Vegas Summer League 2012: Players to Keep on Your Radar

Justin WeltonAnalyst IIJuly 15, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - MARCH 11:  Harrison Barnes #40 of the North Carolina Tar Heels walks off of the court after they lost 85-82 against the Florida State Seminoles during the Final Game of the 2012 ACC Men's Basketball Conference Tournament at Philips Arena on March 11, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The future is now.

With the Vegas Summer League underway, many franchises' future stars are on display. Some will live up to expectations and others will flop.

Here are three players to keep on your radar this summer.


Harrison Barnes

North Carolina's Harrison Barnes didn't get the love I thought he deserved during draft night. Golden State jumped on the opportunity to snag him with its first pick.

Great move.

Barnes has All-Star quality written all over him. When he entered North Carolina as a freshman, the hype surrounding him was unfair and, quite frankly, overwhelming.

With those expectations came a mold that was impossible to live up to. So maybe he wasn't Michael Jordan-esque, but he did well living up to the hype of being an underclassmen at one of the most prestigious schools in America.

He averaged 15.7 and 17.4 points per game in his first two seasons. He also grabbed five rebounds per game.

With his ability in the mid range—one of the best in the nation—Barnes will find great success in the NBA. Fans will begin to notice in the Vegas Summer League. 


Austin Rivers

Clutch, dynamic, quick, speed and a kid who wants to get better are the things I think about when someone mentions Austin Rivers.

A kid who chose Duke to hone his skills so he could be better prepared in the NBA. That decision not only made me respect him as a basketball player more, but it proved that he isn't just about the name on the back of his jersey.

New Orleans is going to be a great team in the future, but while Anthony Davis is on the Olympic team, Rivers will be holding up his end of the bargain in the Vegas Summer League.

Rivers will be one of the better players this summer. We'll get a glimpse into what type of a career he is capable of having.  


Bradley Beal

I didn't rank Bradley Beal as high as others did, but there is no denying his talents.

Regardless of where he landed in the draft, his status as one of the best in the class is apparent. 

Beal can knock down the outside shot, drive to the rim, play good defense and his basketball IQ is through the roof. 

We are talking about a potential All-Star candidate for years to come. You might as well put him on your radar now.