NBA Summer League 2012 Rosters: Top Rookies and Players for All 24 Teams

Alex KayCorrespondent IJune 29, 2012

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The 2012 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas is going to be nothing short of epic. There are a record 24 teams competing in the tournament, and 60 games are on the slate. Even more astonishing is that they all will be taking place over a nine-day stretch in Sin City.

There's going to be a ton of talented young players making the trip to Nevada, and many of them will be gearing up for their first real taste of NBA action since being selected in the 2012 draft.

Let’s take a look at all 24 teams and the player to watch on each roster. If you are looking for a television schedule, live stream website or anything else relating to the 2012 Las Vegas Summer League, click here for Bleacher Report’s complete guide.

*Rosters not official yet. Based on speculated participation and will be updated when more information is available.

Atlanta Hawks: John Jenkins

Jenkins has one of the sweetest strokes in the 2012 class. He will be looking to prove he can immediately contribute on the Hawks' opening day roster as a spot-up shooter. He’s got the experience and leadership skills to take Vegas by storm.

Boston Celtics:
Jared Sullinger

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 22:  Jared Sullinger #0 and Shannon Scott #3 of the Ohio State Buckeyes reacts after a play against the Cincinnati Bearcats during their 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball East Regional Semifinal game at TD Garden on March 22, 2012 in Boston, M
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All eyes will be on Sully’s back when he is playing this summer. He fell to No. 21 from a possible lottery pick due to a medical red flag, and the Ohio State product will be looking to prove his doubters wrong.

Charlotte Bobcats: Michael Kidd-Gilchrist

MKG was a great No. 2 pick for the Bobcats. He truly has a chance to be the second-best player in the class. He’ll soon get a chance to show off his highly-touted motor and defensive skills against some solid competition.

Chicago Bulls: Marquis Teague

With Derrick Rose out for most of the upcoming season, Teague could earn minutes and potentially a starting job with a good performance in Las Vegas. He ran a great offense at Kentucky and will try to prove his game can translate to the next level.

Cleveland Cavaliers: Dion Waiters

The Cavaliers reached for Waiters at No. 4, and he will need to prove to his new franchise that he is worthy of that lofty selection. If the Orangeman ends up struggling and some of the other prospects that were selected after do well, there will be some angry Cavs fans.

Dallas Mavericks: Jared Cunningham

Cunningham could be the PG of the future in Dallas. He’s got immense size and slashing ability, but he has to prove his court vision and passing skills are NBA-capable, as his jump shot leaves a lot to be desired.

Denver Nuggets: Quincy Miller

Miller could be the steal of the draft after he slid into the second-round. He’s got prototypical swingman skills and raw talent, but a major red flag due to a high school ACL injury that is still impacting his play on the court.

D-League Select: TBA

The D-League will put together a group of promising players to compete in Vegas, but they have yet to announce a roster.

Golden State Warriors: Harrison Barnes

The W’s landed a great prospect at No. 7 in Barnes. He could end up being one of the best scorers in the class and will look to show enough polish on his game to get involved in the rotation when the regular season tips off.

Houston Rockets: Royce White

The Iowa State product could have gone in the top five, but character concerns, a fear of flying and an anxiety disorder dropped his stock. White is a dark-horse candidate to be the summer league MVP due to his unique set of skills and huge body.

L.A. Clippers: Trey Thompkins

The Clippers did not pick up any rookies this year and will likely send last year’s second-round pick, Trey Thompkins, out to LV to gain more experience. He barely played in 2011-12 and needs to continue working on his game.

L.A. Lakers: Darius Johnson-Odom

The Lakers were not able to swing a draft-day deal to land a first-rounder, but they received a nice consolation prize in Johnson-Odom. He’s a tenacious defender who will make an impact without needing the ball much aside from open look jumpers.

Memphis Grizzlies: Tony Wroten Jr.

Wroten seems like he has the most upside of any PG in the 2012 class. He’s arguably the best passer and has incredible court vision, but those positives may be outweighed by his poor leadership skills and disgusting shot mechanics.

Miami Heat: Justin Hamilton

Hamilton may be sent to Europe instead of playing in the Summer League, but he’s got some decent upside for a team that seriously lacks a good center. They could have done much worse with the No. 45 pick.

Milwaukee Bucks: John Henson

Milwaukee’s roster had a severe lack of size after the Andrew Bogut for Monta Ellis swap. But they addressed that with the Henson selection. He’s an extremely long and athletic 4 who will fit perfect in a small-ball lineup.

Minnesota Timberwolves: Robbie Hummel

Hummel isn’t going to make an All-Star team, but he knows how to stroke a three-pointer and make smart plays when he is on the court. He’s a nice depth option for a team that did not have a first-round pick.

NEWARK, NJ - JUNE 28:  Anthony Davis (R) of the Kentucky Wildcats greets NBA Commissioner David Stern (L) after he was selected number one overall by the New Orleans Hornets during the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft at Prudential Center on June 28, 201
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New Orleans Hornets: Anthony Davis

Everyone is anticipating Davis’ debut with the Hornets. He’s got a chance to become one of the best defensive big men of all-time and could develop into a force offensively as well. All eyes will be on the former Wildcat when he steps on the court in Vegas.

New York Knicks: Josh Harrellson

The Knicks selected Kostas Papanikolaou in the second round, but he’s not going to be coming stateside for quite some time. Blue collar forward Harrellson will be the player to watch on this roster.

Phoenix Suns: Kendall Marshall

With Steve Nash’s status uncertain in PHX, Marshall will get a shot to prove he can take over the offense if the Hall of Famer departs. He’s got incredible size, great passing ability and knows how to run a team. He’ll get a chance to show the world over the summer.

Portland Trail Blazers: Damian Lillard

Is Lillard a point guard or an undersized 2? That is the question on the mind of every Blazers fan right now, and he will have to answer that this July. If he struggles to run the offense, Portland may have to slide him over to the 2 or use him in more specific situations

Sacramento Kings: Thomas Robinson

Robinson was one of the big draft-day steals when he slid to No. 5. He’ll likely get his first chance to play next to DeMarcus Cousins in the summer league. The frontcourt of the future in Sacramento should be quite formidable.

San Antonio Spurs: Marcus Denmon

Denmon’s hoping he can carve out a position for himself on this roster and find a role to play with the Spurs during the regular season. The No. 59 pick knows how to knock down jumpers and plays with his head when he’s out on the floor.

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Toronto Raptors: Terrence Ross

The Huskies product went a little earlier than some expected, but the Raptors direly needed an athletic 2 who can stroke it and fits with the culture up in Canada. Ross has great size and a lot of upside that the fans can’t wait for him to showcase.

Washington Wizards: Bradley Beal

Beal might be the best pure scorer in the 2012 draft class, and he’ll get a chance to build chemistry with John Wall out in Vegas. They make up the most promising young backcourt in basketball right now, and it will be incredible to watch them play together. 


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