NBA Summer League 2012 Stats: Most Impressive Outings from Thursday's Action

Tim KeeneyContributor IJuly 19, 2012

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Damian Lillard (R) of Weber State greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number six overall by the Portland Trail Blazers 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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It may only be summer, but some youngsters look to be in midseason form already. 

Sure, a reason for that may be that these young studs are mostly playing against guys who are auditioning for the NBA D-league, but some of the performances have been downright impressive nonetheless. 

Let's take a look at some of the best individual showings from Thursday. 

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Damian Lillard, PG, Portland Trail Blazers

Starting this list with anyone else would be blasphemy. 

Lillard started off his NBA career with two ridiculous performances, as he dropped 25 on New Orleans and then 27 on Houston. 

But he just continues to get better. 

In just his third summer league game, the dynamic rookie point guard proved to be the best player on the court by far on Thursday, pouring in 31 points on 11-of-22 shooting to go with a game-high seven assists. 

Not only is Lillard showing that his sweet jump shot from Weber State will translate to the NBA, he is scoring from everywhere on the court, he is distributing and he is getting better with every game. Oh, and he is putting up dunks like this:

This kid looks like he is going to be scary good. 


Thomas Robinson, PF, Sacramento Kings

It's about time, Thomas Robinson. 

After averaging 12.5 points on 32 percent shooting over his four summer league games, Robinson finally put together a commendable performance. 

The shooting (6-of-14 from the field, 3-of-6 from the line) and turnovers (five) were still subpar for the former Kansas star, but 15 points and 16 rebounds is a stat line you will take every night of the week, no matter how it comes about. 

Robinson looks like it might take him a year or two to become the efficient scorer he needs to be, but this performance made it very clear he is going to be a monster on the glass from day one, especially next to DeMarcus Cousins. 


Adam Morrison, SG/SF, Los Angeles Clippers

The Morrison jokes will still be going on 100 years from now, but let's get this straight: this guy can still ball. 

The defense is more than suspect, but I don't see why Ammo can't fill a role off the bench as an instant-offense type of player. If he was given 15 minutes, I'm confident he could put up eight to 10 points per game.

I know he has deficiencies—and he'll never live up to his draft status—but you can't tell me teams wouldn't take that kind of role player. And, he's still only 28 years old (in fact, he turned 28 tonight. Happy birthday, you ugly man, you).

Morrison continued to back up these claims on Thursday against the Lakers, dropping 22 points on an efficient 8-of-13 shooting. He also knocked down three treys on four attempts. 

Ammo is now averaging just under 19 points per game on 56 percent shooting, and 60 percent shooting from three-point range in Vegas. Not many rookies are going to provide that type of production. 

Without a doubt, he deserves a roster spot in the NBA.