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NBA experience proves valuable on Day 2 of Summer League

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The second day of the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas showcased a number of players who have experience playing in the league already. Many of them contributed heavily to the success that their teams found throughout the day.

Why not all of them find themselves in a solid position going into the season, their performances show that they deserve at least a look when it comes down to finalizing rosters. Here are some of the biggest standouts coming out of the second day of competition.

Tony Snell

Snell found minor success throughout last season with the Chicago Bulls, and further proved himself with a dominating 27 point day. He went 10-14 overall, and 5-7 to help the Bulls pull out a 16 point win over the Los Angeles Clippers. His 27 points also outscored the next two highest scoring players on the team combined and was a large part of the Bulls success getting 10 point in the fourth quarter alone. If Snell can keep up numbers like this throughout the Summer League and find a way to carry that success into the regular season, he should have little trouble finding some more time on the court.

Shabazz Muhammad

Like Snell, Muhammad managed to rack up 27 points for the Minnesota Timberwolves, but unfortunately could not get the help necessary to overcome a hot second half by the Dallas Mavericks. Muhammad was one of the few high points for the Wolves throughout the game and was a large part of the team only losing by eight points. If he can keep up the momentum and find help from his teammates moving forward, the Wolves could be a tough game for any opponent. The one thing holding him back seems to be his relative inability to finish out scoring opportunities with him going 10-24 overall, and taking twice as many shots as the next closest teammate.

Ricky Ledo

Ledo is a player that could turn his Summer League Success into regular season playing time after a solid 21 point game to help the Dallas Mavericks overcome the the Minnesota Timberwolves. He went 5-8 from beyond the arc, and 7-19 overall to be the Mavs co-leading scorer on the day. He found himself in much the same position the Muhammad did with a seeming inability to complete on chances having taken twice as many attempts as any other teammate and converting on well under half of them. If Ledo can find a way to pull together all aspects of his game and show he can be a consistent player from all over the court, then he could find some serious time going into the season.

Tim Hardaway Jr.

Hardaway came off his strong first day performance to finish day two with 20 points to help lift the New York Knicks over the Portland Trailblazers by two. Hardaway is one of the players that found decent success and playing time throughout last season, but was never really starting material. His early performance could help him to earn more time and confidence moving into the season as he hopes to improve on his first year numbers. He showed why he was selected in the first round of the 2013 draft and should hope to continue making large impacts throughout the rest of his time in the Summer League and beyond.

Justin Holiday

Holiday finds himself in the most interesting position having been out of college for three years now with only a very brief stint with the Philadelphia 76ers two seasons ago. He was the hero of the night for the Golden State Warriors though as had 29 points in their two point defeat of the Phoenix Suns, including the game winner. Holiday spent last season playing in Europe and is hoping to prove that he can compete at a high level and get a second chance to play in the NBA. If he continues playing like he has so far, then he should find himself at least getting consideration from a number of teams as the season approaches.

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Matthew Fitzgerald

Matthew Fitzgerald is a Las Vegas resident who is an expert on all things sports. Being from Las Vegas has given him the opportunity to develop a love for an assortment of teams that include the Seattle Seahawks and Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as his hometown UNLV Rebels.