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NBA Summer League 2012 Stats: Top Players Who Will See Success Next Season

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Terrence Ross (R) of the Washington Huskies walks off stage after he was selected number eight overall by the Toronto Raptors during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 2012 in Newark, New Jersey. 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 Elsa/Getty Images)
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Sam R. QuinnSenior Analyst IIIJuly 15, 2012

The NBA Summer League doesn't have the fiercest competition to offer, but there are a number of quality players who use that time to make a name for themselves.

Stats aren't always the most important thing in Summer League, but they are certainly an indication as to who had a good day and who didn't.

So far, there have been some surprising players, but there have also been top draft picks playing well.

Here are three top performers who will see their success spill into next season.

 

Terrence Ross, Toronto Raptors

The Toronto Raptors made Terrence Ross the No. 8 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, and he is already proving that he was worth the reach.

Ross didn't have his best game on Sunday—nor did the Raptors, as they lost to the Miami Heat 71-59—but he's been impressive in Las Vegas so far.

He scored 21 points against the Houston Rockets on Friday, then scored 14 more on Sunday against Heat. He added six rebounds, but he'll need to decrease his turnovers (five) if he wants to get starters' minutes come November.

 

Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns

Markieff Morris scored 24 points, pulled down nine rebounds and blocked two shots for the Phoenix Suns in their 25-point win over the New York Knicks.

The 6'10" forward had a plus-24 plus/minus and was all over the place on Sunday.

His career averages haven't been that impressive, at just 7.4 points and 4.4 rebounds. He was a rookie last year, and the impact of Steve Nash's departure will be known in time, but Morris is definitely going to be more involved in the offense next season.

He's super athletic and has the body to become a great NBA player. If he keeps up his play into the year, he'll be able to do just that.

 

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

This isn't exactly a bold prediction, but Kawhi Leonard is going to have an increasingly more important role in the future with the Spurs.

Leonard scored 23 points for the Spurs Sunday against the Atlanta Hawks on 8-for-18 shooting. 

Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili are all getting older, thus they are going to rely heavily on Leonard's outside shooting ability. He averaged 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game last year, but expect that number to increase to 12 or 13 next season.

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