Summer league about developing players, whether for the Heat or other organizations

Heat center Landry Nnoko and Kings forward Harry Giles reach for a rebound during the first half of a summer league game July 5 in Sacramento. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

LAS VEGAS – The Heat’s summer league roster has 14 players. Just two are under contract and guaranteed a job this season – Bam Adebayo and Derrick Jones Jr.

If any other player winds up in the Heat’s camp, or any other team’s, coach Eric Glass will feel a sense of satisfaction.

“It’s the tough part about it, you can’t take every guy and even some of the guys we’ve had on our main teams that have developed and gone on elsewhere you want to see them be successful,” Glass said. “When you’re competing against them you don’t, but every other time you want them to feel like you were a part of helping them on their journey.”

The Heat face Utah at 4:30 p.m. today. Miami is 2-3 during summer league, including 0-2 in Las Vegas. Jones has played just 7 ½ minutes in the two games in Las Vegas, sitting the first and coming out of the second after spraining his right ankle. He will not play today and could miss Miami’s final two games.

Adebayo will return today after not playing in Miami’s loss to Charlotte on Sunday.

The Heat’s player development is not just about seeing their players succeed, but others that might have started in the Heat’s summer camp or even regular season camp and are on another roster. That is why the staff, whether it’s Glass’ during summer league or Erik Spoelstra’s during the regular season, spends so much time with every player.

“All 14 of them each day, they’re focus is developing themselves as individuals and that’s through film sessions, through games, through practices, through chalk talks,” Glass said about the players on the summer league roster.

“It’s just trying to pick up as much information as you can, learning how to be a professional and hopefully we can find these guys some jobs so they can start their careers.”

Others who have had their moments during the last week:

Undrafted free agent Duncan Robinson out of Michigan, who has been the most impressive of the players not under contract. Robinson is averaging 12.4 points on 57.8 percent shooting (22 of 38), including 62.9 percent (17 of 27) on threes.

* Guard Daryl Macon, an undrafted free agent from Arkansas, had 17 points, six rebounds and five assists Sunday. Macon has 22 assists in four games including 11 in a win over the Lakers in Sacramento.

* Forward Yante Maten, the SEC’s player of the year from Georgia, had 25 points and 13 rebounds in the Heat’s two wins in Sacramento. He has struggled some in Las Vegas but had 10 rebounds in the two losses.

* Guard Rashad Vaughn, the 17th overall pick in the 2015 draft, has 27 points in the two games in Las Vegas. Vaughn, who has played for three NBA teams in his two seasons, played one season at UNLV before entering the draft.

* Center Landry Nnoko, the 2017-18 G League Defensive Player of the Year, had 12 points and 13 rebounds against Charlotte. Forward/center Jarrod Jones, who has played the last six seasons in Europe, had 15 points and 12 rebounds against New Orleans.

* Guard Derrick Walton Jr., who spent last year splitting time between the Heat and Sioux Falls while in a two-way contract, has struggled with his shot. In four games he is 9-of-42 from the field (.214) and 3-of-24 on threes (.125).

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Three takeaways: Heat routed by Pelicans; Eric Glass calls performance ’embarrassing’

Heat Eric Glass, shown here in Miami’s game against Golden State in Sacramento, called Saturday’s loss to New Orleans ’embarrassing.’ (Photo Tom D’Angelo)

LAS VEGAS – The Miami Heat gave their best player from the Sacramento summer league the day off Saturday and the result showed as much.

Miami fell behind the New Orleans Pelicans by 18 points at the half and things got worse in the second half in a 110-84 loss at the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus that coach Eric Glass called “embarrassing.”

Derrick Jones Jr., who averaged 21.3 points in Sacramento, sat – as did guard Derrick Walton Jr. – as coach Glass gave significant time to a group of players who didn’t get on the court much the first three games.

Bam Adebayo, though, logged heavy minutes for the fourth consecutive game and finished with nine points and four rebounds. Adebayo’s turn to rest could come Sunday as the Heat face Charlotte at 2 p.m.

Duncan Robinson led the Heat with 18 points.

The Heat are 2-2 in summer leagues including 2-1 in Sacramento.

Glass not happy: For the first time this week, Glass was angry following the game. The Heat allowed the Pelicans to shoot 58.1 percent (43 of 74) from the floor, 50 percent (11 of 22) on threes. New Orleans had 52 points in the paint. Miami was 8 of 31 (25.8 percent) on threes.

When asked who stood out, Glass said: “Nobody stood out to me tonight. That was an embarrassing performance and it started with the head coach.”

