Lakers Assign Rookie Devin Ebanks to NBA D-League
Ebanks' assignment marks the 22nd time an NBA player has been assigned to the D-League this season -- just 10 shy of the record 32 assignments in the 2008-09 season.
Ebanks, a 6-foot-9 forward, has appeared in 12 games this season for the Lakers, averaging 2.9 points and 1.5 rebounds in just over six minutes of action. During the Vegas Summer League, Ebanks was second on the Lakers in scoring by averaging 15.0 points in five games.
With the Jam, Ebanks will get a chance to put his athleticism to good use after being buried all season behind Ron Artest, Matt Barnes and Luke Walton on Phil Jackson's depth chart. Ebanks joins a roster that already features some of the most exciting players in transition, namely Jeremy Wise and Trey Johnson, as well as rookie Marqus Blakely. Johnson leads the league in scoring with 26.7 points, Wise is 10th in assists and Blakely made headlines last season as a senior at Vermont when he won the NCAA's slam dunk contest.
There should be some instant chemistry when between Ebanks and some of his Jam teammates, as well. Both Johnson and center Drew Naymick played for the Lakers this preseason before being released. Naymick is currently averaging 5.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game off the bench for Bakersfield.
This is the first assignment for the Lakers since the 2008-09 season when they assigned rookie Sun Yue twice. After not having any use for the D-League last season, the Lakers ceased operations of the D-Fenders, who played their home games prior to Lakers games at the Staples Center.