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Winners and Losers from the 2012 NBA Summer League, Day 1

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Winners and Losers from the 2012 NBA Summer League, Day 1

Like every bit of drivel out of Magic Johnson's mouth, the results from the NBA Summer League are best taken with a grain of salt. No single performance—strong, poor or otherwise—should be weighted too heavily, what with the actual NBA talent so scattered, the schemes so simplified, and the style of play so in favor of those trying to shoot themselves onto the radars of attendant scouts.

That being said, even in the eight-team Orlando Summer League, there's plenty to be gleaned from a day's work. The wins and losses of the teams don't matter so much as the tally of who came to play, who didn't and who tried but failed anyway.

Again, a player's NBA viability can hardly be measured accurately through the lens of one performance against rookies, benchwarmers, D-Leaguers and American ex-pats playing overseas, though Day 1 in Orlando still yielded a fair share of open eyes and shaken heads from the ballers on display.

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