Lakers.com heads to Las Vegas on Monday to check out the latest summer league squad in person, but until then, here’s a quick look at the players we’ll be watching:
6-9, 210-pound forward; West Virginia, 2010 43rd draft pick
- Ebanks was named to the All-Big East Third Team as a sophomore after making the Big East All-Rookie and All-Tournament teams as a freshman. He developed a reputation as a defensive stopper on the wing, and played some of his best basketball in the NCAA Tournament while helping West Virginia to the Final Four. Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak said he could foresee Ebanks playing a backup forward role. To read more, CLICK HERE.
6-9, 275-pound center/forward; Texas El Paso, 2010 58th draft pick
- Caracter was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team after averaging 14 points and eight rebounds as a junior, and ranked 16th in the country in field goal percentage (56.7 percent). For the BasketBlog report on draft night, click here.
6-8, 200-pound guard/forward; Gulf Shores Academy (Texas), 18th pick of the 2005 Draft, five year pro
- Green won the 2007 Dunk Contest with a ridiculous display of athleticism, and has a soft jump shot, but was never able to stick with a team during a five-year run that included stints in Boston, Minnesota, Houston and Dallas. He’s certainly going to be fun to watch at summer league as he tries to earn another roster spot in the league.
6-5, 199-pound guard; Maryland, third year pro
- The son of baseball player Darryl Strawberry was taken by Phoenix with the 57th pick of the 2007 Draft, and sent down to the D-League to play with the Albuquerque Thunderbirds. He’s since been a basketball nomad, with stints in Houston, Italy and Reno (D-League), after a solid career a new Laker Steve Blake’s alma mater.
6-9, 230-pound forward; Notre Dame, second year pro
- Kurz spent his first year in the NBA with Golden State, appearing in 40 games during L.A.’s title-winning 2008-09, and posting decent numbers when he received minutes. In fact, both times he played at least 30 minutes, he scored at least 20 points. Kurz was very good in the D-League, averaging nearly 18 points with 10 boards per game as a Fort Wayne Mad Ant, though he saw no NBA action with Cleveland or Chicago.
6-9, 237-pound forward; NC State, rookie
- Outlook: McCauley was solid for L.A.’s 2009 summer league squad, putting up nearly 12 points and eight rebounds per game, though he has yet to appear on an NBA court. The alum of Josh Powell’s school played his ball in France last year.
6-2, 170-pound guard; Pennsylvania, rookie
Outlook: Jaaber wasn’t drafted after amassing consecutive Ivy League player of the year honors in 2007 and 2008. He competed for the Piston’s summer league squad, and has had stints abroad in Italy, Belgium and Greece, plus a cool name.
6-4, 193-pound guard; Cal State Fullerton, first year pro
- You may know Robinson from down the road at Cal State Fullerton, or from L.A.’s D-Fenders last season. The Lakers summer league coaches certainly know his game.
6-11, 235-pound center; Michigan State, second year pro
- Naymick wasn’t drafted after finishing his Spartan career as the school’s all-time leading shot blocker (134), and spent time playing in both Spain and Poland last season. At State, he was also a recipient of MSU’s Unsung Player Award and tri-recipient of the Scholar-Athlete Award.
6-10, 270-pound center; Guilford College (North Carolina), rookie
- The big center tore up Division III last seaon, averaging nearly 20 points with 14 rebounds and two blocks per game, en route to D3 player of the year honors. We’ll see what he can do against some better competition.
6-11, 245-pound center; Michigan, third year pro
Outlook: Sims averaged around 10 points and five boards in a four-year career at Michigan but was not drafted. He spent some time in the NBA with Indiana (where he signed as an undrafted free agent), New York and Phoenix not to mention several D-League teams.