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Winners and losers from the Orlando Summer League

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The NBA's Orlando Summer League comes to a close Friday as each team will play its fifth and final game.

There's a real goofy scoring system for the standings, so there's not much of a reason to look at a team aspect, more so an individual performance as the majority of these guys are fighting just for a roster spot or an invite to training camp.

Let's take a look at some players that stood out, or disappointed: 

- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Pistons has torched everyone so far, averaging 27 points and eight rebounds per game. He's averaging eight more points a game than anyone in the league. A bright sign for their shooting guard of the future.

- Casper Ware of the Philadelphia 76ers probably played the best out of any undrafted player in the league, averaging 19 points and almost five assists per game. There will be roster spots to grab on this Sixers team.

- Mason Plumlee for the Brooklyn Nets looked like a man among boys, shooting 75% from the field and averaging 18 points per game.

- Cory Jefferson out of Baylor was also solid for Brooklyn, averaging 9.3 points and 6.8 rebounds, he was one of the three second rounders they traded for draft night. Markel Brown and Xavier Thames were the other two. Brown played well, Thames shot horribly (5/21)

- Kelly Olynk of the Boston Celtics showed his all-around potential averaging 17 points, 7.7 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.7 steals per game.

- Nick Johnson was solid for the Rockets and showed extreme athleticism. He averaged 16, 5 & 3. Making a strong case to be the backup point guard to Patrick Beverly if Jeremy Lin is traded.

- Marcus Smart struggled from the field as he is 14/50. The Celtics drafted him for an offensive punch, he'll need to shoot better than that.

- Nerlens Noel showed some positive signs after missing last season with injury. Of course he led the league in blocks, averaging three per game. He also provided 13.7 points and 5.7 rebounds per while shooting 52%.

- Oklahoma City's two first rounders in this year's draft, Mitch McGary and Josh Huestis had a Jekyll and Hyde type like performance. McGary was solid, averaging 13.7 points and 6 rebounds per, while Huestis struggled, averaging just 5 points a game on 23% shooting.

- Jordan Adams was the standout player for the Memphis Grizzlies, averaging nearly 16 points per game.

- Kevin Jones of the Indiana Pacers is the only player averaging a double double, scoring 13.5 points per game and bringing down 10 boards. This after not appearing in a Summer League game for the Cavs last year. Could possibly land a roster spot with the Pacers limited cap room they have for free agents.

- Jarnell Stokes was close, averaging 12 & 9. 

- James Ennis was the standout for the Heat, averaging 17 and 5 while shooting 52%. I think he has a chance to make the Heat's roster.

- Shabazz Napier struggled, shooting just under 28%.

- Aaron Gordon showed he still needs a lot of work as averaged just six points a game on 32% shooting.

- Elfrid Payton was solid and had an all-around game, averaging seven points, five rebounds and six assists. Expect him to be in the running for rookie of the year next year, as he'll have plenty of opportunities to play on a young Magic team.

For what it's worth, Philadelphia plays Memphis in the championship game at noon ET. 

Keep in mind the Las Vegas Summer League begins today and runs through July 21st. The Vegas league is set up a little bit better, as there's 24 teams, and is somewhat similar to the World Cup.

You play three preliminary games, but the difference here is every team makes the tournament, as the pool winners get a bye in the first round of the tourney. 

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