Top 10 From Thursday’s USA Basketball

For die hard NBA fans a game in the middle of the summer is just what the doctor ordered.  And it wasn’t just any game either… it was the best young players in the game trying to showcase themselves.  Out of the 28 players that were invited to the camp, 24 suited up which turned out to be a really fun game to watch.

It’s amazing to see the shape that some of these guys were in just a month or two out of the season.  Players looked noticeably bigger and more cut.  The feel was a little like an all-star game but a lot of players were giving it a 100% on both ends which definitely doesn’t happen in February.

The top 10 players from the game were:

10. Kenneth Faried- 11 points (5-10), 7 rebounds, 1 block

100% non-stop hustle!  What a great guy to have on your team as he runs the floor and makes plays happen.  Very athletic helps his cause out as well.

9. Gordon Hayward- 7 points (2-5), 3 assists, 3 steals, 1 rebound

He was open all night but Dion Waiters and Damian Lillard thought they were the better than they are and threw up bricks all night going 6-24.  Hayward is on this list because of his defense on Paul George forcing him to shoot 1-8 when Hayward was on him.  Also that one bucket that George scored?…  A 3-1 fast break dunk where Hayward was the only one back for the Blue.

8. Andre Drummond – 11 points (5-8), 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block

7. Greg Monroe- 10 points (4-7), 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block

These 2 Pistons were on opposite teams but showed why Detroit has a bright future with their solid play from 2 of their young big guys.  Add in Josh Smith for next year and they arguably have the best frontcourt of any team.

6. Ty Lawson- 7 points (3-5), 9 assists, 1 steal

Exactly how a point guard should be: efficient.  He is quick and absolutely destroyed the Blue team when he was in the game by pushing the ball and getting fast break after fast break.  Denver will almost certainly take a fall this next year but with Lawson running the show it shouldn’t be too far of a fall.

5. DeAndre Jordan- 10 points (3-7), 9 rebounds, 2 blocks

Rebounds and blocks and put back dunks.. that for sure sums up Jordan’s game but he did it efficiently.

4. Harrison Barnes – 18 points (6-11), 3 rebounds, 3steals, 1 block

What a smart player and will definitely be a key player if the Warriors want to advance farther this next year then last years loss to the Spurs in the Western Semis.

3. Jrue Holliday- 12 points (6-13), 7 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal

Solid performance by the new Pelican.  New Orleans definitely are making their case as this next years biggest jump up the standings.

2. Anthony Davis – 22 points (10-13), 7 rebounds

Again the Pelicans are going to be a very legitimate player this year.  Guard skills in a centers body Davis is definitely living up to the number one pick.

1. Kyrie Irving- 23 points (6-8), 7 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal

Closing the gap between him and Chris Paul is obvious.  What a fantastic player and he is a good guy which is good to see since the NBA went through a thug period not too long ago.

Here are the Top 5 plays courtesy of NBA.com:

Topics: Andre Drummond, Anthony Davis, DeAndre Jordan, Gordon Hayward, Greg Monroe, Harrison Barnes, Jrue Holiday, Kenneth Faried, Kyrie Irving, Ty Lawson, USA, Utah Jazz

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