The Lakers’ roster for summer league is starting to come together nicely with news of commitments from undrafted rookies Robert Upshaw, the big man from Washington,
and Arizona’s Brandon Ashley.
Upshaw is a physical speciman at 7 feet tall and 260 lbs. Upshaw measured the biggest wingspan and standing reach at the NBA Combine in Chicago, measuring 7’5.5 and 9.5 respectively. Only averaging 24.9 minutes per game at Washington last season, Upshaw was impressive as a rim protector, averaging 4.5 blocks per game which equates to 7.2 on a per 40 minutes basis.
Based on physical tools and talent alone Upshaw is a sure bet 1st round pick, but his much publicized off the court issues, which led to being kicked off both Fresno State and Washington in his only 2 years in college, is what caused him to drop out of the draft altogether.
Brandon Ashley played 3 years at Arizona where he averaged 12.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and shot 51.4 percent in this final season.
Update: Brandon Ashley has changed course and agreed to play with the Atlanta Hawks summer league squad.
and Ashley will join the three players the Lakers took in the draft, Larry Nance Jr., Anthony Brown and 2nd overall pick, D’Angelo Russell.
Second year men Jordan Clarkson, Jabari Brown and Tarik Black are expected to join the rookies in Las Vegas. Julius Randle has been cleared for 5 on 5 drills and might get the go-ahead to participate in live action by the time the Summer League starts but nothing has been set in stone from the Lakers brass.
Lakers.com recently posted an update to the roster and a few more names were added:
The Las Vegas Summer League starts on July 10 and ends on July 20. Teams will compete in three preliminary round games from July 10 through July 14 before being seeded in a tournament that follows. The Lakers preliminary schedule is as follows:
Lakers Summer League Schedule:
7/10 vs. Wolves – 5:30pm PT
7/11 vs. 76ers – 5:30pm PT
7/13 vs. Knicks – 5:30pm PT
If Randle can play he will form a formidable front line with Upshaw to go with a dynamic back court of Russell and Clarkson. This year’s summer league squad will definitely be worth the price of admission, which is incredibly affordable by the way.