Los Angeles Lakers: Newly Signed Center Robert Sacre Could Be Key Backup

Connor McKnightSenior Analyst ISeptember 10, 2012

TARRYTOWN, NY - AUGUST 21:  Robert Sacre of the Los Angeles Lakers poses for a portrait during the 2012 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot at the MSG Training Center on August 21, 2012 in Tarrytown, New York. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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A lot of the time, being the last pick in the NBA draft means nothing. A brief stint in the D-League, maybe an opportunity to get a contract for sitting on the bench of an actual NBA team.

But, the spotlight still consistently leaves the late second-rounders in the dark.

The most recent addition to this list of players taken with the last pick in the draft is Lakers center Robert Sacre.

ESPN confirmed on Friday that the former Gonzaga star had signed a contract with the Lakers after an impressive performance in this year's NBA Summer League, where he averaged 9.0 points-per-game and 6.2 rebounds per game.

At Gonzaga, Sacre was a force to be reckoned with. He finished his career second all time in school history in blocked shots and was the obvious choice for WCC Defensive Player of the Year.

A Canadian native, Sacre has also had quite the international experience as a member of the Canadian national team. He earned his first call-up from the junior team for the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

While the Lakers look to pad their depth to an already impressive roster, Sacre will compete immediately for a spot at backing up Dwight Howard at the center position. Learning from one of the best defenders in the league, Sacre will also be able to drastically improve his game with a squad poised to make a run for the NBA title.

Sacre will definitely face some competition to earn a roster spot, especially from Earl Clark and former UCLA star Reeves Nelson, but he still could make a small impact off the bench.

Welcome to Los Angeles, Robert Sacre.