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NBA Summer League 2014: 10 Takeaways

Takeaways From NBA Summer League 2014

Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Although success in the NBA Summer League may not always translate over to the actual season, there are plenty of players who stepped up their game this summer. With that in mind, let’s take a look at 10 takeaways from the summer league.

Andrew Wiggins Can Be Great at Times

Andrew Wiggins
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Andrew Wiggins Can Be Great at Times

Andrew Wiggins
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When Andrew Wiggins is pulling off highlight-reel dunks, he looks like he is already a star in this league. Not to mention, his athleticism is out of this world. It helps that he stands at 6-foot-8. Wiggins can be great at times, but he is definitely an unfinished product. The Cavalier certainly has some things he needs to work on, but he did show off his skills this summer.

Nerlens Noel is Going to Meet Expectations

Nerlens Noel
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Nerlens Noel is Going to Meet Expectations

Nerlens Noel
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Nerlens Noel went down with an injury in his first season of college hoops. As a result, he had to sit out a year in the NBA. Well, Noel is back on the court and looks like he is going to meet expectations. He could have gone No. 1 overall in last year’s draft and he is showing us all why.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Knows How to Put the Ball into the Hoop

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Knows How to Put the Ball into the Hoop

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope wasn’t amazing in his rookie season. After all, he only averaged 5.9 points per game, but it wasn’t like he was receiving a massive amount of minutes either. Caldwell-Pope was a lethal scorer at Georgia and that was the case during the summer league as well.

Doug McDermott is NBA-Ready

Doug McDermott
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Doug McDermott is NBA-Ready

Doug McDermott
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Doug McDermott had an impressive college career to say the least. Thanks to his great shooting, he was one of the more NBA-ready players in the 2014 NBA Draft. Well, he showed off his scoring abilities in summer league and even made the All-NBA Summer League First Team.

Anthony Bennett May Not Be That Bad After All

Anthony Bennett
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Anthony Bennett May Not Be That Bad After All

Anthony Bennett
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Anthony Bennett turned out to be a bust in his first season in the NBA. Luckily, he is still young and has plenty of time to bounce back. He did just that alongside Andrew Wiggins this summer. If these two players stay in Cleveland, they could compliment LeBron James and Kyrie Irving very nicely.

Tim Hardaway Jr. is in Store For a Great Career

Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Tim Hardaway Jr. is in Store For a Great Career

Tim Hardaway Jr.
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Last year’s draft class was pretty weak, but Tim Hardaway Jr. was one bright spot from it. He was one of the standouts in the NBA Summer League, and should be one of the better players on the Knicks in the 2014-15 season.

Shabazz Napier is Not What LeBron Thought He Was

Shabazz Napier
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Shabazz Napier is Not What LeBron Thought He Was

Shabazz Napier
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Shabazz Napier led Connecticut on an amazing run in the 2014 NCAA tournament. I am not sure if it was the pressure, he wasn’t quite ready or what it may be, but Shabazz Napier did not wow us in the summer league. Maybe LeBron James was wrong about him. Luckily, this was only summer league, and Napier can prove his worth during preseason and the regular season.

Yuki Togashi is Proving That Height is Just a Number

Yuki Togashi
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Yuki Togashi is Proving That Height is Just a Number

Yuki Togashi
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Yuki Togashi was not the best player in summer league, but he still stood out in a big way. Who knows how he will actually do in the NBA, but he is proving that a shorter player can make it to the pros (stands at 5-foot-7).

Glen Rice Jr. Stole the Show

Glen Rice Jr.
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Glen Rice Jr. Stole the Show

Glen Rice Jr.
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Players like Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker were expected to standout this summer, which they did, but Glen Rice Jr. stole the show. After all, he was the MVP of the Vegas Summer League.

Russ Smith Was Underrated in the Draft

Russ Smith
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Russ Smith Was Underrated in the Draft

Russ Smith
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Russ Smith went No. 47 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft, but apparently that did not matter. Well, at least not yet. Smith was a star at Louisville and he has proved doubters wrong so far — made the All-NBA Summer League Second Team.

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry or add him to your network on Google.