Devin Ebanks assigned to D-Fenders
In fewer than two months, Lakers forward Devin Ebanks went from a starter to a D-League player.
The Lakers formally assigned Ebanks Wednesday to the D-Fenders, their Development League affiliate, after averaging only 2.7 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.5 assists in 12.6 minutes through 12 games this season.
Lakers Coach Mike Brown initially envisioned Ebanks in a much different role. After granting him the starting small forward spot over veterans Matt Barnes and Metta World Peace for the first four games, Brown demoted him to the third small forward because of inconsistency involving his shooting, defense and confidence. Still, Brown and Ebanks' teammates alike have raved about his work ethic, athleticism and potential.
That hardly translated, however, into Ebanks' ensuing eight appearances. He logged double-digit minutes in only two of those contests, posting a combined six points on one-of-six shooting. The rest of his appearances only came in garbage time.
Ebanks played with the D-League's Bakersfield Jam last season, averaging 16.5 points, 7.7 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.50 steals in 27.7 minutes through six games. Ebanks' latest assignment marks his first one this season. Under the NBA's new collective bargaining agreement, teams can send a player to the D-League up to three times a season.
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Photo: Blazers guard Jamal Crawford attempts a layup against the defense of Lakers forward Devin Ebanks in the fourth quarter Thursday night in Portland. Credit: Steve Dykes / EPA / January 5, 2012