5 Biggest Takeaways from the Orlando Summer League

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5 Biggest Takeaways from the Orlando Summer League
Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Jeremy Lamb, shown here in last year's summer league action, was one of the stars of the 2013 Orlando summer league.

Some of what happens in NBA Summer League can prove significant.

Last year, in the Orlando Pro Summer League, there were signs of Lance Stephenson's growth when the Indiana Pacers guard scored 28 in a game and averaged 19.8.

There was some indication that Garrett Temple could stick on a roster when he had six steals for the San Antonio Spurs; ultimately, the Washington Wizards would give him full-time employment.

There was some proof that Jrue Holiday no longer belonged at this level when he kept sticking open three-pointers.

Still, it can be dangerous to take any of what you see too seriously.

Consider that two of the top four scorers in the 2010 Orlando league were Damion James and Joe Crawford—and no, not the official.

Or consider what happened to the Miami Heat this week.

Miami doesn't need much, not with nearly its entire roster returning to try to become back-to-back-to-back champions. Still, it took a liking to Belmont guard Ian Clark, specifically his ability to shoot behind the arc and move his feet as a defender.

"He had a very good week for us," Heat president Pat Riley said.

But Clark had committed to join the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League, and he chose to honor that commitment.

"As much as we tried to dissuade him," Riley acknowledged.

Clark may play in the NBA next season. It just might not be for the franchise he represented in Orlando.

What were some of the takeaways before the teams took leave of Orlando?


All quotes for this piece were collected through the course of the author's coverage of the Miami Heat and the NBA for The Palm Beach Post.

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