NBA Summer League: Grading Cleveland Cavaliers’ Individual Performances

July 19th, 2010 by Eric Felkey Leave a reply »
The Vegas Summer League came to an end yesterday, with the Cleveland Cavaliers finishing the week at 3-2 after back-to-back losses to Miami and Milwaukee.

In the end, the summer league games are really just glorified exhibitions. But it's also an opportunity for rookies to get their feet wet, for D-Leaguers and borderline NBA players to make an impression on coaching staffs, and for younger players in general to harness their skills in game situations.

Rookies and second-year players like Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant, and O.J. Mayo all got their starts in summer league.

Coaches and GMs want to see how a player develops (i.e. improved jump shots, ball-handling, etc.), how they respond in late-game moments, and whether or not they can fit in long term.

The Cavs were looking for all of those attributes in assessing their roster this week. Under Byron Scott's new up-tempo system, the coaching staff were not only looking for improved play from guys like J.J. Hickson and Danny Green, but possibly guys who could fill up the remaining roster spots.

Here's a look at a few Cavaliers that stood out in the l ...

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