Glass then was asked what bothered him most: “Everything. Lack of energy, lack of effort, lack of intensity, connection on the court. It was an embarrassing game.”

Robinson more than a shooter: As the fourth-most prolific three-point shooter in University of Michigan history, Robinson was known for his perimeter game and has shown that skill during summer league. But Robinson is determined to show he is more than a jump shooter and he’s done a nice job.

Robinson continues to impress, not only with his outside shooting but had several plays at the rim in Sacramento and continued that in the Heat’s Las Vegas opener with two early baskets on drives to the basket. Robinson, who scored 19 points in Miami’s victory over the Lakers in Sacramento, has been the most impressive player among the undrafted rookies and could be putting himself in a good spot for a two-way contract, from someone if not from the Heat.

Robinson, who also had a nice block on a layup attempt by the Pelicans’ Walter Lemon Jr., he was 7-of-10 from the floor and 4-of-6 on threes against New Orleans.

“I felt like I was labeled a lot in college,” Robinson said. “Not to discredit anything I did in college, but I feel like there’s more to my game than just that. It’s a great opportunity to be out here and showcase it. I’m thankful for the opportunity and just trying to continue to grow and hopefully make some noise.”

Getting some playing time: Glass gave heavy minutes to Rashad Vaughn, Matt Farrell, Ike Nwamu and Jarrod Jones on Saturday. Vaughn, who is trying to rehabilitate his career after being the 17th overall pick in 2015, finished with 11 points. Farrell, an undrafted rookie from Notre Dame, finished with six assists but was 4-of-13 from the floor. Nwamu, who play the last two years in Sioux Falls, had seven points.

Jones, who has played the last six seasons in Europe, was the most impressive with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Jones played just eight minutes in Sacramento, sitting two of the three games.

“Every game you might not get to play but the minutes that we get I just personally want to go out there and play hard and prove to all the teams in the league that I can play at this level,” Jones said.

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Miami Heat Summer League: Five things to watch the next two weeks

Rashad Vaughn of the Milwaukee Bucks drives against Eric Stuteville of the Sacramento Kings during the 2017 Summer League in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

SACRAMENTO – The Heat will play in two summer leagues spanning more than two weeks.

First up, three games in the California Summer League, starting at 9 p.m. tonight against Golden State. After facing the Lakers and Kings in Sacramento, the Heat then move onto the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas where they begin play Saturday. Each team will play at least five games in Las Vegas.

Here are five things to look for with the Heat during summer league:

Bam Adebayo stretching his outside shot: The Heat’s first-round pick in 2017 had a solid rookie season, playing in 69 games and averaging 6.9 points and 5.5 rebounds. Of Adebayo’s 174 field goals, 91 were dunks, which placed him 25th in the league. Of his 340 field goal attempts, 300 were from within 10 feet and just 21 shots were from beyond 15 feet. Heat summer league coach Eric Glass even mentioned Adebayo working on his 3-point shot.

Derrick Jones Jr. expanding his offensive game: Jones, who was signed to a standard two-year contract Saturday, is known as a defender and a leaper. This is where he can work on his offensive game. “You’ll see him on the wing, attacking,” Glass said. “You’ll see him handling. You’ll see him with an improved 3-point jumper so hopefully he can see the ball go through the net.”

Derrick Walton Jr.’s leadership: Walton, like Jones, split time last season between the Heat and Sioux Falls while on a two-way contract. He is 6-foot-1 and was able to show off his point-guard skills in the G League last season, averaging 7.0 assists in 27 games for the Skyforce. The next step is for Walton to become more of a leader on the court.

Rashad Vaughn’s attempt to rehabilitate his career: Other than Adebayo, the 6-6 Vaughn is the only player on the Heat roster who was drafted. He was taken 17th overall by the Bucks and after playing in 70 games as a rookie has played in just 69 games the last two seasons, including 28 last season for three different teams. He has averaged 3.0 points in his career. Another reason to watch Vaughn, he will be a hometown favorite when the Heat get to Las Vegas having played one season at UNLV.

Who could emerge as a training camp invitee: The Heat have some interesting players on the roster including 6-9 forward Jarrod Jones, who spent the last six seasons playing professionally in Europe; 6-9 forward Yante Maten of Georgia, the 2017-18 SEC Player of Year; 6-10 Landry Nnoko, the G League’s Defensive Player of the Year last season while playing for Grand Rapids and 6-2 Tai Webster, who played professionally in Europe before going to Nebraska and professionally in Germany last season after four years at Nebraska.

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