Archive - 2013 - Article
Summer league isn’t just an opportunity for rookies to get their first taste of professional competition. It’s also a chance for young, up-and-coming stars to hone their skills and for journeyman veterans to possibly open some eyes and land an NBA or Euroleague contract. These 10 players truly took advantage of their Las Vegas Summer League experiences.
1) Jonas Valanciunas – 18.8 PPG, 10 RPG, 1.8 APG, 56% FG, 88% FT, 29 MPG
Semaj Christon 6-3, 185 lbs., 6-6 wingspan, PG, Xavier, So.
Christon has the attributes to be an NBA All-Star someday, but at this point, he's unrefined. His length, quickness and athleticism put him in elite company as a point guard prospect. His biggest weakness right now is the lack of a jumpshot. He will need to correct his shooting mechanics or it's unlikely he will ever be much of a threat from the perimeter.
1) Cody Zeller – 16.3 PPG, 9.3 RPG, 1.5 APG, 0.8 BPG, 52% FG, 72% FT, 32 MPG
Zeller got off to a slow start in his first game, putting up just eight points and five rebounds in 29 minutes. He was lethargic and quick to fatigue, but he looked like a different player after forgettable first outing, recording back-to-back double doubles.
Team USA won the 2013 U19 World Championships held in Prague on July 7. The Americans -- clearly the most physically talented squad in the tournament -- held off a tough Serbian team in the title contest. The bronze-medal game matched up Lithuania and Australia, with the Lithuanians (the 2011 champs) clinching the third spot on the podium.