LAS VEGAS – Here is who shined and struggled in NBA summer league play on Saturday, according to various front-office personnel and scouts around the league.
1. Reyshawn Terry, Dallas Mavericks – Terry was not always assertive in college but he definitely was in a 91-70 win over Boston. He mixed in some jumpers with nice, powerful drives to the basket in scoring 23 points. Terry probably won't get much playing time on a deep Dallas team, but he will eventually contribute.
2. Randy Foye, Minnesota Timberwolves – Foye dominated again Saturday. He is much more fluid with his jumper than last year, and that was evident by his 4-for-5 effort on three-pointers in Minnesota's 102-91 victory over Memphis. Foye's shooting, combined with his strength and ability to get to the basket, makes him awfully hard to guard.
3. Sammy Mejia, Detroit Pistons – Mejia has looked solid throughout summer league. He can pass, get to the lane and rebound well from the point guard position. In Saturday's 84-81 win over the Lakers, he had 18 points and seven rebounds. The Pistons might not have a roster spot for him due to a numbers game, but Mejia has proved he has NBA-caliber talent.
4. Glen Davis, Boston Celtics – As Boston's lone bright spot against the Mavericks, Davis had another solid game. "Big Baby" uses his body well to create space to rebound and draw contact to get to the free-throw line. He finished with 19 points and 14 rebounds.
5. Javaris Crittenton, Los Angeles Lakers – Crittenton again demonstrated his potential in L.A.'s loss to the Pistons. In finishing with a game-high 28 points, he showed range (2-for-3 on threes) and scored on several impressive drives to the basket. The rookie should be the Lakers' starting point guard by the end of the season.
6. Jose Juan Barea, Dallas Mavericks – Barea used his speed and quickness to run by the Celtics. He had 10 points, 11 assists and only one turnover as he pushed the ball every time he touched it. Despite his small stature, the 6-foot Barea has proved he is an NBA point guard.
7. D.J. Strawberry, Phoenix Suns – Strawberry continued to impress not only with his defense but also with his offense in an 89-85 loss to Portland. He shot the ball well and found open teammates in finishing with 27 points and eight assists. The 2007 second-round pick could very well find a home in Phoenix.
Arron Afflalo, Detroit Pistons – Afflalo needs to work on his jumper in order to be a solid NBA player. Some days it is falling and other days, like Saturday (when he shot 3-for-10 from the field), it is a disaster. If Afflalo wants significant minutes this season, he needs to shoot the ball better and more consistently.