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5 takeaways from Day 4 of scrimmages in Orlando

The NBA season restart is just days away as teams continue to find their rhythm through their scrimmage games in Orlando.

12 teams hit the court on Day 4, headlined by some big performances from Caris LeVert, Kyle Kuzma, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker.

Here are a few key observations from the fourth day of NBA action:

1. Caris LeVert looks ready to lead the Nets

The Brooklyn Nets are one of the most short-handed teams in the Orlando bubble, missing several key players.

While they will have their work cut out for them, Orlando provides an opportunity for some of their rotation players to take the reigns on offence and no player is better equipped than Caris LeVert.

In Brooklyn's 124-119 win over the Spurs, LeVert looked every bit the no.1 option, recording 27 points in 23 minutes on court, knocking down 8-of-17 from the floor and 3-of-9 from deep, adding three assists and three steals.

2. Kuzma....the third option?

Plenty of questions have been asked of the Los Angeles Lakers' rotation, following injury to Rajon Rondo and the absence of Avery Bradley.

Who will step up for the Lakers?

Kyle Kuzma had been tabbed as the guy to provide the necessary scoring punch behind LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and so far the early signs in Orlando show he could just be ready to take his game to a new level.

In their 119-112 win over the Orlando Magic, Kuzma poured in 25 points off the bench, knocking down 10-of-13 from the field and 5-of-7 from the three-point line.

3. Bucks splashing threes for fun

The Bucks weren't shy to let it fly from deep this season, sitting in the top five for three-pointers made and three-pointers attempted.

In their 131-123 win over the Sacramento Kings, they knocked down 20 triples, with eight players burying at least one three-pointer, led by Kyle Korver (5) and Brook Lopez (4).

4. J.R. Smith is still super fun!

In just two outings for the Lakers, J.R. Smith is already racking up the highlights!

In the first quarter against the Magic, Smith found Dwight Howard with this one-hand, no-look alley-oop! He's wasted no time finding his feet with the new squad.

5. Productive Pelicans bench

For the second-straight game, the Pelicans youngsters took the reigns - today combining for 90 points in their 119-104 win over the Denver Nuggets.

Nickeil Alexander-Walker, Jaxson Hayes and Frank Jackson led the charge, combining for 50 of those points and while it's unclear how large thier roles will be in the season restart, the early signs in Orlando are promosing for what is already a deep rotation.

The views expressed here do not represent those of the NBA or its clubs.

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