The good, the bad and the murky of summer league

Originally Published: July 24, 2006
By Chad Ford | ESPN Insider
Grading picks on draft night is a shaky proposition. Just an hour or two after the draft is way too early to give a full assessment of how a team selected.

We learn a little more in the NBA summer leagues, but summer success isn't a very accurate predictor of stardom, not when players like Loren Woods, Shammond Williams and Nikoloz Tskitishvili have made the honor roll in previous summers.

A more accurate gauge of a player's future performance is an inability to thrive in a summer league. If a player can't produce against the watered-down competition in the summer, he'll struggle mightily to get it done against real NBA players during the season.

This year the NBA held four summer leagues across the country -- the Toshiba Vegas Summer League, the Orlando Summer League, the Southern California Summer Pro League in Los Angeles and the Rocky Mountain Revue in Salt Lake City.

To get the skinny, Insider queried a number of NBA scouts and executives who attended the four leagues: Who played well? Who bombed out? How does the performance of rookies and sophomores affect team draft grades for the past two years?

Here's what the NBA Boys of Summer were up to in July:

Chad Ford

Senior Writer, NBA Insider

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