Rookie Watch: Summer school

Members of the Class of 2012, like Jeremy Lamb and Bradley Beal, got their first taste of NBA ball. Garrett W. Ellwood/NBAE/Getty Images

Summer league has a bad reputation as a set of games that don't predict anything.

I, on the other hand, have always felt that it serves a better purpose: telling us where players are today, and giving us a glimpse of where they can be tomorrow.