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Mavs summer league primer

July, 10, 2014
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As the Las Vegas Summer League begins Friday, it's important to note that all results produced there must be taken under the summer league context. Basketball is being played on a basketball court in a basketball gymnasium, but it's a totally different game.

If you talk to anyone affiliated with a team, the concept of winning is secondary. The ideas of growth, development and assimilation are far more important. For the most part, these players are rookies who will represent the next generation for the NBA and free agents who are holding on to their NBA dreams. General managers, other executives and scouts are hoping to find diamonds in the rough to fill out their 15-man rosters.

There are also some players with Dallas ties who will participate. Former Mavs Rodrigue Beaubois, Josh Howard and Delonte West will be playing for the summer squads of the Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Clippers, respectively.

Here's a breakdown of key players for the Mavs:

Gal Mekel
[+] EnlargeGal Mekel
Jerome Miron/USA TODAY SportsGal Mekel is coming off an injury-plagued rookie season in Dallas and will be looking to show his form during summer league.
Mekel is playing organized basketball for only the second time since knee surgery in mid-January. He was assigned to the Mavs team in the D-League and the Texas Legends during the later portion of the season, and he essentially ended his rookie season there. Mekel impressed many with his play last year in Vegas. While the Mavs are expecting to re-sign Devin Harris and acquired Raymond Felton from New York, there is still uncertainty at the point guard position. If Mekel can show consistency with his jumper and faster mobility, he could improve his chances of getting backup minutes.

Ricky Ledo
The enigmatic swingman played in only 11 games for the Mavs in his rookie season. Ledo, 21, spent most of his time in Frisco with the Texas Legends. He showed flashes of promise, considering it was his first time playing organized basketball in more than a year, as he was declared ineligible at Providence. After drafting him in the second round in 2013, the Mavs made a relatively strong investment in Ledo with a four-year contract with Dallas. Ledo has the opportunity to be the star of the summer league roster. Showing consistency and reliability in Vegas could go a long way in carving out an actual role on the main roster.

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