Bazemore, former DMV stars shine in Vegas

Bazemore, former DMV stars shine in Vegas
July 21, 2013, 8:30 pm
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One day remains in the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League, which will conclude with Monday's championship game. While Otto Porter's run was short-lived thanks to the Wizards' cautious and wise approach regarding the former Georgetown star's hamstring tightness, others with DMV college basketball ties showed off their skills.

Kent Bazemore (Old Dominion/Golden State):  Whether he's named the summer league MVP or not, the 6-foot-5 swingman put himself into that award-winning mix with stellar work on both ends of the court and by leading the Warriors into Sunday night's semifinal against Charlotte. Even though he only averaged 4.4 minutes in 61 games as a rookie for the Warriors, Bazemore is a defensive fiend and throughout the summer event, he stifled the likes of Porter and Ben McLemore. However, his offensive production has been noteworthy with the former Monarch scoring at least 21 points in three games including 26 versus the Lakers and 21 against Washington. While Bazemore stepped up his perimeter shooting, some of those points have come via highlight dunks. It's all enough to imagine him becoming a larger piece of the Warriors rotation next season.

Hollis Thompson (Georgetown/San Antonio): Despite finishing his college career as the Hoyas all-time leading 3-point shooter, Thompson went undrafted in 2012 after leaving school as a junior. Perhaps the 6-foot-8 swingman's summer play will warrant attention as he averaged 10.2 points and 5.4 rebounds while shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the 3-point arc for the Spurs. In San Antonio's final game, Thompson scored 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting with two 3-pointers in a performance the SBNation blog Pounding the Rock described as "amazing." Last season Thompson was with Oklahoma City's D-league team. Now it seems possible, if not likely, that a training camp invitation from some NBA team could be coming his way.

Erick Green (Virginia Tech/Denver): The top scorer in Division I Iast season, Green averaged 9.3 points and 1.8 assists over six games. Drafted in the second round of the 2013 draft came, the 6-foot-3 guard scored 14 points in Denver's SL tournament opening win over New Orleans. There might not be tons of minutes available at point guard with the real Nuggets, but Green can also play off the ball and that positional situation is unsettled in Denver.

Tony Taylor (George Washington/Miami): After a successful title-winning stint for Oklahoma City in the Orlando Summer League, the point guard displayed his court vision in Las Vegas, directing the Heat into Sunday's semifinal round. While Miami's run ended with a 91-89 loss to Phoenix, Taylor received praise for his role in the Heat's 47-point victory earlier in the tournament. This all follows a rather positive campaign last season in the D-League, as Taylor averaged 11.2 points and 5.4 assists in the playoffs.