Rather than force teams to assess their draft hauls and potential roster fillers in five glorified exhibitions, the NBA came up with a novel idea for the 2013 Las Vegas Summer League.
The league gave meaning to final (and quarter) scores, assigning a point value to each scoreboard reading. This, of course, led to an inevitable balancing act for players seeking strong individual showings to further (or start) their pro careers while also needing selfless play to prolong their team's Las Vegas stay.
The merits of this move aren't up for debate here. All you need to know is that starting with Wednesday's six-game slate, the Entertainment Capital of the World is no longer hosting ridiculously competitive pickup games.
Playoff hoops have now arrived in Sin City.
The teams that took the hardwood on Wednesday night were the 12 ones not fortunate enough to secure a top-10 seed through the first three games.
Some looked like they were fighting for their playoff lives. Others looked more like a collection of individuals bound only by the names on the front of their jerseys, hoping to draw the most attention to the letters written on their backs.
It wasn't quite win-or-go-home Wednesday—the losers were guaranteed a one-game appearance in the consolation round—but it was the chance for organizations to see how their players performed with a tangible reward attached to the final score.
Read on to find out which teams reaped that reward and which ones are now forced to wrap their heads around the thought of a consolation-round summer league game.