Last week, Lakers second round picks Derrick Caracter and Devin Ebanks ranked first and third, respectively, on NBA.com’s Rookie Ladder based on individual performances at the Las Vegas summer league.
While the statistical production of Ebanks waned in L.A.’s final two games, Caracter fell just two spots to No. 3, finishing behind only John Wall and DeMarcus Cousins, the respective No. 1 and No. 5 overall picks in the 2010 Draft.
Not bad for a player Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak nabbed with the No. 58 selection.
The UTEP prospect closed summer league with averages of 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds (sixth most in league), 1.8 assists and 1.4 blocks on 59.3 percent shooting (second among players averaging at least 13 points).
Ebanks, meanwhile, finished with averages of 15.0 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.4 steals while shooting 45.5 percent from three-point range (5-of-11).
Both players performed more than well enough to produce some optimism heading into training camp, as summer league head coach Chuck Person said that both were “NBA players.”
Caracter and Ebanks will get their chance against some of the world’s best come October, when they’ll take the court with Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum and the rest of the Lakers.