Free-agent profile: Ben Uzoh
This is the 41st post in a series of free-agent profiles that analyzes players and how they might fit in with the Lakers.
New Jersey Nets guard Ben Uzoh
Type of free agent: unrestricted
Positives: One of the things that limited him in his rookie season with the Nets was his transition to new positions. He played shooting guard at Tulsa, where he ranks in the school's all-time top 10 in points, assists, steals, rebounds and blocks. But he played at point guard for New Jersey, averaging 3.8 points in 10.4 minutes.
It's presumptuous to think his shooting guard skills would directly translate to the NBA, but there's very little risk in adding a young and cheap player. If things don't work out, they can always let him go. Reports indicate he accepted his demotion to the Development League with professionalism, so it's clear he's eager to learn.
Negatives: If Uzoh can't crack the regular rotation with New Jersey, what makes anyone think he can with the Lakers? The Lakers clearly need good outside shooters, and they can't afford to pursue a player who has no definitive resume.
Verdict: Because of his age, potential and cheap price tag, the Lakers should pick him up and then send him down to the Development League.
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Photo: New Jersey Nets guard Ben Uzoh lacks experience. Credit: Associated Press