Oklahoma City Thunder: 3 Things To Watch In Summer League

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Jul 18, 2013; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Miami Heat guard Tony Taylor dribbles the ball through center court as the first quarter of play begins against the Chicago Bulls during an NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavillion. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

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.

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