As the greatest basketball players the world has to offer gear up for the Olympics, the same is happening for the young guns either getting ready for or hoping to make their way into the NBA game.
It doesn't happen every year, but there's always an interesting juxtaposition whenever the NBA Summer League and the Olympic exhibition games start up around the same time. On one side, you've got the best players in the league leading their country, looking to show that theirs is the best in the world. On the other hand you've got guys trying their damnedest to make their dreams of playing professional basketball come true.
It's hard to say which one is more inspirational, more story-worthy, even when there's no question which one is more watchable.
Still, there are some things that can be taken away from summer league ball, even though a spoonful of salt comes alongside any statistical output that players had. Either way, there are some observations to be had.