Vegas Summer League 2012: Teams That Uncovered Gems

Luis BatlleContributor IJuly 21, 2012

July 17, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA;   Boston Celtics forward Jared Sullinger (7) drives to the basket during the game against the Chicago Bulls at the Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The 2012 NBA summer league games in Las Vegas have helped teams discover exponentially impressive talent to the floor next season.

Whether it's unknown talents making a statement or highly regarded draft picks proving their worth, these games are as telling as any for various teams.

These are the three teams that have found outright tremendous talent in these summer matchups.


Boston Celtics

Danny Ainge and the Boston Celtics organization have to be ecstatic with the way the talents have performed this summer.

Both E'Twaun Moore and Jared Sullinger have proven their worth to say the least.

Moore is shooting the ball with confidence and has to be giving Ainge reason to believe he belongs in the rotation. He is averaging 17 points per game at Vegas and most recently posted a 25-point performance against the Bulls. The mark came on a 10-for-19 shooting effort.

While Moore has been contributing tremendous offensive firepower, it is the play of Jared Sullinger that has been the most integral to the future of this team. He is posting nine points and 10.3 rebounds per contest at Vegas.

The Celtics struggled mightily on the glass last season and will need Sullinger's contributions from the get-go. Boston was ranked last in the league last season in rebounds per game.


Chicago Bulls

Both Jimmy Butler and Malcom Thomas have put on a clinic at the Vegas games.

There is no question the Bulls have to be pleased with the production these two have shown.

Butler has been the only consistent scoring threat for Chicago this summer, as he is posting a whopping 20 points per contest. The most eye-opening mark has been his three-point percentage. Butler is shooting the ball from distance at 42.9 percent.

Thomas has easily been the biggest shocker of all the summer league talents. His 14 rebounds per game lead the pack by a long haul, with Boston Celtics star Jared Sullinger trailing at 10.3 boards per contest.

The two have proven they can be lethal for the Bulls next season. Considering the team's scoring and rebounding woes without Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah in the lineup at times last season, there is no question both Butler and Thomas could be top-notch impact players.


Houston Rockets

Two studs from the 2012 draft and a 2011 selection will have Houston on the map next season.

Jeremy Lamb, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas have all been producing top-notch numbers on both ends of the floor since the Vegas games began. 

Offensively, Lamb leads the charge at 20 points per game and is shooting an impressive 46.7 percent from the field and 91.7 percent from the free-throw line. He has shown he is unafraid to put the team on his back offensively and is shooting the ball with confidence.

Meanwhile, Jones is posting 18.2 points per contest and hitting 50 percent of his shots. The No. 18 pick in the 2012 draft has been a force for Houston throughout the Vegas games and is showing he could become a starter in the league sooner than later.

Motiejunas has arguably been the biggest surprise for the team this summer. Last year's draft acquisition is posting 16.3 points per game on 62.2 percent shooting.

Add in the fact that these three are incredibly aggressive defensively, and they are sure to give the Rockets a dramatic boost next season. The three are posting a combined 21 rebounds per game during the games. Jones leads the charge at 8.6 boards per contest.