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Day Twelve Of 2021 NBA Preseason: Under-The-Radar Players Who Stood Out

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The twelfth day of 2021 NBA Preseason consisted of 4 games on Thursday. 

Denver’s Markus Howard scored 31 points off the bench vs. OKC.

Miami Heat

Micah Potter: The undrafted rookie is impressing during preseason. Has all the tools to be an NBA player. 16 points, 16 rebounds

Max Strus: Shooter with ball handling and rebounding attributes. Also collected 9 rebounds vs. Atlanta. 18 points, 5-9 3-PT

Javonte Smart: Energy guard who can put up points in different ways. Playing confident right now. 20 points, 5 rebounds

Gabe Vincent: Didn’t shoot the ball well last night, but still dished out a bunch of assists. Underrated playmaker. 7 points, 10 assists

Dru Smith: Defends at a high level and can handle the ball. Also recorded 3 rebounds and 2 steals last night. 4 points, 2 assists

DJ Stewart: Undrafted rookie likely to spend most of the season in the G-League. Under control guard with size. 5 points, 2-3 FG

Atlanta Hawks

De’Andre Hunter: Hunter is now back healthy and looks ready to make an impact. 2019 #4 pick out of Virginia. 19 points, 4-6 3-PT

Kevin Huerter: Huerter brings playmaking, defense, and scoring. Much more than just a shooter. 13 points, 3-5 3-PT

Gorgui Dieng: Dieng is playing hard for his new Atlanta club. Also blocked 2 shots vs. Miami. 6 points, 3 steals

Delon Wright: Point guard who can defend and distribute the basketball. Basketball IQ off the bench is solid. 4 points, 3 assists

Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot: Definitely knows how to score. On a non-guaranteed deal with the Hawks. 6 points, 2-3 3-PT

Minnesota Timberwolves

Malik Beasley: Can erupt on offense when he’s in the zone. Turns 25-years-old on November 26th. 14 points, 4 rebounds

Taurean Prince: Prince can get going at a high level when he’s making shots. Started on Thursday for Minnesota. 13 points, 5 rebounds

Jaden McDaniels: Second year player with versatility. Took in valuable experience during the 2020-2021 season. 4 points, 4 steals

Patrick Beverley: Beverley is a great teammate. Also dished out 4 assists and blocked 2 shots vs. Brooklyn. 7 points, 5 rebounds

Jake Layman: Role player who makes the most of his minutes. Polished skills on both ends. 6 points, 2-3 FG

Jarred Vanderbilt: Made a difference in his first real minutes last season. Continues to get better. 4 points, 5 rebounds

Brooklyn Nets

LaMarcus Aldridge: The veteran certainly knows how to score. Feel for the game is solid. 16 points, 8-8 FT

Paul Millsap: Millsap made a strong case for a rotation spot during preseason. Winning player. 10 points, 9 rebounds

Nic Claxton: Young big man who has all the skills to be successful. Still just 22-years-old. 11 points, 7 rebounds

Jevon Carter: Carter has developed his overall game each season. Underrated shooter. 6 points, 2-4 3-PT

Denver Nuggets

Markus Howard: Howard has a knack for scoring the basketball. Small guard who brings it on offense. 31 points, 9-17 3-PT

Bones Hyland: Makes an impact even when he’s not hitting shots. Playmaking rookie with a ton of grit. 13 points, 7 assists

Vlatko Cancar: Shooting stood out during preseason. Poised forward off the bench. 12 points, 3-6 3-PT

Bol Bol: There’s no doubt he can stuff the stat sheet if given the minutes. Also blocked 3 shots vs. OKC. 12 points, 12 rebounds

Austin Rivers: Rivers brings shot creating, defense, and ball handling back to Denver this season. Plenty of playoff experience. 6 points, 2 steals

Davon Reed: 26-year-old hoping to make the Denver roster. Strong guard with skills on both ends. 9 points, 2-4 3-PT

Tarik Black: Black spent time with the Rockets and Lakers from 2014-2018. Energy veteran big. 6 points, 4 rebounds

Oklahoma City Thunder

Aleksej Pokusevski: Seven footer with a bright future. Can do it all, working on his consistency at the moment. 22 points, 8 rebounds

Josh Giddey: The rookie has quite the skillset. Also dished out 8 assists last night. 13 points, 9 rebounds

Ty Jerome: Playmaker who can shoot and handle the ball. Under control combo guard. 16 points, 7 assists

Gabriel Deck: Deck can play both inside and out. Knows how to use his physicality for post ups and rebounds. 9 points, 11 rebounds

Theo Maledon: The 20-year-old guard had a nice rookie season in 2020-2021. Also recorded 7 rebounds on Thursday. 11 points, 4 assists

Mike Muscala: The veteran has scored the ball productively during preseason. Shooter with strength. 14 points, 4 rebounds

Aaron Wiggins: Makes an impact with his effort on both ends. Also came up with 2 steals and blocked 2 shots vs. Denver. 8 points, 2 assists

Isaiah Roby: Consistency you count on as a big man. Started in 34 games last season. 4 points, 2-3 FG

Los Angeles Lakers 

DeAndre Jordan: Went for a double-double in just 15 minutes on Thursday. Productive center. 12 points, 11 rebounds

Carmelo Anthony: Anthony gets to his spots with ease on offense. Spaces the floor for jumpers and can post up down low. 15 points, 3-4 3-PT

Austin Reaves: The undrafted rookie impressed every preseason game. Has skills you can’t teach. 5 points, 7 assists

Dwight Howard: Competes with a very high motor. Also came up with 2 steals and blocked 2 shots vs. Sacramento. 5 points, 7 rebounds

Trevelin Queen: Queen proved a lot with the Lakers. Hopefully he can get his chance in the NBA one day. 4 points, 2-3 FG

Sacramento Kings

Richaun Holmes: Holmes’ activity on both ends is tough to deal with. Efficient big man who will outwork you. 15 points, 10 rebounds

Terence Davis: Play off the bench can provide a huge spark. Shooter who competes hard. 20 points, 6-13 3-PT

Tristan Thompson: Bringing an energetic presence in the paint. Also collected 2 steals vs. LA. 9 points, 7 rebounds

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