Vegas Summer League 2012: Guards to Watch That Will Light Up the Scoreboard

Rob GoldbergFeatured ColumnistJuly 10, 2012

OMAHA, NE - MARCH 18:  Bradley Beal #23 of the Florida Gators attempts a shot in the second half against the Norfolk State Spartans during the third round of the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at CenturyLink Center on March 18, 2012 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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The NBA Las Vegas Summer League provides rookies and other young players a chance to show coaches what they can do in an informal environment. 

Without extensive coaching or practices, it is impossible to scout the defense performed at these games. However, this helps the true offensive stars shine even brighter.

A few rookie players will get a chance to impress by showing their ability to take over games and put up big scoring numbers.

These players will certainly be among those with great stats at the end of the short season.


Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Beal was selected as the No. 3 pick of the draft, and he will show the team why right away. 

Between his shooting ability and elite athleticism, Beal will be able to dominate these early games and get himself ready for the NBA.

With no one talented enough to guard him, it should be fun to watch.


J'Covan Brown, Miami Heat

Weight and attitude problems prevented Brown from being selected after he decided to skip his senior year to enter the draft. 

However, the summer league will give the Texas guard a chance to prove he belongs.

Brown averaged over 20 points per game last season and was able to get his points in a number of ways. Whether or not he sticks in the league will be a question, but the summer league atmosphere will be exactly what he needs.


Kim English, Detroit Pistons

English was one of several seniors on an experienced Missouri team that surprised many by becoming the No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament.

He was drafted in the second round and will most likely make the roster due to his ability to shoot the ball from deep. Outside of John Jenkins at Vanderbilt, he might be the best pure shooter in the class.

Last year, he made over 45 percent of his shots from deep, and that should translate well to the next level.