Everybody knows that deriving meaning from NBA Summer League stats can be tricky, but for a few of this year’s top performers thus far, the numbers are especially misleading.
So before anyone starts getting excited about Austin Rivers’ barrage of buckets or Michael Carter-Williams’ hefty assist totals, let’s all just take a step back and stay rational.
Nobody’s saying these summer league stars can’t eventually turn into useful players. And while there are a few standouts who figure to carry their excellent Orlando or Las Vegas performances into the regular season—Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and rookie Kelly Olynyk come to mind—there are just as many stat-stuffers who seem more likely to fizzle when the games start to matter this fall.
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- NBA Summer League: Otto Porter struggles for second straight game (sbnation.com)
- NBA Summer League: Justin Dentmon impresses but Mavericks fall to Bobcats, 86-80 (chronicralph.wordpress.com)
- What We Learned from the NBA Summer League (nsmith23.wordpress.com)
- Spurs NBA Summer League: Raptors give Spurs first loss of the summer (94feetofgreatness.wordpress.com)
- Spurs NBA Summer League: Corey Joseph beats Bobcats on last second shot (94feetofgreatness.wordpress.com)
- Here’s What NBA Stars Looked Like When They Played In The Summer League (businessinsider.com)
- NBA Summer League, Day 3: Otto Porter struggles, Cody Zeller shines (sbnation.com)
- Carrick Felix and his strong NBA Summer League play turning heads (clevelandthegoat.com)