You don't find out if guys can play during the NBA Summer League.
But you sure can find out if they can't.
So, this season, a year where the Thunder didn't have to find a hidden gem or, for that matter, even find an answer in the humidity of the Orlando summer, Oklahoma City learned enough.
Andre Roberson can get in front of some guys. Daniel Orton has become part of the discussion and Jeremy Lamb, Grant Jerrett and Steven Adams can be active participants. This season.
Not a bad batch of intelligence gathering in a week's time in central Florida where the Thunder won five games in five tries and the league title to go along with it.
So, beating a bunch of teams with rookies and second-year players doesn't make you eligible for a ring-sizing party, but it's certainly better than seeing your own first and second-year players getting beat.
But most importantly the summer league provided a window to who will help chip in, not who is going to have to be counted on.
All three of th...