"I'm thankful for the opportunity and I'm just taking it one day at a time."-Derrick Caracter
"I feel great getting a chance to play for the world champs and coming in as a rookie hopefully I can learn from the veterans and work into the systems."-Devin Ebanks
These two players appear humbled by their opportunity with the Lakers' Organization.
After their performance they proved they belong on the 2010-2011 Laker Roster. Derrick Caracter dropped 20 (PTS), 10 (REBS), and had 2 (BLKS) and Devin Ebanks had 21 (PTS) while going an impressive 9-16 from the floor in a loss to the Detroit Pistons.
Though the Lakers lost, the Ebanks and Caracter won in the bigger picture, they grabbed the audiences attention and their performance will not be over looked.
This kind of performance was the ticket for both Ebanks and Caracter into an organization such as the Lakers, who were looking for a couple of guys to fill in the remaining spots on the team.
After watching these two players play, I could see that Ebanks didn't disapoint when people compared him to former Laker, Trevor Ariza. Ebanks could shoot from anywhere on the floor and he is athletic enough to create his own shot and finish at the bucket. Caracter on the other hand uses his big body frame to power his way into the hoop and his surprisingly good foot work allows him to be quick and powerful at the same time, he plays exactly like Celtics big man Glen Davis.
This is great news for the Lakers considering they will need a good bench as always to be successful in next years season. With the newly built Miami Heat team, the Lakers will need all the help they can get from role players such as Caracter and Ebanks. Because Morrison and Dj Dbenga are most likely done with the Lakers, there are two spots available for Ebanks and Caracter and it looks like they are taking full advantage of that.
Now lets look ahead a bit and see how both of these players may be a good fit for the Lakers next season.
Devin Ebanks out of West Virginia is the most promising of the two. He has been compared to Trevor Ariza countless times. Ebanks can provide solid defense and an athletic ability that no one can take away. With Artest and Kobe, this Laker team could be one o the best defensive teams the Lakers' Organization has seen in awhile. Probably the key for Ebanks is his consistency on his outside shot and what he can bring on the defensive end of the floor, if he can provide these two things day in and day out, he could help the Lakers tremendously next season.
Moving onto Caracter. He is built like another "Baby Shaq." Caracter has good footwork and appears to be agile on the floor considering how big he is. Many people have questioned his weight problem, including myself but in a previous interview, Caracter proves to be working on this on going problem. At UTEP he said that he was hitting the three hundred mark. At the interview Caracter told reporters that he was 277 lbs and he currently wants to play at 270 lbs to give his body a break from the weight it has been holding all these years. Caracter has shown signs of great potential and he can obviously help merely with his size and strength down low. As long as Caracter continues to work hard, his whole career is set out for him.
All in all the Lakers received two potential steals in the draft and it appears that these two players may be the Lakers' secret weapon in three peating next year.