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Los Angeles Lakers Sign Second Round Draft Pick Ryan Kelly

September 20th, 2013 at 7:41 PM
By Anousheh Emadi

The Los Angeles Lakers officially announce the signing of rookie forward Ryan Kelly. The 6-foot-11 forward out of Duke University was the 48th overall pick in the 2013 NBA draft

'Ryan Kelly' photo (c) 2010, Bryan Horowitz - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

The former Blue Devil played four seasons at Duke under respectable head coach, Mike Krzyzewski, where he held career averages of 7.5 points and 3.7 rebounds while shooting 46 percent from the field. In his senior year, he had his best year averaging 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds.  

Kelly did not participate for the Lakers' summer league team due to his foot injury. The 22-year-old is recovering from an offseason foot surgery, and he will likely miss the start of training camp

While late second round draft picks usually don't make much of an impact for their squad, Kelly was drafted because of his ability to stretch the floor as a power forward. His excellent three point shooting will be a nice addition to the Lakers.   

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Tags: 2013 NBA draft, Basketball, Duke, Forward, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, power forward, Ryan Kelly., Training Camp

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