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Norris Cole: B+
Unable to participate in Summer League last year due to the lockout, Cole took advantage of his unlimited reps at the 1 spot and captained the young team like the leader he was at Cleveland State.
Although shaky at times with the turnovers, the second-year guard looked adept and in command with the Miami offense for the first time, in well, ever. He showed great poise attacking the rim and getting to the foul line, usually a lesson that goes unheard of in Summer League play. All in all, Cole’s first summer league was a large step for his development into an NBA point guard.
Terrel Harris: A-
My MVP of the Heat summer league, Harris defied expectations showing off his scoring ability and being one of the peskiest defenders in Las Vegas. While Cole served as the steady hand that ran the offense, Harris picked up the scoring load quite admirably, averaging 15 points off 45 percent shooting.
Even more impressive, the undrafted guard out of Oklahoma State finished 2nd in steals during summer league play, including a defensive clinic on San Antonio Spurs PG Cory Joseph (who finished with 10 turnovers that night). To add insult to injury, Harris outpaced all scorers with 25 points; he made every basket but two that night.
Dexter Pittman: C+
Known in most NBA circles for his gruesome elbow on Lance Stephenson that suspended him for several playoff games, Pittman finally got to step onto the court to play basketball.
As far as this writer is concerned, a 7’1” big man who can only average five rebounds a game has no place on an NBA bench. Pittman's 4.3 rebound average was behind the likes of Adam Morrison and Klay Thompson.
No, this is not a misprint.
He has been an underwhelming 2nd round selection thus far; his post-game uses more brawn than any footwork is concerned. Pittman has looked more and more confident overpowering smaller bigs down low, averaging 11 points per game on 70 percent shooting against mostly inferior bigs.
However, with a dearth of healthy big men on this Summer league squad, Pittman may be the only choice.