NBA Summer League 2012: Highlighting Rookies Impressing Early
With the NBA Summer League underway in Las Vegas, incoming rookies have stolen the show in Sin City.
Highlighted by lottery picks, these rookies are proving that they can be capable contributors at the next level.
Beal poured in a game-high 22 points for the Wiz and drained nine of his 10 free throws.
Although a 43 percent shooting clip is underwhelming for the sharp shooter, Beal contributed on defense as well, adding a steal and two blocked shots.
The Gator has all the talent to be a force in the league. With a game similar to that of Eric Gordon, Beal possesses the stroke and the drive to pour in points against opposing defenses.
His debut for the Wizards was encouraging, displaying the talents that he will take to D.C. in the fall.
All Over the Court
In the Cats first win since March 17, Kidd-Gilchrist was integral to Charlotte's success.
The Kentucky product stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, eight rebounds and five assists. On the other side of the ball, MKG brought the intensity, locking up No. 5 overall pick Thomas Robinson.
While the defense is nothing like that of the regular season, Summer League still has some serious competition with so many guys fighting for roster spots.
Kidd-Gilchrist was relentless against Robinson, holding the Kansas phenom to a 5/11 shooting night and forcing the Jayhawk into eight turnovers.
In doing so, MKG brought some much-needed intensity to an otherwise quiet game.
His game was infectious as well, as Charlotte shared the ball nicely on its way to 22 assists, 14 more than its Sacramento opponent.
If Kidd-Gilchrist can bring it every night, then the Bobcats might surprise the NBA as one of the grittiest squads in the league.
Charlotte fans are hoping Friday’s performance is an indication of what’s to come.
Who has been the most impressive rookie in Summer League action?
Stacked Summer Squad
Lamb, the No. 12 pick, dropped a game-high 26 points for the Rockets, while Jones finished second with 16 in a 70-76 loss to the Wizards.
Both used their height to bother the Wizards, most notably Beal, who finished with just 14 points on 40 percent shooting.
No. 16 overall pick Royce White struggled for the Rockets, putting up a measly four points and one rebound in 22 minutes of action for Houston.
Keeping these guys might be the best decision for the franchise. With Jones and Lamb leading the way, the future looks awfully bright in Houston.
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