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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Excited To See Ryan Kelly’s Improvement Reviewed by Momizat on . Ryan Kelly has earned a spot in the Lakers' rotation, and the rookie is beginning the gain the trust of the coaching staff. The former Duke Blue Devil did not s Ryan Kelly has earned a spot in the Lakers' rotation, and the rookie is beginning the gain the trust of the coaching staff. The former Duke Blue Devil did not s Rating: 0
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Lakers News: Mike D’Antoni Excited To See Ryan Kelly’s Improvement

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092013-NBA-Lakers-Ryan-Kelly-DG-PI_2013092022480350_660_320Ryan Kelly has earned a spot in the Lakers’ rotation, and the rookie is beginning the gain the trust of the coaching staff.

The former Duke Blue Devil did not see a lot of playing time in the early stages of his Lakers career, but with all the injuries to the roster his number has been called multiple times. Kelly played a career-high 17 minutes in the Lakers’ Christmas Day game against the Heat and managed to score two points and grabbed a rebound.

However, what is most impressive about Kelly does not show up on the box score. For a rookie, Kelly has a great understanding of the game and plays efficiently on both ends of the court. Coach Mike D’Antoni spoke to the Los Angeles Times and talked about his impressive first-year player.

“He knows how to play, defensively and offensively,” said Coach Mike D’Antoni after practice on Thursday. “Defensively he’s the first one to get to the right spot. I think that going forward, he can keep earning more time. I’m pretty excited about him.”

Kelly still has a lot to learn and as what every rookie, he needs to be more consistent with his play. Nevertheless, the 48th overall pick of the 2013 NBA Draft has a bright future with the Lakers if he continues his rate of improvement.

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  • NICK THE QUICK

    lol what defense! MDA must have missed Lebron’s eyes getting as wide as his hairline when he saw that Kelly was gonna guard him. The thing about MDA is that he is so hooked on the idea of a stretch 4 that when he has a guy like Williams or Kelly that is all about the long ball, that when they miss, it causes a long rebound for guards and guys like Lebron to just run up the floor for an easy hoop or dunk.

    • kobe24

      You have a valid point, however I think Ryan Kelly still has a lot to develop and potential, after-all he was defending the “best player” in the league.

      I still believe Ryan Kelly would’ve been a late (25~30) first round pick if it wasn’t for his foot injury in the past that have kept him sideline. I think as he continues to play his defense will get there and he may never be a great rim protector but I can see him become a guy like Kevin Love (of course no where near as good as him)

    • hookedonnews

      LeBron is going to score on whoever is guarding him if he wants to. This comment has nothing to do with Kelly. It’s about D’Antoni’s system. The Lakers played the Heat about as well as anyone has this season who hasn’t beaten them. The Heat take their share of 3 point shots too. The key is to make them, and if you don’t, get back down the court and defend. The Heat run the floor on every team they play, but they didn’t run over the Lakers. They made a good effort and were in the game right to the end.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Kelly has a lot to prove,i have not liked his defense.He is another Pete Chilcutt.

  • Marty Susman

    Kelly “could” be Gasol’s replacement & they should allow “all” the kids to platt in order to see who they keep & who they can package to get Greg Monroe from the Pistons.

  • hookedonnews

    Glad to see that Kelly is coming along. The Lakers need to develop younger players for the future. D’Antoni has traditionally been a good judge of talent and has a track record of developing younger players. If he can improve defensively he’ll be a good asset.

  • jeff

    The guys just gotta get the kid more shots, he’s in the corner and gets ignored but he’s got the sweetest shot on the team.

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