Hot fun in the summertime

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Posted by Fran Blinebury

It’s the time to get a first look at the biggest, newest headline stars in professional competition and a chance to mine some of still-hidden nuggets from the NBA Draft and beyond.

The Pro Summer League in Orlando begins on Monday and the NBA Las Vegas Summer League starts Friday and the competition east and west continues through July 18.

Last summer’s stint in Florida was a chance for Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook to shine and he used that as a springboard to help the Thunder make their first drive into the playoffs.  Out west in Vegas, it was Blake Griffin, the No. 1 pick in the 2009 draft who gave the Clippers a look at his great potential before a training camp injury sidelined him for the season.

Who steps forward this year?  The Celtics, Bobcats, Pacers, Nets, Thunder, Magic, Sixers and Jazz will play this week in Orlando, showcasing the No. 2 and No. 3 picks – Evan Turner and Derrick Favors – in the draft when Philadelphia and New Jersey lineup for their first game with their new teams on Monday night.

John Wall, the No. 1 pick in the 2010 Draft, will make his debut on Sunday in Las Vegas when the Wizards face Golden State in their Summer League opener with a possible deliciously interesting head-to-head matchup against Stephen Curry, last season’s Rookie of the Year runner-up.

There are always plenty of unexpected tales to come out of the summer leagues.  A year ago Anthony Randolph of Golden State was a sensation for the Warriors and second-round draft pick Chase Budinger gave a hot-shooting, slam-dunking preview of how he was he was going to carve himself out a spot in Houston’s rotation.

The NBA Development League Select Team will give some of the top talent from the D League a chance to show their stuff in Las Vegas, while veteran Darius Miles will continue his comeback bid to the NBA with the Bobcats in Orlando.

26 Comments

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  6. F11 says:

    hopefully gani lawal is going to be a steal for PHX who can take the place of amar’e

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  10. Amused says:

    Blake Griffin? He’ll go the way of Greg Oden: another injury-prone #1 pick who never makes it out of the gates. When they miss the entire first season, they never really get it together.

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  12. DBD30 says:

    i have to agree with ‘jack’ that john wall is very overrated
    come on i mean nolan smith averaged more ppg than him!

  13. MacedonianSpursFan says:

    Let’s hope that James Anderson will be ready for the summer league… Mannnnn I’m excited about this guy :D

  14. JACK says:

    JOHN WALL OVER-RATED plz watz all the hype bout.

  15. harry says:

    evan turner would be ROY if blake griffin wasnt around evan is the most nba ready and has the best numbers

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  17. Very good idea, I wish happiness to all

  18. rienex says:

    nba will be more exciting !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

  19. James (Australia) says:

    As a Pistons fan, looking forward to Monroe vs Cousins

  20. G's Guy says:

    I always looking forward to Summer League and I think this year should be very entertaining to watch. Plenty of young talent from the draft mixed up with sophomores,some veteran who want to get chance at some of the teams and D-League players. Can’t wait!

  21. me says:

    johnn wall is going to beat stephen curry

  22. me says:

    lets go spurs Hope James anderson plays well. cross our fingers

  23. thatguy42 says:

    i dont even think he dunk it but it was still nasty dj Come On Mannn

  24. Jake says:

    Hope Evan Turner plays well, I can’t wait to see him in action for Philly!

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  26. Rob J. says:

    John Wall Vs. Steph Curry. Should be fun..