Vegas Summer League 2012: Top Undrafted Rookies Looking to Make an NBA Roster

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJuly 9, 2012

DAYTON, OH - MARCH 13:  Scott Machado #3 of the Iona Gaels drives on Craig Cusick #2 of the Brigham Young Cougars in the second half in the first round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at UD Arena on March 13, 2012 in Dayton, Ohio.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The 2012 NBA Summer League is a showcase for some of the best young players in the game today and while stars such as Anthony Davis and Bradley Beal were selected very high in the draft and have roster spots guaranteed, some rookies have to work a lot harder to make an NBA roster.

Summer League basketball also features a ton of rookies who went undrafted that are trying to open up some eyes in order to make an NBA roster.

With that being said, here's a look at a handful of players who may have the best shot to make an NBA roster with a strong Summer League showing.


Scott Machado, Houston Rockets

Machado is a very good point guard who led the NCAA in assists (9.9) a season ago. With the Knicks likely to match the offer sheet to Jeremy Lin, the Rockets are a team without a point guard after trading Kyle Lowry, losing Goran Dragic to free agency.

The Iona product will have a golden opportunity to make a good first impression.


William Buford, Minnesota Timberwolves

The Wolves need some shooters and Buford, despite not having very good workouts, is a guard that can not only shoot the ball but attack the basket as well.

Minnesota needs some production from the 2 and Buford could turn into a surprise.


Kevin Jones, Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cavs gave Jones a partially guaranteed contract so that means with a good Summer League performance, Jones will likely get an invite to training camp and the opportunity to make the Cavs roster.


Ashton Gibbs, Brooklyn Nets

Gibbs is a sleeper and the former Pitt guard is small to play the 2 in the NBA and isn't exactly point guard material, but he can shoot the rock and with a strong performance in Vegas, Gibbs could open some eyes.

If the Nets pull a trade for Dwight Howard, they may need some cheap bodies and could look to their Summer League team for help.


Garrett Stutz, Brooklyn Nets

Same scenario with Stutz. The Nets may need affordable bodies and Stutz is a legitimate seven-footer who can rebound the ball and has a decent offensive package to work with.


Drew Gordon, Dallas Mavericks

The Mavs are another team short on talent right now and while Gordon doesn't have much of a post-game right now, he's an excellent rebounder and has a nice mid-range game.

In addition, he's a fantastic athlete and the Mavs need to get younger and more athletic.


Dee Bost, Portland Trail Blazers

Bost is a very nice guard and while the Blazers already have one of those in Damian Lillard, it can't hurt to have too much good young talent.

Even if he doesn't catch on with the Blazers, Bost has the talent to perhaps open the eyes of another team.