Winners and Losers from 2013 NBA Summer League

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Winners and Losers from 2013 NBA Summer League
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

The 2013 NBA Summer League won't make or break the careers of any players, whether experienced veterans or rookies playing professional basketball for the first time. However, it can get careers started down the right or wrong track, as it's done for the biggest winners and losers.

Action in Orlando and Las Vegas often occurred at a ridiculously fast pace. Turnovers ran rampant, outside shooting was difficult and defense was virtually nonexistent at times.

It's important to remember what we're dealing with, as there's no strict correlation between summer league performances and future NBA success. For every player who thrives against the lesser competition and continues to do so when the real action begins, there are a handful of players who can't maintain that level of impact.

That said, summer league is what we've got, so summer league is what we're dealing with.

The winners in this slideshow proved that they were too good for this level of competition. They thrived, both statistically and in terms of the eye test, giving clear indications that their success would carry over to the next stage of their careers in the Association.

The losers struggled, though that doesn't necessarily mean that they'll be bad forever. Some of the players included just forced us to lower our expectations thanks to their prolonged struggles.

It's also crucial to remember that a failure to appear in this slideshow doesn't mean a player wasn't a winner or loser. Guys like Archie Goodwin, Reggie Bullock and the Morris twins were all winners, but they weren't big enough winners to earn a featured spot here.

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