Vegas Summer League 2013: Players Making Biggest Splash in Sin City

Brian MaziqueCorrespondent IIIJuly 20, 2013

Jul 14, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Portland Trailblazers guard CJ McCollum takes a three point shot over the defending Los Angeles Laker forward Elias Harris during an NBA Summer League game at the Thomas and Mack Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

The Las Vegas Summer League has featured its share of standout performers. The rookies in action in Sin City have been more impressive than the ones we saw in Orlando, save for the Orlando Magic's Victor Oladipo.

While many of the first-year players in Orlando struggled, the rookies in Vegas have seized the opportunity to assure their teams and fans that the best is yet to come. Other young pros have also shined in their latest opportunity to shine in front of NBA decision-makers.

Here's a look at the players who have made the biggest splash in Vegas.


C.J. McCollum, Portland Trail Blazers

Some fans may be wondering just what the Blazers are going to do with two scoring point guards, but with the way McCollum has proven himself to be a legit scorer, it'll be exciting to see how the team's backcourt pans out.

The rookie from Lehigh leads all players in Vegas, averaging 21.3 points per game. At 6'3", he is a little smallish for the 2-guard spot. But with he and Damian Lillard—the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year—the Blazers are going to have two explosive guards at their disposal.

The two may be interchangeable in regard to offensive roles as starters—depending on the matchup—or McCollum could be a dangerous scoring weapon off the bench.

Stay tuned.


Jonas Valanciunas, Toronto Raptors

As a second-year player playing in the NBA's summer league, Valanciunas played the way the Raptors hoped he would. In four games, Valanciunas has averaged a dominating 18.8 points and 10 rebounds per game.

The 21-year-old Lithuanian looks primed to take the next step in his career.

Most impressive about his stat line in Vegas is the fact that he's accomplished it in just 29.3 minutes per game. If his performance in the summer league is any indication, Valanciunas should see his numbers climb significantly from his rookie season.


Dwight Buycks, Toronto Raptors

The Raptors stand to gain quite a bit from summer league action. Buycks' play during the Orlando Summer League got him signed by the Raptors as the team's backup point guard to Kyle Lowry.

In just one game in Vegas, Buycks had 18 points and 10 assists to further validate the Raptors' interest in him.

No player has gained as much as Buycks thus far from summer league play.


John Henson, Milwaukee Bucks

Henson looks ready for extended minutes in Milwaukee this season. Through three summer league games, he's averaged 14.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and blocked three shots per game.

He has turned the ball over too much, but sloppy play is part of summer league action.

With the Bucks likely sporting a completely new look this season, expect to see Henson play a valuable role in what the team does. He can instantly be a presence on the boards and as a shot-blocker.


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