In the midst of a disappointing second season under Jason Kidd, the Bucks did at least seem to find a direction for their future. With budding superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo set to be the team's offensive engine, Milwaukee needed to build a rotation to complement his unique combination of size and skill.
This once entertaining, energetic and unpredictable Houston team did quite a bit to pull itself out of last season's hell — enough that a return to 14-15 form is perhaps more likely than not.
With Frank Vogel at the helm, a renewed sense of confidence and accountability, and a pecking order that doesn't have every player trying to get theirs, the future doesn't seem so bad for Orlando.
One thing was demonstrably evident throughout Summer League, Ben Simmons' passing is a transcendent skill. To maximize this otherworldly ability, it is essential that he be the primary initiator on offense.
At the cost of well-crafted continuity and an undeniably positive culture, would moving, say, two or three rotation players and both Brooklyn picks for Superstar X vault them ahead of the Cavaliers and Warriors? It would not.