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Summer League Standouts: Day 8 -- Las Vegas

POSTED: Jul 10, 2016 2:42 AM ET

By Shaun Powell

BY Shaun Powell


A daily look at the standout performers of the day at the Summer League. Here are Saturday's top players in Las Vegas:

D'Angelo Russell, Los Angeles Lakers

Russell Beats the Buzzer

Brandon Ingram dishes to D'Angelo Russell who hits the three-point to win the game.

Russell seems like a player on a mission to wipe away an inconsistent rookie season and take a step to stardom. That will have to wait until the regular season, but the point guard flashed the guts of a burglar against the Sixers, making a pair of threes in the final eight seconds for the win. The last shot came at the buzzer with 1.4 seconds left, and Russell and the entire Laker team reacted as though they won a playoff game. You can understand why; the team went through a rough season and is searching for any encouraging signs from its young players. Russell finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists in his second strong outing in as many games.

Devin Booker, Phoenix Suns

Booker With The And-1 Opportunity

Devin Booker gets the pass under the hoop, head fakes his defender into the air, draws the foul and scores for the and-1 opportunity.

You almost wonder why Booker is even here; he finished strong last season to make the All-Rookie team and really has nothing to prove. But Booker is anxious to keep moving in the right direction, and he showed why he's a step beyond the competition in Vegas. Booker had 28 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the Suns' win over the Blazers and once again showed tremendous range on his shot along with an ability to score off the dribble. Booker seems poised to be the face of the Suns' franchise, if he isn't already.

Jimmer Fredette, Denver Nuggets

Fredette Wild Lay-In

Jimmer Fredette drives the lane and gets the wild layup to go.

Jimmer, Jimmer, Jimmer. So many basketball fans are pulling for him based on a stellar college career, and especially after his NBA career to this point has been a bust. Yet, if only for a day, Fredette was clearly the best player on the floor when the Nuggets beat the Grizzlies. Fredette is with his fourth team in five years — remember, he was selected before Klay Thompson in the draft — and the rebuilding Nuggets have little to lose by giving him a shot. Fredette rebounded from a so-so summer opener (2-7 FGs) to score 26 points in 26 minutes, making half of his 18 shots and all four of his threes. So there's hope.

Veteran NBA writer Shaun Powell has worked for newspapers and other publications for more than 25 years. You can e-mail him here or follow him on Twitter.

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