showed what he can be in the summer league games looking like a leader out there who could be a solid go to scorer. He just seems to have a knack for putting the ball in the hoop. If his play translates into the regular season, then the Warriors will have a very crowded backcourt with even more scoring.
- SF Jae Crowder (Mavs) – Crowder was one of the vets expected to do damage in the summer league, and that’s what he did. He displayed the same quickness and hustle in these games as he did last season. It seems like Crowder has developed as nice drive game and was one of the summer league stars until getting injured. He should have an improved sophomore year based on this summer.
- SG John Jenkins (Hawks) – Jenkins didn’t play much as a rookie, but after his showing in the summer league games he could be a solid contributor off the bench. He showed a good scoring touch, but must continue to work on his 3-point shot. He is also a willing defender and rebounder, despite his size (6’4).
- C Jonas Valanciunas (Raptors) – Valanciunas averaged a double-double and dominated the lesser competition, but this is what the Raptors wanted to see. He showed that he is a good offensive/defensive Center which is hard 2 find and he appears to be ready for a big season, if this kind of play continues into the regular season.
- SF/PF Draymond Green (Warriors) – Green showed flashes similar to his teammate Bazemore, but appears ready to replace PF Carl Landry. He displayed a good inside/outside game playing with toughness. Green was very physical and aggressive showing that he could also be a good defensive presence with his slimmed down physique.
- PG Brian Roberts (Pelicans) – Roberts showed off his scoring abilities to continue to prove he belongs in the league. He is still a good passer and willing rebounder which shows heart and toughness. Roberts is a good floor leader making him a solid reserve PG.
- PF/C Miles Plumlee (Suns via trade w/Pacers) – Plumlee displayed good energy and hustle while posting a double-double. He played good defense and paint presence while really dominating the competition. This was a big surprise, but if his game in the summer league translates into the regular season then he will be a good energy guy off the bench this season.
- SG Jeremy Lamb (Thunder) – Lamb displayed his potential as a scorer, passer, and rebounder that everyone hoped to see coming out of college. He still needs to work on his shot selection from the 3-point line and limit his turnovers. Lamb could be a streaky shooter off the bench this season sometimes lighting up the competition, but he is on a good team that could use him accordingly.
- SG/PG Dion Waiters (Cavs) – After a good rookie season, Waiters showed that he could be a good 1-2 punch with PG Kyrie Irving despite shooting inconsistencies. However, during the summer league Waiters was lights out proving to be a legit scorer and leader on the floor showing the rookies how it’s done out there. Hopefully, this translates into a great regular season which should push the Cavs into the playoff hunt.
- PG Marquis Teague (Bulls) – Teague never made his mark in his rookie season in the absence of PG Derrick Rose. However, in the summer games Teague dominated the competition showing off his scoring abilities and improvement as a passer. He also displayed a good scoring touch, but must really improve on the defensive end. Teague could be a solid surprise contributor off the bench for the Bulls.
- SF/SG Jeffery Taylor (Bobcats) – Taylor showed a great scoring touch as a go to scorer on the court playing aggressively and physically. He has a nice range from 3-point a need for the Bobcats so he could be ready to compete for a starting spot, if not he will be a solid bench contributor.
- PF/C John Henson (Bucks) – Henson kept the theme going of solid rebounding, defense, and shot blocking from last season. He continues to score cleanup buckets and needs work on the offensive end, but he should be ready for the starting job.
- PF/C Andre Drummond (Pistons) – Drummond continues to be a good defensive, rebounding center. He showed improvement on his interior post presence and he should be ready to show progress as a more polished defensive center. He also averaged a double-double with good overall stats to follow as he dominated the competition.
- SF/PF Terrence Jones (Rockets) – Jones was not as ready as everyone thought coming out of college, but this summer shows that he has been working on his game. His scoring was inconsistent, but he has shown an ability to pass, rebound, and knock down an occasional 3-point shot. When he struggled on the offensive end, he picked up his effort on the defensive end; this is a good sign displaying his growth. Jones should be a consistent player off the bench and should see significant time in different lineups.
- PF Thomas Robinson (Blazers via trade w/Rockets) – Robinson never really made his mark in the league in his rookie years despite being a high draft pick and being considered NBA ready. He must have been training hard after being traded again because he absolutely dominated the competition averaging a double-double showing athleticism, strength, and hustle. If this is a sign of what’s to come this season, then Robinson should be a solid find for the Blazers contributing off the bench giving them even more post depth.