Ty Lawson to Emerge From USA Basketball Camp as Elite Point Guard?

By Peter Sherwill
Ty Lawson
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The NBA‘s Las Vegas Summer League may have concluded and while the Denver Nuggets did not have the best showing, Ty Lawson is still in Vegas trying to improve his game. Lawson is participating in USA Basketball‘s mini-camp with 28 other NBA players including the Nuggets own Kenneth Faried.

In addition to being joined by Faried, Lawson will be competing with five other point guards for a slot on Team USA, which includes Mike Conley, Kemba Walker, Damian Lillard, Jrue Holiday and Kyrie Irving. Lawson is among great company as Irving and Lillard were both former rookie of the year winners. Training and competing with such high-caliber players will undoubtedly bring out Lawson’s best.

The Nuggets point guard has said that he has a goal of making the NBA All-Star Team this season. Being invited to this camp is certainly the first step down that path. The competition between some of the top point guards in the NBA will absolutely provide Lawson with the motivation to perform at his absolute best with the hope of representing his country in the Olympics.

This opportunity should also give Lawson momentum coming into the 2013-14 season for the Nuggets as he looks to improve. Lawson has his sights set on being considered one of the elite point guards in the NBA. As a starter, Lawson has averaged 16.2 points, 6.8 assists and 1.44 steals in 157 games for Denver.

The Nuggets will be leaning on Lawson even more to provide leadership for a young squad after the offseason departure of Andre Iguodala. Representing Team USA would be a great opportunity for Lawson to further showcase his leadership abilities and emerge as a superstar, all on a worldwide stage.

Peter Sherwill is a Denver Nuggets writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @PeterSherwill or add him to your network on Google

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