The NBA’s summer league is not a good way to form opinions on players, make predictions about them, or rule someone out. It’s really just a chance for the players to get out and run and for the rookies to get their first taste of NBA action.
However, summer league is a good time to look for improvements from the non-rookies and get a sense of what a rookie could bring to the table for the upcoming season.
For example, there were tons of question marks surrounding Steven Adams after the Thunder selected him in the lottery, but right off the bat in summer league, his physicality, motor, and athleticism stood out. You knew he was going to be able to compete in the league.
Those are the type of things you can take away from summer league.
So, while it would be irrational to predict your Rookie of the Year or sleeper in summer league, there are things I will be looking for from a couple players on the Thunder’s summer league roster as they will play five games in the Orlando league from July 5-11.