Earlier today, the Lakers made a bottom of the roster move concerning a couple of their young players. Per Mike Trudell of Lakers.com:
Lakers rookies Elias Harris and Ryan Kelly were assigned to the @DFenders today. This is no surprise.
— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) November 14, 2013
The move will benefit the two young players, as neither has seen significant playing time for the Lakers. Kelly and Harris will both play significant minutes for the D-Fenders, which should help them develop as players. While it’s surely fun to hangout with the likes of Kobe and Pau Gasol and suit up to play in Staples Center, playing only garbage time minutes (if they’re lucky — Kelly and Harris have combined to play a grand total of 9 minutes) won’t help a young player improve.
Kelly, a Duke graduate who was drafted by the Lakers in the second round as the 48th overall pick, has an incredible-yet unsustainable- eFG% of 100%, as his only shot attempts this year have been 3 point attempts, and he’s 2 of 3 from distance. Not to be pessimistic, but if Kelly never sees the floor in an NBA game every again (unlikely), he can retire as one of the most efficient shooters in NBA history.
Harris was signed out of Gonzaga as an undrafted free agent and has missed his only shot attempt this season.