MIAMI — Summer league is over for the Heat, but the evaluation period really never ends.
After a rough 0-5 record in the Orlando Summer League, the Heat bounced back to go 4-2 in Las Vegas. In the end, Miami’s summer league team finished with a 4-7 record.
One of the most encouraging takeaways for the Heat was the play of first-round pick Bam Adebayo. The rookie averaged 17.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in Orlando, and 15.7 points, 8.7 rebounds and 0.3 blocks in Las Vegas.
In addition to those impressive stats, Adebayo flashed glimpses of his potential to become a stretch big man in the NBA with solid shooting mechanics and athleticism that included Eurostep moves in transition.
Okaro White, who is on a partially-guaranteed contract with the Heat, also had some good moments. Although inefficient at times, he averaged 18.0 points on 41.9 percent shooting, 8.3 rebounds and 1.7 steals in Las Vegas.
AJ Hammons is another summer league player who could end up on the Heat’s 15-man regular-season roster. Miami acquired Hammons, who is set to make a guaranteed salary of $1.3 million next season, from Dallas in the trade that sent Josh McRoberts to the Mavericks.
Hammons joined the Heat’s summer league team in Las Vegas, averaging 5.8 points on 53.8 percent shooting, 3.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks in six games.
Adebayo is almost guaranteed to make the Heat’s 15-man roster as the team’s first-round pick. But White, who finished last season with Miami, and Hammons are believed to still be competing for spots.
There are some other names from Miami’s summer league roster who could earn a two-way contract or training-camp invite from the Heat. Here are five candidates …
Zach Auguste, F/C: An athletic mobile big who averaged 10.0 points and 5.2 rebounds in five Las Vegas Summer League games. In Orlando, Auguste averaged 7.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.0 steals. He played last year in Turkey after going undrafted out of Notre Dame in 2016. Auguste averaged 11.7 points and 7.5 rebounds in 23 games with Usak Sportif of the Turkish Super League. It doesn’t seem like Miami needs another big on its roster, but is a training-camp invite possible?
Gian Clavell, G: Didn’t have much success in Orlando with a 26.3 field-goal percentage, but he was impressive in Las Vegas. The Hialeah Gardens High product averaged 12.4 points on 45.2 percent shooting to go with 2.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists in five Las Vegas Summer League games. Clavell’s best performance came in Miami’s final summer league contest, as he recorded 20 points and four assists against the Grizzlies on Saturday. Although his stats show some inconsistency between Orlando and Las Vegas, the 6-foot-4 shooting guard opened some eyes with his hustle and defensive effort. Is that enough to earn a two-way contract or training-camp invite from the Heat?
London Perrantes, G: A sprained left foot limited him to just two Las Vegas Summer League games. But when healthy, Perrantes was one of the most consistent contributors on the Heat’s summer league team. In four games in Orlando, the 6-foot-2 point guard out of Virginia averaged 11.3 points on 40 percent shooting to go with 3.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals. In two games in Las Vegas, he averaged 10.0 points on 37.5 percent shooting, 2.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals. If you think the Heat need another point guard on their roster, is Perrantes that guy?
Justin Robinson, G: The next Isaiah Thomas? Not sure about that, but the undrafted point guard out of Monmouth is 5-foot-8 and can score. He finished his college career as Monmouth’s all-time leading scorer with 2,003 points. That scoring ability shined through in Las Vegas when he finished Thursday’s win over the Clippers with 22 points and six assists. Robinson also made a game-winning layup with 11 seconds to play against the Wizards on Wednesday. In five Las Vegas Summer League games, he averaged 12.6 points on 40.7 percent shooting, 2.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.6 steals. Robinson is definitely an intriguing prospect.
Matt Williams, G: A sprained ankle forced him to miss the first few days of the Orlando Summer League, but he was healthy enough to show his shooting ability in Las Vegas. The 6-foot-5 guard made 18 of the 40 threes (45 percent) he took in six Las Vegas Summer League games. Williams, an Orlando native who played at Central Florida, averaged 10.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game in Las Vegas. It’s not a surprise that 3-point shooting proved to be his greatest strength, as Williams set a UCF record with 274 career made 3-point field goals. NBA teams can always use shooting these days, and Williams could be worth a closer look.