The Los Angeles Lakers announced the signing of guard Wayne Ellington on Monday.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) September 22, 2014
The signing of Ellington brings the Lakers’ roster to 14 and is the 6th guard joining Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Jeremy Lin, Jordan Clarkson and Xavier Henry. Nick Young and Wesley Johnson can also play guard but are likely to spend most of their time at the small forward spot. The Lakers also have 2 training camp invites in Keith Appling and Roscoe Smith. The Lakers are likely to add a few more players before training camp begins in 1 week.
Wayne Ellington's contract is partially guaranteed. Lakers will likely have 19 or 20 players for training camp roster
— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) September 22, 2014
Ellington is a 26 year old guard out of North Carolina who is entering his 6th season in the NBA. Ellington has played for 4 teams in his 5 seasons, most recently playing for the Dallas Mavericks last season. Ellington had his best stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2012-13 season where he played for current Lakers coach, Byron Scott. In 38 games for the Cavs, Ellington averaged 10.4 points per game while shooting 37.1 percent from the 3 point line in 25.9 minutes per game. Ellington shot a career high 42.4 percent from the 3 point line last season for the Mavs.
Ellington will add much needed outside shooting to the Lakers roster. Ellington specialty is hitting spot up shots but can also shot modestly when coming off screens. Last season with the Mavs, 38.3 percent* of Ellington shots were in spot up situations where he shot 44.6 percent and a very efficient 1.25 points per possession*. The mass majority of the spot up opportunities were from behind the 3 point line where Ellington capitalized last season, hitting 46.3 percent of his 3s. Ellington’s special skill set will be a much added dimension to a team that is filled with guards that look to drive to the basket more than set their feet and wait for for an open jumper.
Where Ellington struggles is putting the ball on the floor, creating his own shot and getting to the line.
* stats per Synergy Sports