Biggest Surprises from the First Week of Las Vegas NBA Summer League

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Biggest Surprises from the First Week of Las Vegas NBA Summer League
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The 22-team field at the Las Vegas Summer League will be whittled to just eight by Friday night's end. Come Monday, only two teams will be left to battle it out for the right to be crowned kings of Sin City.

It feels like the hoops world has barely had a glimpse of the 2013 talent influx and the hordes of roster hopefuls who make up these rosters. Yet the NBA's (diminishing) hibernation period is just around the corner.

It's tough to attach any true meaning to these stat sheets, and harder to still to accurately predict how they'll translate to the big stage with such a small sample size.

But this whirlwind tournament has already spun a number of yarns for basketball junkies to digest.

A lot of these outcomes were predictable.

Dion Waiters, Jonas Valanciunas and John Henson each had productive rookie seasons, so it's no surprise that they don't look like they belong in these games. Malcolm Thomas performed like an NBA player last summer, so it's no wonder that he appears deserving of a roster spot once again. And with C.J. McCollum being tabbed as the Damian Lillard of this round of rookies, who's shocked to see him pacing all of Sin City's scorers?

Not all of what we've witnessed was foreshadowed, though. Not without the aid of a magnifying glass, at least.

Read on to find out all of the biggest surprises from the first week of Las Vegas Summer League action.




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