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NBA Summer League: Orlando vs Las Vegas


Much like every other NBA Fan, I have been glued to the television for the past 2 weeks watching the NBA Summer League to catch some of the young talent that will entering the association.

The Orlando Summer League did not disappoint as players like:

….have proven to be valuable pieces to their respective organizations and really put on a show for Summer League viewers. The player that had the league talking was Kelly Olynyk who looks to the next Dirk Nowitzki. His ability to take players off the dribble along with hit the outside jumper and finish in the post.

While the Celtics have lost some big pieces in the recent years (Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen) they look to have some young talent to grow around. They recently picked up Marshon Brooks in a trade with the Brooklyn Nets and this young guard has the ability to fill up the stat sheet along with youngster Jared Sullinger who played well last year in the Orlando Summer League.

Las Vegas Summer League

Dion Waiter
Dion Waiter

To say this year has been a disappointment would be an understatement. We have seen flashes of good plays by players like Austin Rivers, Dion Waiters, Jermaine Taylor and Cody Zeller. Beyond the play from those players, the Las Vegas Summer League could put the average baby to sleep The play has been sloppy, defense/offense has been non-existent and players nerves are showing throw when trying to take players off the dribble.

This begs the question whether the intimate Orlando Summer League is better than the more fan-friendly Las Vegas Summer League? For young players, they will need to get use to the big large arenas and grand crowds, but is a private stage for them to grow proving to be more beneficial for these youngsters?

Time will only tell, but from the outside looking in, it appears that the Las Vegas Summer League really weeds out the players who can really contribute come the start of the season.

Stay tuned for more Summer League on NBATv!


About Anthony Fernandez

Anthony Fernandez has been a NBA Sports Writer for the past 7 years working with his work featured on sites like RealGM, Yahoo! Sports, HoopsHype, TerezOwens and AthletePromotions.

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