NBA Summer League: 5 Early Standouts For Utah Jazz

NBA Summer League: 5 Early Standouts For Utah Jazz

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As the Utah Jazz get set to take on the Denver Nuggets in their third game at the Las Vegas Summer League, multiple players have made early strides for the team. Here are the top five Summer League Standouts thus far for the Jazz.

5. Brock Motum

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5. Brock Motum

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Dante Exum isn't the only Aussie making waves for the Jazz. Former Washington State Cougar Brock Motum has played with high energy in both games for the Jazz, displaying a propensity to finish hard at the rim, connect from three point range, and disrupt opposing offenses. Against the Bucks, Motum finished with 16 points, six boards and two steals.

4. Malcolm Thomas

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4. Malcolm Thomas

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Though his second game was comparatively quiet, Malcolm Thomas led Utah in scoring against the Philadelphia 76ers with 13 points. The 6-foot-9 forward has shown athleticism, an impressive floor game, and has finished well at the basket.

3. Dante Exum

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3. Dante Exum

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His placement on this list is somewhat deceptive. The No. 5 overall selection in this year's draft has shown flashes of potential greatness with his court vision, speed and dizzying array of dribbling and hesitation maneuvers. However, Exum's primary focus has been on hitting the right spots on offense and staying focused defensively, which has perhaps limited his ability to put up huge numbers.

2. Rodney Hood

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2. Rodney Hood

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In Game 1, Rodney Hood's shooting was atrocious. He got good looks and his form was okay, but nothing was falling. Against the Bucks, Hood couldn't miss. His seven three-pointers, 11-for-16 from the field overall, and 29 points are giving Jazz fans reason to believe he can be a major contributor to the team sooner rather than later.

1. Rudy Gobert

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1. Rudy Gobert

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Perhaps not the sexiest pick, but Rudy Gobert's play so far makes him the obvious one. Through two games, he is shooting more than 90 percent from the field. He's also grabbing rebounds, running the floor, and is second in the Vegas league in blocked shots at 3.5 per game. Watch out, Enes Kanter. The young Frenchman is coming for your minutes.

Ryan Aston covers the Utah Jazz for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @MrMaryKateOlsen or add him to your network on Google.