While the best players in the NBA get ready to play in the Olympics, the next class of stars are trying to make a name for themselves in the Las Vegas Summer League.
An event that started with only a few teams, the summer league now features most of the squads in the NBA.
Winning and losing does not matter as much as getting bench players and rookies some exposure. For undrafted free agents, the games provide a chance to show teams they deserve a roster spot.
These talented players will be ones to watch.
Kevin Jones, Cleveland Cavaliers
Somehow being player of the year in one of the best conferences in college basketball is not enough to get drafted.
The West Virginia small forward averaged 19.9 points and 10.9 rebounds per game last season and has the size to make it at the next level.
In Cleveland, he will have plenty of opportunities to earn playing time.
Scott Machado, Houston Rockets
Machado was one of the best pure point guard prospects in the draft, but seemed to fall through the cracks on draft day.
He led the nation in assists for Iona, and he could provide the Rockets with a steady leader to run the offense.
J'Covan Brown, Miami Heat
After opting to enter the draft a year early, Brown will have to fight for a roster spot with the world champion Heat.
Brown scared teams off due to weight problems, but he still has the ability to score as well as anyone in the country. He should have no problem lighting up the scoreboard in the summer league.
Terrell Stoglin, Toronto Raptors
Another high-scoring guard that will get a chance to shine in the showcase is former Maryland star Terrell Stoglin.
He has a great outside shot and can get to the basket, but questions about his defense and attitude might prevent him from making an NBA roster.
John Shurna, Atlanta Hawks
The top scorer in Northwestern history will be just another player this summer as Shurna tries to find a spot with the Hawks.
While he does not have elite athletic ability, he does all of the little things necessary to help a team win. Combine that with his solid shooting, and he should be able to impress the coaches enough to find himself on the roster.
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