Archive - Jul 2012 - Article
Rise and Shine: Future Stars Come Out in the Orlando Summer League
While the Dwight Howard saga continues to hold the Orlando Magic hostage, the city, and the rest of the NBA, were able to take a well-deserved break when the teams that made up this year’s Orlando Summer League made their way to town. Eight teams took part in this year’s weeklong tryout in an effort to decide what players should earn spots on next year’s roster.
New York 77 (0-1) Memphis 93 (1-0)
Day 2 tipped off with the Memphis Grizzlies making a strong start to 2012 Summer League with a 93-77 win over the New York Knicks. Memphis was led by 2nd year player Josh Selby who shot the ball well from long range, finishing with 20 Points (5/7 3fg). He was well supported by 25th Pick Tony Wroten who was impressive in his pro debut.
Washington 82 Atlanta 102
After a year off, the NBA Summer League returned to Las Vegas with Atlanta and Washington kicking off this year’s schedule. Even though Kobe, Lebron & Durant had skipped town after pumping the Dominican Republic less than 24 hours ago, a strong crowd was on hand at Cox Pavilion to see the Hawks beat the Wizards 102-82.
Here is a look at the 24 college "counselors" that competed between July 6-8 at the LeBron James Skills Academy. The college prospects went through stations and played in scrimmages that were on courts adjacent to one another so it was difficult to see everyone at all times, but here are some notes and impressions from the event after watching and speaking with NBA scouts during and after the event. Check back for our high school recap.
Top 5 Prospects
In the world of the NBA, things can certainly change quickly. Within a matter of days, the futures of multiple NBA franchises have been altered for better or for worse. Some trades came as no surprise, simply confirming rumours that had been swirling around for weeks. But the fun trades are always the ones that nobody saw coming- the ones that cause NBA fans around the world to do a double take when seeing a headline that comes as a genuine shock. As with every trade period, there will be winners and losers.
Check back for daily coverage of the NBA summer league from Las Vegas, Nevada from July 13th-21st. Sixty Games in 10 Days Featuring Teams with 13 of the Top 14 Draft Picks. 24 NBA teams. NBATV will broadcast all 60 games.
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