LA Lakers' Most Intriguing Prospects from NBA Summer League
Mired in a rut of epic proportions, the Los Angeles Lakers will look to their young prospects, trying to salvage a season that already looks like it is halfway towards tanking.
Without Dwight Howard, Metta World Peace, Earl Clark and a bevvy of other players of varying roles from last year's rotation, a few of the young players scrapping for a spot on the roster in the NBA Summer League will play an integral role in the Lakers' season.
Keeping in mind that the NBA Summer League consists of numerous players struggling to even get a look from an NBA team, there may not be a diamond in the rough the same way there could be from the NBA draft.
By looking at some of the most intriguing prospects, perhaps the Lakers can maximize the limited amount of talent on their roster.
1. Robert Sacre
While Robert Sacre has been putting up unspectacular numbers in three NBA Summer League games thus far, his abilities hold true to an old adage. You cannot teach size.
Standing at approximately seven feet and weighing in at 260 pounds, Sacre is a big body who the Los Angeles Lakers desperately need to protect an interior that has been left barren without Dwight Howard.
Sacre is neither a spectacular rebounding presence nor an excellent offensive player. Despite his relative plainness in terms of standout skills, he has shown the ability to be a dependable post defender and decent rebounder.
Blocking and altering shots may not be his strong suit, but he has the ability to defend against a conventional, back-to-the-basket big man while also taking up space in the interior as a big body.
He also has a dependable little jumper from within 12 feet of the basket, giving him a little niche on offense.
Already re-signed to the Lakers, Sacre will have the opportunity to develop his game and continue to improve while playing a couple of minutes per contest.
2. Chris Douglas-Roberts
Starting his career with the New Jersey Nets, Chris Douglas-Roberts showed a lot of promise as an athletic wing capable of guarding multiple positions.
With his performances in the NBA Summer League mitigated by a tweaked ankle, Douglas-Roberts is still young enough at age 26 for the Los Angeles Lakers to expect some upside.
While he doesn't excel at any specific thing, Douglas-Roberts is a versatile scorer and defender who uses his length and athleticism to get things done on the court.
Though he may never end up being a star, Douglas-Roberts could end up finding a niche on the Lakers' roster if he continues to progress and show the same assertiveness he did in the Lakers' win against the Clippers during the Summer League.
3. Marcus Landry
Perhaps the most impressive player on the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Summer League roster is Marcus Landry.
Although Landry is nowhere near as talented as his brother, Carl Landry, he possesses the same work ethic, and it shows in his hustle on the court.
Averaging close to 15 points and four rebounds in the Lakers' three offseason games, Landry has shown heart and persistence despite shooting poorly from the three-point range.
Like most prospects, Landry doesn't have a lot of standout skills. However, his motor and his production should garner plenty of consideration from the Lakers, who are in need of young bodies to use as substitutes.
4. Lester Hudson
Lester Hudson is the most consistent shooter and scorer for the Los Angeles Lakers' NBA Summer League squad.
Making eight out of his 15 shots from three-point land, Hudson shows that he could be a perfect fit for Mike D'Antoni's system.
Hudson has also shown decent rebounding skills for a guard and has registered a steal in each of his three preseason games.
With a nose for the ball and the ability to shoot the basketball, Hudson would be a decent fit for a Lakers roster in need of youth, shooters and healthy bodies.
5. Lazar Hayward
Lazar Hayward has been a little inconsistent during the NBA Summer League.
Despite his inconsistencies, there is no doubt that Hayward knows to worm his way into the paint and draw the foul.
While the rest of his game is unproven and untested, his ability to draw fouls is a useful skill to have in terms of differentiating himself from the rest of the pack.
Although he has stepped up to the line a couple of times and appears to be proficient at getting there, this does not guarantee that it will transfer to the next level.
If the Los Angeles Lakers truly are interested in giving Lazar Hayward a chance, his primary role would be to run the floor and play mostly garbage minutes as an expendable component of the roster.
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