Twenty-three NBA organizations descended on Las Vegas to see their prospects in action, and a choice group of youngsters proved they can make significant contributions beyond the summer league.
The joy of summer league comes from seeing glimpses of future ability flash in a showcase built to display it now. No team's top scoring option in Sin City should fill the same role when the regular season tips off—not unless his franchise has designs on tanking in 2014-15—but a huge offensive performance in Vegas can indicate to coaches what skills to cultivate over the coming years.
On the other hand, the lower level of competition in summer league play versus the NBA proper requires parsing out substance from style. Will the volume-shooting outbursts translate when someone gets fewer touches? Or has a supporting player excelling at more modest tasks better proven how he can help his squad win?
While every summer league team has produced at least one tantalizing performer, what follows are the standouts whose successes in the Las Vegas Summer League won't just stay there.