NBA Summer League 2013: Unheralded Prospects Who Continue to Shine

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NBA Summer League 2013: Unheralded Prospects Who Continue to Shine
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The 2013 NBA Summer League has provided a platform for countless players to step up and shine. While there may be an expectation for the top prospects in the NBA to take control, certain players have come from under the radar to dominate the games in Las Vegas.

The question is, which low-profile prospects have maintained their production and continue to shine?

All eyes are locked on this year's first-round draft choices, but there are players who have defied the odds and become the stars of the summer league. Much like Josh Selby was able to do in 2012, the following players are making their case for the Las Vegas MVP.

And they have a legitimate chance at achieving that feat.

 

Andrew Goudelock, Chicago Bulls

Position: Guard

Age: 24

Experience: 2 Seasons

Summer League Averages: 30.3 MPG, 22.7 PPG, 3.7 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.3 SPG, 56.1% FG, 60.0% 3PT

 

At this point, the MVP of the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League has been Chicago Bulls guard Andrew Goudelock. He's scoring at virtual will, hitting clutch shots and has led the Bulls to three consecutive victories.

We truly shouldn't be surprised.

During the 2012-13 season, Goudelock was the NBA D-League MVP. He averaged 21.1 points and 5.2 assists per game, shooting 47.5 percent from the field. After playing in just one NBA regular-season game, Goudelock was thrown into the fire during the playoffs with the Los Angeles Lakers.

His response was stepping up and averaging 12.0 points and 1.7 steals in 26.7 minutes of action.

At this rate, Goudelock will be able to carve out a role on an NBA team. The 24-year-old can flat out score, and after playing well in the 2013 NBA playoffs, he's continuing the process of catching the eye of general managers across the league.

There may be more high-profile names, but Goudelock has been the Las Vegas Summer League's best player.

 

Mike Scott, Atlanta Hawks

Position: Power Forward

Age: 25

Experience: 1 Season

Summer League Averages: 25.3 MPG, 17.0 PPG, 5.3 RPG, 48.0% FG

 

Mike Scott received just 12 minutes during his opening game of Las Vegas Summer League play, scoring nine points on a perfect 4-of-4 shooting. During his second game, Scott scored 13 points in 23 minutes of action.

In his past two games, Scott has taken it to another level.

During the Atlanta Hawks' 96-87 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Scott picked up 27 points and seven rebounds in 32 minutes. Two days later, Scott went off for 19 points and nine rebounds, thus proving that this was no fluke.

For a Hawks team with a strong front line of Al Horford and Paul Millsap, but an absence of NBA-ready depth, Scott could carve out a role in Atlanta.

Scott is built in the same mold as Horford and Millsap, thriving as a jump-shooter and crashing the boards hard. With a powerful frame and the semblance of game behind the three-point line, there is reason to believe that his recent string of success could have an impact on his usage in 2013-14.

If nothing else, he'll go down as one of the best players of the summer.

 

Jeffery Taylor, Charlotte Bobcats

Position: Guard/Forward

Age: 24

Experience: 1 Season

Summer League Averages: 31.0 MPG, 21.0 PPG, 2.7 RPG, 1.7 SPG, 38.5% 3PT

 

During the 2012 NBA draft, the Charlotte Bobcats selected Vanderbilt swingman Jeffery Taylor with the No. 31 overall draft choice. Working under the belief that he could either back Michael Kidd-Gilchrist up at the 3 or step in at shooting guard, Taylor was skilled enough to serve as a three-and-D specialist.

During the 2013 Summer League, he's displaying flashes of legitimate NBA potential.

Taylor is currently averaging 21.0 points and 1.7 steals on 38.5 percent shooting from three-point range. As the numbers display, Taylor seems to have found a way to complement his elite athleticism with timely contributions.

While that was to be expected, few labeled Taylor as a player who would dominate the Las Vegas Summer League.

Taylor is a player who has shown significant levels of progression in each season he's played basketball. The hope in Charlotte is that he can continue that progression, as Gerald Henderson remains a free agent.

If we've learned anything from the summer league, Taylor certainly has the talent.

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