Predicting Breakout Stars from 2014 NBA Summer League

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Predicting Breakout Stars from 2014 NBA Summer League
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Jabari Parker and Andrew Wiggins should both hit the ground running at NBA Summer League.

Breakout performances at the NBA Summer League can either be a harbinger of things to come or fool's gold.

Take 2013, for example. Monster showings at the Las Vegas Summer League from two second-year big men, Toronto center Jonas Valanciunas and Milwaukee forward John Henson, seemed to suggest both players were primed to move the needle for their respective franchises. However, neither Valanciunas nor Henson could measure up to their summer league dominance once the regular season began.

Detroit center Andre Drummond, meanwhile, carried over his rebound-swallowing ways from the Orlando Summer League to the Pistons. He went from averaging 15.5 points, 14.8 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game in the summer league to 13.5 points, 13.2 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game in the regular season, looking like the steal of the 2012 draft class the entire way.

It's important to keep the past in mind as this year's summer league commences on Saturday, July 5, in Orlando, before heading to Las Vegas from July 11-21. Because summer league tends to be limited largely to younger players, rookies and undrafted free agents, a stellar showing in Orlando or Las Vegas won't necessarily translate to the regular season.

Then again, as Drummond demonstrated last year, a breakout summer league performance could help further bolster's a player's confidence, leading to similar success in the regular season.

Let's look at 10 players who appear primed for such dominance over the next few weeks in Orlando and/or Las Vegas.

 

Note: Players are sorted alphabetically.

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