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Summer League Standouts: Day 3 in Las Vegas

POSTED: Jul 11, 2016 9:07 AM ET

By Shaun Powell

BY Shaun Powell


The Fast Break: Las Vegas Summer League

Take a quick tour through Las Vegas Summer League in the Fast Break.

A look at the top performers from Day 3 in Las Vegas:

Norman Powell, Toronto Raptors

Timberwolves vs. Raptors

Norman Powell scores 29 points and grabs eight rebounds to lead the Raptors to victory over the Timberwolves, 82-80 during Samsung Summer League 2016.

Powell was the only rookie to be named to the All-Summer League first team a year ago, and has returned to Vegas to seek "the MVP" he said with a chuckle. Well, he's off to a solid start. He scored 29 points (in 28 minutes) with eight rebounds against the Timberwolves and their hot rookie, Kris Dunn. After an encouraging summer in 2015, Powell had an uneven rookie season. He received reps in the D-League before giving the Raptors some relief when DeMarre Carroll was out for a few months with a bum knee. All told, Powell averaged 15 minutes a game off the bench and while his production was mild, Toronto expects a bigger role for him in 2016-17.

Thon Maker, Milwaukee Bucks

Maker With The Flush

Rashad Vaughn makes a bounce pass to Thon Maker for the two-handed dunk.

For the second straight game the slender 7-footer grabbed a double-double, this time against the D-League Select Team. Suddenly, Maker has gone from a relative unknown prior to the Draft to at the very least a curiosity. He's the only player to leap from high school to the NBA since the league did away with hardship cases because he was able to exploit a loophole, spending an extra year at his prep school in Canada. Most teams had projected him as a mid- to late-first rounder but the Bucks grabbed him in the lottery and are encouraged so far. Maker had 17 points and 17 rebounds on Sunday.

Kris Dunn, Minnesota Timberwolves

Dunn Sticks With It

Kris Dunn's first layup attempt won't go, but he catches the rebound and scores while drawing the foul.

There's very little debate that Dunn emerged from the weekend as the most impressive rookie in Vegas. He scored 21 points with nine rebounds against the Raptors, recovering quickly from an 0-for-4 shooting start. Dunn has been exactly as advertised: aggressive, athletic and resourceful. He gets to the rim and has a reliable mid-range jumper. His playmaking remains a work in progress; he's not a pass-first point guard like his Minnesota teammate Ricky Rubio. But he's far more rugged defensively and given that the Wolves are now under the command of Tom Thibodeau, that could give Dunn the edge over Rubio should Thibodeau declare the position up for grabs.