NBA Summer League Stars Who Are the Real Deal

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NBA Summer League Stars Who Are the Real Deal
Greg Smith-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Summer League takes place every year for several different reasons, depending on who you are and what you're trying to accomplish. For some, it's a tryout—players on the league's fringe vying for a guaranteed contract and going hard for all the scouts, coaches and general managers in attendance. 

For the players who are already relatively established, summer leagues in both Orlando and Las Vegas provide opportunities for self-improvement in a fast-paced, professional simulation. The competition isn't quite on the NBA's regular-season level, and that allows these players to work on one weakness in their game instead of focusing 100 percent on simply winning the contest. 

That could be a pull-up jump shot, a turnaround hook from the right block or a spot-up three-pointer from the corner. Here are five players who are in the latter company—the "real deal" guys who are good enough at times to toy with summer league competition while simultaneously improving their skill set. 

Ranked in no particular order, these players are looking to get better, even though they're already the best out there competing.

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