The NBA Summer League is a chance for younger players to impress, but the new tournament format gives a few guys a chance to shine a little brighter.
After all 22 teams competed in three preliminary games, the squads were then seeded into a full bracket of single-elimination play. This allowed players to showcase their ability in a more competitive atmosphere as each squad did their best to stay alive.
It also means that we have seen the last of C.J. McCollum, Reggie Bullock and other young players who did extremely well in the early games.
Still, there are plenty of exciting prospects on the four teams remaining in the competition. Here is a look at who to watch in each semifinal. Click here for a full bracket of the tournament.
Miami Heat vs. Phoenix Suns
When: July 21 at 6 p.m. ET
Jarvis Varnado, Miami Heat
Unlike the usual Heat roster, the summer league squad does not have many superstars. Instead, the team continues to win without anyone truly standing out from the crowd.
Still, Jarvis Varnado was a bright spot for the team in the last game against the Cleveland Cavaliers with 13 points and 12 rebounds.
The forward was an elite shot-blocker in college at Mississippi State, but he has not had the chance to showcase this skill in the NBA. Last year, he only played in 13 game for the Heat and Boston Celtics.
However, a few more strong games could allow him to earn some playing time in the low post during the regular season.
Markieff Morris, Phoenix Suns
Playing alongside his brother Marcus—like they did all the way through college—Markieff Morris is starting to show why he was a lottery pick in the 2011 draft.
The forward had a solid showing last season, appearing in all 82 games while making 32 starts for the Suns. He has great athleticism, is a solid rebounder and has enough range to make opponents guard him from deep.
Morris is averaging 15 points per game this summer, but he is coming off an excellent showing against the Toronto Raptors in which he finished with a team-high 23 points.
If he can play with the same type of energy during the regular season, he could end up being a big help to the rebuilding effort in Phoenix.
Charlotte Bobcats vs. Golden State Warriors
When: July 21 at 8 p.m. ET
Jeffery Taylor, Charlotte Bobcats
If the summer league is a chance for players to put themselves on the map, Jeffery Taylor is accomplishing his goal this week.
The second-year player out of Vanderbilt ranks third in the league with an average of 20.3 points per game and has showcased a wide skill set on the offensive end of the court.
These games were supposed to be a chance to evaluate top picks like Cody Zeller, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Bismack Biyombo. However, it has been Taylor who has carried the lineup in the early going.
The guard started 29 games last year, but there are few certainties in the Bobcats lineup. He is looking to solidify a spot in the rotation, and he is doing a good job of getting that done.
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Although Kent Bazemore has been the one putting up points, Draymond Green will be the more valuable player when the season starts.
The versatile big man knows how to fill up a box score, and he continues to show that ability as he racks up points, rebounds and assists at a consistent level.
Green is a coach's best friend as someone who always does things to help his team win. That is one reason that the Warriors are still alive in this competition.
Watch for him to continue this strong play in the semifinal against Charlotte.
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