The NBA season is on its way, and teams must finalize their roster by October 28.
Because the league permits a maximum of 15 players on every team, L.A. will have to make at least one more cut to establish their roster.
Since the Lakers have 11 guaranteed contracts, these five players are fighting for a spot: Shawne Williams, Xavier Henry, Ryan Kelly, Elias Harris and Marcus Landry. Only Williams and Harris have partially guaranteed deals, while the the other three are on non-guaranteed contracts.
In terms of preseason play, Henry has shined. The former Kansas Jayhawk has averaged 13.6 points per game and has shot an excellent 55.6 percent from downtown.
Since entering the league three seasons ago, Henry has struggled to preform well, but it seems the athletic guard is finally set to succeed. After his incredible preseason, the Lakers will not hesitate to guarantee Henry's contract for the remainder of the season.
Williams and coach Mike D'Antoni have a bit of a history together, as he played for the New York Knicks back in the 2010-11 season. The five-year veteran is the most experienced player of the bunch, and can play both forward spots.
His ability to knock down the three ball is ideal in D'Antoni's offense, which makes him a valuable player off the bench. L.A. will certainly extend Williams' contract for this season.
After an impressive showing at the summer league, the Lakers rewarded Harris with a contract. Though he has not played much during preseason, the franchise looks at Harris as a long term project. Harris' versatility and potential alone buys him a spot on the team.
Second round draft pick Ryan Kelly was picked because of his excellent three point shooting as a power forward. Although his foot injury brought up some concerns, Kelly played his first exhibition game in Bejing on Tuesday to prove that he will be healthy for this season. Big men who can shoot like Kelly don't come around that often, which is why the Lakers will award Kelly with a spot on the team.
Journeyman Marcus Landry was brought for his three point shooting, but he has been struggling to find his shot during preseason, only converting on 26 percent of his shots. As a one-dimensional player like Landry, if your shot isn't falling you're in trouble.
Although Landry has a great attitude and potential be on an NBA roster in the near future, his play in the preseason hasn't been very encouraging, which is why the Lakers should cut Landry to finalize their roster in time for the regular season.
You need to satisfy your competitive drive, so why not beat our experts in fantasy football. At FightClub, our official Fantasy Football partner, you can change you team weekly and win cash. Get a free $5 credit when you sign up and try them out. And each week, Sports Media 101 will sweeten the pot and award the player with top points an extra $25. Match-up and show them how good you are. Can you handle FightClub?
Your man cave is your home field advantage for every game. When the game is on the line, you should be able to look around and be reminded of the great moments you've watched unfold in that very room! MJR Sports Integrity offers a wide range or team and player-specific memorabilia that can do just that and take your game day room to the next level. Find your inspiration at MJR Sports Integrity and will your team to victory!
- Power Ranking Every Los Angeles Lakers Player on Roster: Part 1
- Los Angeles Lakers Sign Marcus Landry
- Power Ranking Every Los Angeles Lakers Player on Roster: Part 2
- Steve Nash and Pau Gasol Make Season Debut as Los Angeles Lakers Lose to Denver Nuggets
- Los Angeles Lakers Interested in Free Agent Xavier Henry
Short URL: http://sport-ne.ws/12r3