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Projected stats: 7 MPG, 4 PPG, 1.5 RPG, 0.5 APG
Xavier Henry is possibly the most interesting bench player on the Lakers. He has been an average bench guy at best during his career, but he has looked somewhat different with the Purple and Gold.
Henry has been very aggressive during the preseason in looking for his own shot and is also connecting with great regularity on his three-pointers when compared to his career numbers. It’s tricky because the improved long-distance stroke might simply be a mirage as opposed to a new development.
Mind you, if Henry keeps asserting himself and making it rain from downtown, he will climb these rankings and overtake the spot of established rotation players.
Projected stats: 3 MPG, 1.5 PPG, 0.8 RPG, 0 APG
Ryan Kelly is an intriguing prospect because at 6’11’’, he can step out on the perimeter and make shots from downtown. He converted 42.2 percent of his three-pointers in his final college season with the Duke Blue Devils and given his shooting proficiency, the coaching staff might opt to use him on a few rare occasions at the end of quarters to space the floor.
Kelly has been dealing with some issues because of foot surgery and thus his health might stand in the way of him making any meaningful contribution should he make the team.
Projected stats: 0.5 MPG, 0 PPG, 0 RPG, 0 APG
Elias Harris is not a particularly good ball-handler or shooter which is problematic for someone hoping to play for Mike D’Antoni. His shortcomings on these fronts make it unlikely for Harris to make the opening-night roster.