Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Lakers signed forward Marcus Landry.
If Landry’s name sounds familiar, it’s because his older brother Carl Landry is also in the NBA and plays for the Sacramento Kings.
Although Marcus is the less popular Landry brother, it’s not his first time playing in the NBA. He has played for the New York Knicks and several D-League teams. In 2011-2012, Marcus played overseas in Puerto Rico, Spain, China and Venezuela. His latest basketball stint was with the D-League team, the Reno Bighorns.
Most recently, Landry was on the Lakers’ summer league team and averaged 15.2 points and 4.2 rebounds per game.
During his time with the Bighorns, Landry had his best season yet; he averaged 16.9 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game. Will he be able to put up numbers like that with the Lakers?
Probably not. In fact, absolutely not! Landry most likely will not see enough playing time to put up numbers like he did with the Bighorns, but he can still contribute off the bench, assuming he makes the Lakers’ final roster.
Landry’s signing isn’t too shocking considering he stood out during summer league and he played for Coach D’Antoni with the Knicks during the 2009-2010 season. Landry is the 15th player on the Lakers’ roster, the maximum allowed per team during the regular season. If Landry makes the team, he will make $788,873 for the season. Nevertheless, Landry’s contract isn’t guaranteed. He needs to compete with others who are trying to make the Lakers’ final 12-man active roster, including Shawne Williams, Elias Harris and Xavier Henry.
Now for a moment, let’s pretend that Marcus Landry actually makes the 12-man roster. How will he contribute to the Lakers?
Chances are, Landry, who is 6-foot-7, will play the small forward position and be third in the depth chart behind Nick Young and Wesley Johnson. He will compete for that 3rd spot with Shawne Williams, who was also recently signed by the Lakers.
One advantage for Landry is that he fits D’Antoni’s system of being fast and taking quick shots. D’Antoni loves three-point shooters and Landry does just that. Last year, he was the D-League 3-point shooting champion during the D-League All-Star game. (You can watch the video by clicking the link.)
The Lakers have truly given Landry an opportunity to prove himself and show that he is good enough to play in the NBA. Landry is going to have tough competition going into training camp, but he needs to keep his sights set on making the active 12-man roster.
Carpe Diem Marcus Landry. Carpe Diem. (For those who don’t know, that means “Seize the Day”)
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