Lakers News: Ryan Kelly Believes He ‘Can Fit In Any System’

Lakers News: Ryan Kelly Believes He ‘Can Fit In Any System’


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One of the few bright spots of this trying season was the emergence of rookie Ryan Kelly. A second-round pick of the Lakers, Kelly showed that he has a skillset that can work in the NBA, and earned the trust of his teammates throughout the season.

As a prototypical stretch-4, Kelly was a perfect fit for Mike D’Antoni’s offensive system that valued shooting and floor-spacing. But with D’Antoni gone, some players may not fit with the Lakers the way they did last season.

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Ryan Kelly does not believe that he is one of those players, and according to LA Daily News’ Mark Medina, he believes he can thrive for the Lakers regardless of the system:

I think I can play in multiple styles of offenses. Obviously Coach D’Antoni’s is more spread out and that’s what I’m going to be, more of a stretch four. But I showed the ability to handle the ball and put the ball on the floor. Teams will always need somebody who can shoot. For guys my size, I can fit into any system.

Kelly really developed as the season went on. He obviously isn’t the traditional power forward who can bang in the post night in and night out, but there is no question he could fit on the Lakers.

Shooting is always at a premium in the NBA, but he also showed he can be a solid rebounder and his high basketball IQ really helped him on defense as he understood positioning and consistently drew charges because of it.

Being a skilled, shooting big man who can be retained relatively cheaply, Kelly is likely to return to the team next season. If he continues to develop at the rate he did last season, he can be a contributor as well.
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  • Andy L

    Well, what else would hamster face say? “Noooo, I don’t think I’ll be able to play any other type of offense. Where do you want me to sign?” Actually, I should give the kid a break. He did damn good for a 2nd rounder. But is that what we want with our Lakers?

    • Chrmngblly

      Yeah. Actually it is what we want and need. God forbid we try wheeling Carlos Boozer out there or one of these average schlobos like Monroe or Davis that we have to overpay for. Leave Kelly alone.

      I hope we run a similar system as last year or at least certain elements of it. I am not in favor of a blast to the past where we get a bunch of big guys and try to beat everyone else up every night. If we get a defensive coach, we will be fine.

      Most of all, we need to settle our center situation. I would love to have Pau but Tyson Chandler would suit me, too. As I have said before, a trade with NY could be made.

    • independentbynature

      Lakers will need some low priced role players.That’s where he might fit in.

    • Al Haldie

      You must know a lot about HAMSTERS , but not about a rock that came to the lakers and worked his butt off and was playing a well rounded GAME ,. for his first yr- I don’t think he needs you to give him a break – he earned it ..its easy to call people names and make fun of them when your not face to face……

      • Andy L

        Yeah that makes sense… Just because I happen to find the looks of the kid resembling a rodent MUST mean I can teach about hamsters at a college level. I DID mention he did damn good for a 2nd rounder. I still find it regretable the Lakers have to rely on such unpolished talent. I’d rather see some D and leadership than a thousand pump fakes…

    • LegendInMyMind

      Always need shooters off the bench.

  • Jim213

    Defensive minded players first, as wouldn’t consider bringing him back. Plenty of players out there (for cheap too) with an all around game.

    • independentbynature

      I agree,but most teams do at least want a stretch four on the end of the bench.In his case,the very end.LOL.

      • Jim213

        I’d sign Earl Clark (vet salary) with a second year team option. Good example with relations to things not being greener on the other side. Although, IMO he left the Lakers for more pay.

        • independentbynature

          I’m still not sold on Clark.I agree with your first comment.Defense first.Especially for the bigs.

          • Jim213

            Better at the 4 for backup as the 1, 4, and 5 starting positions hopefully get addressed this off season.

          • independentbynature

            Yeah,it’s a long shopping list and some of it will come from the 99 Cent store.

          • molly

            resign Andrew Bynum also

          • Al Haldie

            That is a JOKE – RIGHT….ha ha ha

          • Rdnk_laker

            Bynum?!?!? Really?!?!? Send him and his immature, over inflated ego to the d-league for $100k a year. He needs discipline before he’s allowed in a lineup again.

  • Nashir Mohammed

    we should keep kelly and marshall for cheap. that being said, we need to have good starters so these guys don’t get much minutes as they had this season. remember the championship days when luke walton and some nameless guys were on the team? exactly the team was all about the starting 5 (odom and a little farmar, brown and vujacic). they’ll be great on the bench, but only as a 3rd option.

  • $20509373

    Nothing wrong with a little shooting coming off the bench. If he can learn to play bigger on defense he’d be a great asset.

    • Al Haldie

      Lets hope we get a coach that says NO D-FENCE NO PLAY- then we will have some D.

  • Sylvia Ross

    Well, I wouldn’t call run and shoot a system ,so for his sake I hope he’s right. I thought he did a decent job and I really did see improvement before the end of the season. I wish him well

  • KingEmperor

    what the fuck i dont want him to be back on the lakers..

    • PlayerHaters

      LOL i wouldnt want him back either but how many options do the Lakers really have?? Lakers arent gonna pay him much either and he knows that

  • KingEmperor

    I pick Tyrus Thomas over Kelly..

  • Lakers4Life

    Bye Kelly, wish you the best of luck in a team anywhere but the Lakers.

    • PlayerHaters

      Tbh i dont think any other team as of right now would pick him up. Lakers are possibly the only team that would take him and thats because they aint got many options. So its pretty much the Lakers or back to the DLeague for Kelly

  • They call me Pringles

    Although I like Kelly’s shooting ability, he needs to work on his defense, rebounding, post up and driving the paint He just can’t stand around the three point line and wait for passes for the rest of his career. Don’t want to end up like Travis Knight!

    • Al Haldie

      Did you really watch any lakers games, if you did you would not say that- he played good for his first yr . you have to have players that grow in the system and fits in with the team, he did that..

      • They call me Pringles

        I didn’t say he didn’t play well. I said he has to work on his other game you know, defense and rebounding – which everyone knows does not exist in D’antoni’s system? Would you rather have Kelly take it easy this offseason and not work on other aspects of the game of basketball and just come next year doing what he did last season – which is stand on the three point line and pump fake and step for a jumper? When was the last game you seen him box people out for an offensive rebound?

  • Kb24

    EXUM(trade),farmar,nash,KB24,YOUNG,xavier,DENG,tucker,baze,GASOL,EMBD, Blatche,booz,sac. Thats all we need 13-14 man roster,if not boozer its kaman or mcroberts(2nd asst to TO ratio) farmar,xavier,baze for vets blatche for MLE brand 1.35-1.55 young 22-24m/4yr. Deng30/4yr tucker 5mil/2yrs gasol 16/2yr. Player option 2nd yr. coach K.OLLIE if not,then B.SCOTT DFISH,DEF.COACH RAMBIS hollins would go to detroit and he is not on the lakers radar same as kerr to nyk…….nyk get the rights to parker for shump,tim jr, 2018 1st rd. pick,raptors will get wiggins for ross and 3 1st round picks we will draft embiid and trade our 2019 and 2021 1st rd. pick for exum phx will get vonleh for its own pick,minny pick and ind pick