NBA players, especially the international ones, don’t just show up at training camp as the exact same player they were the last day of the previous season.
Many play streetball tournaments (Kyrie Irving), train with other players (Josh Green) and trainers (almost all of them, notably Luka Donu010diu0107 with physical trainer Anu017ee Mau010dek), and some spend 4-6 weeks of the off-season training, traveling and playing with their national team.
Everything It Takes - Ep. 1: “We Believe” pic.twitter.com/lFFyVPsFwB— Luka Doncic (@luka7doncic) August 23, 2023
All these things affect how they come into training camp—some negatively, many positively.