For these five players, summer league will take on added significance. Here's a look at what they need to get out of Orlando this week.
Cole Aldrich — 2011-12 stats: 2.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 0.6 bpg, 6.7 mpg.
*Has a skill: Because of his length and nose for the ball, Aldrich already is a solid rebounder and shot-blocker. He can make his presence felt on the court with those skills alone.
*Needs to drill: Aldrich's man defense has to improve. He is projected to be the backup center behind Kendrick Perkins next season, so he needs to develop his defensive fundamentals. Shot-blocking is great, but being in the right position and being able to move your feet to rotate in team defense and on pick-and-roll coverages is just as important.
Reggie Jackson — 2011-12 stats: 3.1 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.6 apg, 11.1 mpg.
*Has a skill: Finding the open man is a strong suit of Jackson's. He's unselfish as a point guard who loves to get his teammates involved and has no trouble delivering passes on time and on target.
*Needs to drill: Ball-handling was a problem for Jackson as a rookie. Too often Jackson worried more about protecting the ball as he brought it up the court than he did getting the ball across the half-court line and initiating offense before an eight-second violation. Jackson also needs to work on his 3-point shooting. He shot just 21 percent from long distance last year.
Perry Jones III — **2011-12 stats: 13.5 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.3 apg, 0.6 bpg, 30.7 mpg.
*Has a skill: Jones can step in from day one and be a threat on the break. He's a terrific finisher in transition thanks to his mix of tremendous size and world-class athleticism.
*Needs to drill: Everything else. Jones is raw. He'll have to develop his midrange jumper and ball-handling skills if he intends on creating his own shot or stepping outside and knocking down shots consistently. This week also is a great time for Jones to just work on playing hard on every possession.
Lazar Hayward — 2011-12 stats: 1.4 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.2 apg, 5.4 mpg.
*Has a skill: Defense and toughness are Hayward's biggest attributes. He's got great size and strength to be a pest as a wing defender
*Needs to drill: Perimeter shooting. Hayward has shot less than 29 percent from 3-point range in each of his first two seasons. He's not expected to create offense on his own, so if he is reach his full potential he must be able to consistently hit open shots off catch-and-shoot situations.
Latavious Williams — ***2011-12 stats: 9.6 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 spg, 0.8 bpg, 24.6 mpg.
*Has a skill: Rebounding. With his athleticism, Williams has the ability to dominate the boards. He averaged 8.6 rebounds in the 2010-11 season with the Tulsa 66ers before showing the same dominance with his Spanish club this past season.
*Needs to drill: Polish. Williams is quickly refining his game, but he still needs to improve his all-around skills instead of relying on his athleticism. A consistent midrange jumper would go a long way make him a threat on both ends.
** Stats are from Jones' sophomore season at Baylor
*** Stats are from Williams' season with FIATC Joventut Badalona
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