A lot of people laughed when Miles Plumlee was drafted in the first round by the Indiana Pacers, myself included. I thought there was no way that he was ever going to amount to anything in the professional world. That being said, Plumlee apparently took all of that to heart as he is playing his heart out in the Orlando Summer League as he dunked all over the Boston Celtics.
Poor Sean Williams has a reputation as a shot blocker too. He just couldn’t get up high enough to make Plumlee think twice about that dunk. Now he is a part of Summer League highlight lore. Not exactly where you want to be found.
A lot of people rag on the Summer League but I enjoy watching games from it. It does give players like Miles Plumlee a chance to get acclimated to the pro game. There is nothing wrong with it. Some players just need a chance to show their stuff. That doesn’t mean the basketball is any less exciting.
I equate it to spring games in college football. The games are used a teaser to get fans excited about certain players. It allows young guys to work on their skills before having to play on the big stage. If you spend time talking about how stupid and awful it is, why are you watching it?
There are a lot of basketball people who think this is a great way to evaluate some fringe talent. You might just find the next diamond in the rough during Summer League games. It also helps players get exposure if they plan on playing overseas. Basically, it is a win-win for everyone, unless injuries start adding up. If you dislike that, then why are you watching?