NBA Summer League Schedule 2012: What to Watch for on Sunday

Luis BatlleContributor IJuly 22, 2012

July 17, 2012; Las Vegas, NV, USA;   Boston Celtics guard Dionte Christmas (50) takes the ball down court during the game against the Chicago Bulls at the Cox Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The final day of the Las Vegas Summer League schedule is upon us and there are several players and storylines fans must pay special attention to.

The Minnesota Timberwolves' Wesley Johnson is one of several players hitting shots consistently from the field. His 22.7 points per game is good for the fourth-best average in Vegas.

With three games set to take place Sunday, Johnson will headline a list of several talents set to shine in the summer league's final day.

What follows are the three things fans need to watch for on Sunday. Also included is a full schedule for the league's final day of action.


Dionte Christmas Proving to Be Unsung Hero for Boston Celtics

Rookie Jared Sullinger and last year's draft selection E'Twaun Moore were expected be the only two stars for the Boston Celtics in Las Vegas.

The play of Dionte Christmas would indicate otherwise.

The former Temple guard is averaging 16.3 points and 4.5 rebounds per game at the Vegas games. He has scored at least 17 points in each of the last three contests and comes off an impressive 17-point, seven-rebound and six-assist performance.

His field-goal, three-point and free-throw percentages are all up from the Orlando games.

Christmas is shooting 50 percent from the floor, 47.1 percent from distance and 72.2 percent from the foul line in Vegas. These are all significantly more efficient than the 45.1 percent shooting, 28.6 percent from long range and 63.6 percent from the line he recorded previously.


Wesley Johnson Continues to Light it Up

The Minnesota Timberwolves are 3-1 in the Vegas games, and it has everything to do with the play of their top-notch stars.

Derrick Williams has had himself an impressive summer, yet it has been the performances of Wesley Johnson that have really propelled the team. Johnson is averaging a team-high 22.7 points per game on 47.9 percent shooting, 46.7 percent from three-point range and an amazing 93.8 percent from the free-throw line.

He is averaging 26 points per game in his last two outings. Most recently, Johnson hit five three-point shots in a 28-point performance that resulted in an 86-78 victory over the D-League Select team.


Will the Bucks Have an Answer for Malcolm Thomas?

Malcolm Thomas has been an outright beast in the paint to say the very least.

Thomas leads all players at the summer games with 14.5 rebounds per contest. The closest player to Thomas is Boston's Jared Sullinger, who sits at 10.5 boards a contest.

Yet the rebounding average is not what separates the San Diego State star from the rest: It is his consistency. He has recorded no fewer than 13 in a game and has posted 16 in each of his last two outings.

The Bulls will undoubtedly take his summer league play into consideration for the upcoming season. There is no question this talent can be a major contributor on the glass.


NBA Summer League Schedule for Sunday, July 22, 2012

Matchup Time (ET) Online Arena
Chicago Bulls vs. Milwaukee Bucks.  4:00 p.m. Summer League Broadband Cox Pavilion
Boston Celtics vs. L.A. Clippers 6:00 p.m. Summer League Broadband Cox Pavilion
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Minnesota Timberwolves 8:00 p.m. Summer League Broadband Cox Pavilion

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