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July 17, 2007
Wondering about the summer long shots

Question: I wish there was more detailed coverage of the Vegas summer league. It would be nice to get more info on how the players are doing. I'm especially interested in Mustafa Shakur. Does he look like he might end up on the regular-season roster? Can he compete in the NBA or does he at least have potential? thanks.

Peter Lozancich, Salt Lake City

Answer: At least two stories a day and blogs from Vegas wasn't enough coverage! Gotta love Kings fans. :)

Seriously, though, the flurry of big-picture news meant I didn't write much on the summer-league hopefuls. Shakur, as I said in an earlier answer, is a nice player but nothing flashy. He was part of Arizona teams that underachieved throughout his college career, attaching questions to Shakur's name that he's now trying to answer. I could see him being invited to training camp.

Otherwise, Syracuse center Daryl Watkins has a lot of upside, an NBA body, enough athleticism and can really change shots down low. Forward Nik Caner-Medley (Maryland) is a really nice player - almost a three-four scoring type - and quite the fiery competitor, although he's undersized.

- Sam Amick

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