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Lakers rookies Devin Ebanks and Derrick Caracter passed the first test, convincing the team front office during summer league that they were worth more than a 43rd and 58th overall pick. But as Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak reminded reporters a few weeks ago, you have to take it for what it’s worth.
“I think they played better than what their draft position indicated,” Kupchak said of Ebanks’ and Caracter’s play in summer league. Ebanks averaged 15 points and 3.6 rebounds, while Caracter posted three double-doubles in his first three games and averaged 15.4 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks. “But once again, with summer league, most of those guys are not going to be in the NBA. They’ll be playing perhaps in training camps, some of them will be in the D-League and a lot of them will go to Europe. You’re evaluating potential NBA players against players that won’t be in the NBA. You got to keep that mind. Just because you played well in summer league doesn’t mean you’re going to make it at the NBA level. But if you can’t play well in summer league, that’s an indication you can’t play at the NBA level. That much we know. So we try to get the kids to come to camp and evaluate them there.”
Read more of Kupchak’s assessment in the Los Angeles Times here.