NBA Summer League 2012 Stats: Rookies Who Are Proving Themselves in Las Vegas

Mike Moraitis@@michaelmoraitisAnalyst IJuly 22, 2012

June 28, 2012; Newark, NJ, USA; John Henson (North Carolina) puts on a cap after being introduced as the number fourteen overall pick to the Milwaukee Bucks during the 2012 NBA Draft at the Prudential Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-US PRESSWIRE

The NBA Summer League is a great place for young players to prove themselves before the start of the season in order to make their respective teams and have an immediate impact.

This year's competition is proving to be stellar, and there are some great young players who are quickly making a statement.

Here are some of the top rookies from Saturday's slate of games. The full results of all the summer league games can be found on


Will Barton, Guard, Portland Trail Blazers: 27 points, two assists

Barton fell to the No. 40 pick in the NBA draft and right into the hands of the rebuilding Trail Blazers.

The rookie guard scored 27 points and dished out two assists against the Miami Heat. He was 10-of-17 from the floor and shot 50 percent from beyond the arc. It was his third solid game in a row for Portland.

In his previous game against the Denver Nuggets, Barton was even more impressive all around, scoring 21 points to go along with nine rebounds and two assists. In the game before that versus the Atlanta Hawks, Barton scored 14 points and pulled down five boards as well.

Look for Barton moving forward, as this kid not only drives to the hoop with conviction, but he can also shoot the ball from anywhere on the floor.


Jae Crowder, Forward, Dallas Mavericks: 21 points, six rebounds

The Dallas Mavericks could sure use an infusion of youth on their roster, and Crowder might be just the baller to help that cause.

Crowder scored 21 points and grabbed six boards in the Mavericks win over the San Antonio Spurs. Crowder even showed some range, shooting 3-of-4 from beyond the arc despite his overall field-goal numbers not looking so hot.

This was just the latest solid performance by Crowder, who is building quite an impressive resume in the NBA Summer League. The former Marquette Golden Eagle was averaging 15.5 points and 5.3 rebounds per game in Las Vegas coming into Saturday's contest.

Dallas is piecing their roster together for this season, and Crowder's play is certainly earning him a spot and a chance to contribute right away.


John Henson, Forward, Milwaukee Bucks: 22 points, nine rebounds and four assists

Henson has more than proven he can get it done in multiple ways on a basketball court. Coming into Saturday's game, Henson was averaging 17.5 points and 8.5 rebounds per game.

To add to that, Henson dropped 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Bucks in their win over the Boston Celtics. Don't doubt his passing skills either. Henson dished out four assists to go along with his already impressive numbers.

From the field, Henson was 6-of-14. While you'd like a big man to shoot for a higher percentage close to the hoop, that's surely to come in due time for the former North Carolina Tar Heel.

Henson's size alone will make him an instant asset for his team this season.