NBA Summer League Standouts Who Are Mirages

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NBA Summer League Standouts Who Are Mirages
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Everybody knows that deriving meaning from NBA Summer League stats can be tricky, but for a few of this year's top performers thus far, the numbers are especially misleading.

So before anyone starts getting excited about Austin Rivers' barrage of buckets or Michael Carter-Williams' hefty assist totals, let's all just take a step back and stay rational.

Nobody's saying these summer league stars can't eventually turn into useful players. And while there are a few standouts who figure to carry their excellent Orlando or Las Vegas performances into the regular season—Andre Drummond, Reggie Jackson and rookie Kelly Olynyk come to mind—there are just as many stat-stuffers who seem more likely to fizzle when the games start to matter this fall.

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