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Rookie Watch: Best of summer

Originally Published: July 23, 2010
By David Thorpe | Scouts Inc.
John WallGarrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty ImagesAfter an impressive summer showing, Washington's John Wall remains the front-runner to win ROY.

How players perform during summer league depends on many variables besides their own talent level. How much run do they get? Who are their teammates, and how good are they? How hard have they prepared?

The NBA is filled with players who struggled in previous summer leagues, including Stephen Curry, Omri Casspi and George Hill. Others have played well in July but have not done so when it counts. This is not to say that summer league is worthless. On the contrary, failures and successes can give the rookies a better glimpse into their future and help them plan their pre-training camp routine.

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