By now, you've probably heard just about every commentator, columnist, beat writer, analyst and talking head remind you that you should take anything that happens during Summer League play — good, bad or indifferent — with a heaping helping of salt. NBA history's littered with players who've looked like world-beaters in Orlando, Fla., and Las Vegas but can't reproduce those results once the games start to count, as well as those who have been slow to showcase their talent in Summer League's small gyms before things eventually click; as such, using Summer League performance as anything predictive is a dicey proposition.
If you're looking for fun, empty roundball calories, though, Summer League can provide plenty of tasty morsels, like this drive, spin, rise and stuff by Brooklyn Nets first-rounder Mason Plumlee on Detroit Pistons rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on Sunday:
... or Oklahoma City Thunder guard Reggie Jackson (who's done this sort of thing before) cocking the hammer on Orlando Magic swingman Moe Harkless on Monday:
Sure, neither of these plays "matter" in a real sense — Plumlee can go for 50 and 20 a game for noted hothead Jason Kidd in Orlando and he'll still struggle for scraps of playing time behind Kevin Garnett, Brook Lopez, Andray Blatche, Reggie Evans and Mirza Teletovic in Brooklyn this season, and after Jackson banging on a small forward doesn't tell us anything about his athleticism or explosiveness that we didn't see on the big stage after Russell Westbrook's injury this past postseason. But they're still fun, cool and worth rewatching, which is just about all you can hope for on a Monday afternoon in July.
Which one impressed you more — Plumlee spinning and winning (shouts to Clyde) or Reggie splitting the double and getting heartless on Harkless? Let us know in the comments below, on Twitter or at our Facebook page.
If the clip of Plumlee-on-Caldwell-Pope above isn't rocking for you, feel free to check it out elsewhere, thanks to The Point Forward's Ben Golliver. Jackson-on-Harkless via Daily Thunder's Royce Young.