Lakers to Recall Devin Ebanks; Jam Replace Him With Derrick Byars
Ebanks, a 6-foot-9 rookie out of West Virginia, played five games in the D-League with averages of 14.6 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals while hitting 50 percent of his attempts from the field. Ebanks didn't start during his time with the Jam, but he provided a great spark off of the bench and helped the team to a 4-1 record while he was in the lineup.
In Ebanks' best game in Bakersfield, a 133-130 overtime win against the top-ranked Iowa Energy, the long wingman scored 25 points on 10-of-16 shooting and added six rebounds -- though he did turn the ball over five times in his 31 minutes of playing time.
With Ebanks returning to the D-League, the Jam have re-acquired Derrick Byars. Byars, a 6-foot-7 swingman, averaged 17.9 points and 4.9 rebounds with Bakersfield during the 2008-09 season on his way to being named to the All-D-League second team.
Byars, an excellent shooter, appeared on the Chicago Bulls roster for the Vegas Summer League as well earning a stint with them during last year's training camp. He began this season in Greece with Panellinios Athens by posting averages of 15.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in six games, though his posted just a 1-5 record while Byars was in the lineup.
Bakersfield will again play the Iowa Energy at home Saturday before heading to South Padre Island, Texas to play in the D-League Showcase next week.