NBA Summer League 2012: Intriguing Players to Keep an Eye On When Action Begins

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IJuly 9, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 31: Toney Douglas #23 of the New York Knicks dribbles the ball against Detroit Pistons at Madison Square Garden on January 31, 2012 in New York City.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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The NBA Summer League is about to kick off on July 13, as teams get an early look at some of their young players to see how they are progressing.

Summer basketball is always nice to get a first look at the rookies, as each of the 2012 lottery picks—except for the injured Anthony Davis—will be participating.

The 2012 NBA Summer League is also an opportunity for some of the 2011 draft class to make an impact, as well as a chance for lesser-known players to open some eyes.

These games will feature everything from undrafted college standouts to relatively unknown international talent and everything in between.

With that being said, here's a look at a few intriguing players to keep an eye on during 2012 summer league action.


Toney Douglas, New York Knicks

Douglas really fell out of favor in the Big Apple in 2012 and was the scapegoat for the Knicks' early-season failures.

Once Linsanity began, Douglas rarely got off the bench again for the Knicks.

He has shown flashes that he can play in his career and could use the summer league to potentially revitalize his career.


Scott Machado, Houston Rockets

For the most part I’m trying to stay away from rookies in this, but Machado is very intriguing.

The undrafted rookie who led the NCAA in assists last season is on the Houston roster. What makes that intriguing is the fact that the Rockets traded Kyle Lowry, watched Goran Dragic leave as a free agent and may watch the Knicks match Jeremy Lin’s offer sheet.

This is a franchise that now needs a point guard, and Machado will have the opportunity to open some eyes.


Adam Morrison, Brooklyn Nets

To say Morrison’s NBA career has been a failure would be an understatement, but the former Gonzaga star will get the chance to redeem himself.

He has a couple of rings, but this could be the last chance for the 27-year-old to prove he can be a capable NBA player.


Larry Sanders, Milwaukee Bucks

Sanders is a fantastic shot-blocker who now has the opportunity for minutes with Andrew Bogut out of the fold.

He has no offensive game to speak of, but if Sanders wants increased minutes behind new acquisition Samuel Dalembert, he has the opportunity to earn them.


Lance Stephenson, Indiana Pacers

While Stephenson may be known more for taunting LeBron James than anything he’s done on the court, he’s only 21 and is a 6’5” combo guard who is very talented.

An Indiana rotation that already features George Hill, Paul George and Darren Collison could be tough to crack, but Stephenson has the opportunity to start to make his case for minutes in 2013.