The Houston Rockets concluded their play in the Orlando NBA Summer League with a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the championship game, bringing their overall record in the league to 4-1. The team was certainly a winner as a whole, but what about the individual parts?
Despite the league's relative lack of importance, teams can learn vital lessons about roster construction from the individual performances of players who otherwise wouldn't be given a chance. Scouting and preparing well for the summer league could be the difference between general managers finding cheap players to fill up the roster or having to go into free agency to do so.
Rockets GM Daryl Morey took the first approach and found some potentially important pieces in the process. In an offseason being talked about as the one where the Rockets made a splash in free agency, it could be the moves for young role players that end up making the biggest difference.
Of course, there were just as many losers as there were winners. When new players find their way onto a team's roster, there have to be other players vacating said positions. It's the circle of life in the NBA.