Vegas Summer League 2012: Breaking Down Final Day of NBA Offseason Showcase

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistJuly 22, 2012

July 19, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA;  Cleveland Cavaliers forward D.J. Kennedy (21) guards Minnesota Timberwolves forward Robbie Hummel (6) during the game at Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

With the 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas coming to a close on Sunday, July 22, the last day of action promises to be must-watch TV.

There are three exciting games left on the schedule, and they will feature some of the brightest prospects in the NBA. If you want to see the stars of the 2012 NBA draft, here they are.

All of the following games will make Sunday worth enjoying, but be warned—all this NBA action will leave fans yearning for more!


Chicago vs. Milwaukee — 4 p.m. ET

Bulls players to watch: Marquis Teague, Leon Powe

Bucks players to watch: Tobias Harris, John Henson, Doron Lamb

While the main offseason storyline for the Chicago Bulls is the recovery of star point guard Derrick Rose after knee surgery, the last game of the Summer League will be a great showcase for the player that could hold the fort down—Kentucky PG Marquis Teague.

The Bucks, on the other hand, have a plethora of young stars vying for a chance to play major minutes, but watch out for rookies John Henson and Doron Lamb to highlight this game.

Prediction: Milwaukee 88, Chicago 67


Boston vs. L.A. Clippers — 6 p.m. ET

Celtics players to watch: Jared Sullinger, Fab Melo

Clippers players to watch: Eric Bledsoe, Travis Leslie, Trey Thompkins

The Los Angeles Clippers made a big offseason re-signing with Blake Griffin, and they added Grant Hill and Lamar Odom, so their talent pool in terms of growth has been depleted.

As bad as the Clippers' youth movement is, Boston’s is actually starting to turn into something with the selections of Jared Sullinger and Fab Melo in the 2012 draft. If Sullinger and Melo can develop into NBA-viable players, Boston will be dangerous.

Prediction: Boston 74, Clippers 56


Memphis vs. Minnesota — 8 p.m. ET

Grizzlies players to watch: Josh Selby, Tony Wroten

Timberwolves players to watch: Derrick Williams, Robbie Hummel

While this game is far from the sexiest, there are more storylines in this matchup than any other.

The Memphis Grizzlies and Minnesota Timberwolves have young teams that have been built on the draft and working the undrafted free-agent market. This game is a perfect example of that.

Both squads have the deepest rosters in this year’s Summer League, and fans will have a chance to see next year’s stars early. Enjoy it while you can.


Final Day Schedule

Sunday, July 22COX Pavilion

4 p.m. ET — Chicago vs. Milwaukee

6 p.m. ET — Boston vs. LA Clippers

8 p.m. ET — Memphis vs. Minnesota

*All games on NBATV


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