Manny Harris, who led the NBA D-League in scoring at 30.6 points per game, signed a 10-day contract with the Lakers on Thursday. He is the first D-Fenders player to receive an NBA Call-Up for the team’s own affiliate squad.
Harris was named NBA D-League Performer of the Week in consecutive weeks, the most recent one being awarded when he recorded a franchise-high 49 points at Idaho on Friday, Jan. 10. He followed that game with a 38-point, 10-rebound effort at Idaho the next night. Harris’ strong play helped key an 8-2 stretch in which the D-Fenders have climbed to within one game of first place in the West Division.
In his last game with the D-Fenders on Monday, the Michigan product scored 42 points to lead the team to a 120-107 win over the Maine Red Claws. Over the last three games, he averaged 43.0 points, 8.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals on 60.0 percent field goals and 89.5 percent from the free-throw line.
While with the D-Fenders, Harris showed an ability to get to the rim, as half of his shot attempts (136) have come from within five feet or fewer. He shot 61.1 percent from eight feet and in, according to NBADLeague.com/stats, and led the D-League in free throws made (8.9) and attempted (10.2) per game. Below is a shot chart of Harris’ 13 games while with the D-Fenders, courtesy of NBADLeague.com/stats.
With a slew of injuries in recent weeks, L.A. was down to just nine healthy bodies. The Lakers also received word they’d be without Nick Young for Friday’s game at Boston, suspended one game for throwing a punch at Goran Dragic in Wednesday night’s loss at Phoenix.
HIGHLIGHTS: Harris scores a franchise-record 49 points at Idaho.
HIGHLIGHTS: Harris scores 41 points in his D-Fenders debut vs. Santa Cruz Warriors.
*For more on Harris, check out the NBA D-League site and their breakdown.