Lakers add former D-League MVP and one other player to Summer League roster

The Los Angeles Lakers added two former D-League players to their Summer League roster on Thursday. Former Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Vander Blue and Windy City Bulls center Alec Brown will make the jump and join the rest of the young Lakers team in Las Vegas, Nev., per Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report.

Blue led the D-Fenders in scoring last season, with 24.8 points per game, and was named D-League Most Valuable Player for the 2016-2017 season. The fourth-year veteran has played primarily in the development league but did make a small stint with the Lakers in 2015, averaging 11.0 points and dishing 4.0 assists per game.

Standing at six foot four, Blue should be able to help with ball-handling duties and off-guard responsibilities. The former Marquette product will look to finally crack an NBA roster this season.

The Lakers also added Brown, a 24-year old center by way of Wisconsin – Green Bay to the roster. He averaged 10.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game. The seven foot one big-man also shot over 36 percent from beyond the arc.

Brown’s combination of size and shot making ability should make him an eligible candidate to be a team’s backup stretch five. Adding Brook Lopez, Thomas Bryant and now, Brown, give the Lakers a different big-man dynamic than they had in years before.

The addition of Blue and Brown rounds out the Lakers’ Summer League roster to 10 players.

PG: Lonzo Ball / P.J. Dozier

SG: Josh Hart / David Nwaba / Vander Blue

SF: Brandon Ingram

PF: Kyle Kuzma

C: Ivica Zubac / Thomas Bryant / Alec Brown

Summer League head coach Jud Buechler needs to add a few more players at the forward position to give them some depth. Look for them to add a couple more players from last year’s D-Fenders’ roster or other players that went undrafted.

 

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