The Miami Heat's summer league team got knocked out of contention for the NBA Las Vegas Summer League championship, so it's time to be honest in our evaluations. Despite the team loss, there are still individual winners and losers.
Don't let the pretty casino cut-ins and smaller crowds fool you, for the guys who played on this roster, this isn't some fun in the sun intramural basketball league; this is the next level.
Yes, believe it or not, while their games were broadcast for your viewing pleasure, they were also hoping to make a tough roster that actually saw a recent vacancy to compound a few nagging cavities the Heat face going into next season.
After gritting their teeth and utilizing the amnesty clause, the loss of Mike Miller means the Heat could use another swingman/guard in the rotation, but according to Miami Heat President Pat Riley (via SunSentinel), that void could easily be filled via free agency.
Miami would also welcome a cheaper younger frontcourt, however, so if any of the winners of this summer league contingent were impressive enough in the eyes Miami's front office, they might be getting a call up to the big leagues for the regular season, or more likely, a couple 10-day contracts here and there.
So let's get down to it—who has the best shot of taking their talents to South Beach, and who could expect to find themselves playing in the Siberian Basketball League this upcoming fall?