At 5 p.m. in Sin City on Friday night, the Lakers tip off the 2012 Summer League with a roster including at least three members of next season’s senior squad, set to team with several others looking to impress Mitch Kupchak and Mike Brown.
Christian Eyenga, Darius Morris and Andrew Goudelock already have spots sewn up on the 2012-13 roster, but are each out to show that they deserve a place on the basketball court, and not just the bench, once Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash get to the gym.
Meanwhile, rookie second round picks Darius Johnson-Odom and Robert Sacre are eager to show why Kupchak and his staff drafted them on June 28, while Ater Majok wants to show why he was a Lakers selection late in the second round of the 2011 Draft.
The summer squad will be coached by assistant Chuck Person, who will run Brown’s offense and defense throughout a 5-game schedule, opening with lottery pick Harrison Barnes and the Golden State Warriors.
Lakers.com will be there to cover the contest live, detailing what’s always an extremely competitive series of games, every player trying to show why he should be playing when the real games start.
2012 Lakers Summer League Roster:
Chinemelu Elonu, F/C, 6-10/235, Texas A&M/Pau-Orthez/Nigeria
Christian Eyenga, G/F, 6-5/210, DKV Joventut/Lakers/DRC
Andrew Goudelock, G, 6-3/200, College of Charleston/Lakers/USA
Garrett Green, F, 6-11/240, San Diego St./USA
Eric Griffin, F, 6-8/190, Campbell/USA
Lawrence Hill, F , 6-8/235, Stanford/Maine RC/USA
Darius Johnson-Odom, G, 6-3, Marquette/USA
Julian Khazzouh, C, 6-10/231, Sydney Kings/Australia
Ater Majok, F, 6-10/225, UCONN/Nitra (Slovakia)/Australia
Darius Morris, G, 6-5/195, Michigan/Lakers/USA
Toure’ Murry, G, 6-5/199, Wichita St. /USA
Reeves Nelson, F, 6-8/235, UCLA/Zalgiris (Lithuania)/USA
Robert Sacre, F/C, 7-0/260, Gonzaga/Canada
Greg Somogyi, C, 7-3/242 UC Santa Barbara/Hungary