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Vegas Summer League 2012 Stats: Jared Sullinger and the Best Early Storylines

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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistJuly 17, 2012

The Vegas Summer League is a chance for players to grab your attention.

It’s their shot to turn heads and remind scouts and fans that they are worthy of playing significant minutes on an NBA roster.

While we are only a few days into the festivities in Sin City, there have already been multiple standout performances that suggest a strong season ahead.

Here’s a look at four players who are proving to their coaching staff that they deserve serious playing time in the 2012-13 season.


Jared Sullinger: Boston Celtics

Getting red-flagged for issues with his back dropped him out of the lottery, and Sullinger is already playing with a chip on his shoulder.

On Monday he scored 14 points and added seven rebounds in a blowout win over the Atlanta Hawks. This comes after averaging 13.8 points and 8.3 rebounds in four games in Orlando.

His inside-out game has been on full display as he seems more than capable of giving Boston 20 minutes or more right off the bat for the Celtics this November.


Donatas Montiejunas: Houston Rockets

The Lithuanian rookie exploded for 25 points and nine rebounds in his Vegas League debut, only to score a mere one point in his second game.

With the jury still out on Montiejunas, he regained form by scoring 19 points and grabbing six rebounds on Monday in a 113-91 win over the Sacramento Kings.

His combined 18 of 24 shooting stats in two big games suggest he’s going to be a very efficient scorer who’s incredibly versatile.

The recent play of Montiejunas suggests he could be a key cog in a potential Dwight Howard deal.


Dominique Jones: Dallas Mavericks

The second-year pro out of South Florida has been an unstoppable scorer thus far in two games.

He has averaged 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 3.0 assists as arguably the most prolific scorer in the entire Summer League.

Jones was an incredible scorer in college, and that skill seems to be transitioning to the next level now that he has a year of experience under his belt.


Ed Davis: Toronto Raptors

Davis has been quite possibly the most efficient player in the entire Summer League thus far.

The second-year pro is averaging 18.7 points while shooting an eye-popping 60 percent from the floor.

What’s even more encouraging is his performance on the glass. Toronto needs all the help they can get in this department, and Davis is coming through in a big way by averaging 9.0 per game.

If he keeps this up, he’ll be a big part of the Raptors' 2012-13 season. 


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