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Lakers News: Ryan Kelly’s Future With The Lakers Uncertain Reviewed by Momizat on . There are currently 16 players on the Lakers roster, and the Lakers have until October 28th, 5 p.m. EST, to trim their roster down to a maximum of 15 players. R There are currently 16 players on the Lakers roster, and the Lakers have until October 28th, 5 p.m. EST, to trim their roster down to a maximum of 15 players. R Rating:
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Lakers News: Ryan Kelly’s Future With The Lakers Uncertain

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There are currently 16 players on the Lakers roster, and the Lakers have until October 28th, 5 p.m. EST, to trim their roster down to a maximum of 15 players. Ryan Kelly, the Lakers second-round (and only) draft pick this year is one of the Lakers non-guaranteed players who’s looking to solidify a spot. Unfortunately for Kelly, he’s been a few steps behind while recovering from his foot surgery.

Kelly was cleared by athletic trainer Gary Vitti while in China and made his first preseason game debut against the Golden State Warriors, knocking down two three-pointers, one of which was his first shot attempt. In his second game, Kelly knocked down two field goals but missed all three attempts from behind the arc. Does he think it was enough to show the Lakers that he deserves a spot on this roster?

“I believe I’ve shown myself enough and I will continue to show that I’ve earned a spot on this team,” Kelly told reporters at the Lakers practice facility on Monday. “But, to be honest with you, I can’t worry about it at this point. I’m in a situation where I was a little bit behind but that doesn’t matter. I have to prove what I can do, everyday.”

So what are the odds that Kelly will make the team? Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni says that at this point he really does not know. He’s also uncertain how many players will be on the final Lakers roster. Yesterday, though, D’Antoni did not seem too impressed with the rookie’s performance in China.

“I don’t think he played really well in China,” D’Antoni said on Lakers.com. “He had a great couple of practices. He hasn’t played in six to eight months. I thought he was all over the place. But that’s normal. He’ll keep working at it. He’s good. It looks like he knows how to play.”

Kelly said on Wednesday that he feels D’Antoni’s system is perfect for his style of play, but he also understands that he has to prove himself each day, even if he were to make the team. Kelly definitely perked Kobe Bryant’s eyes in China last Tuesday when his first shot attempt was a perfect three-pointer. Kelly said Bryant joked with him after the play.

“Kobe said to me, ‘Wow you just fired up a three on your first shot huh? I think I would of tried to take it to the basket.’ I said, ‘Hey, that’s what they brought me here to do!”

Kelly is known for his three-point shooting and it’s refreshing to see a rookie with so much confidence, but even if Kelly does make the squad, it’s likely he’ll have an extremely limited role off the bench.

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  • LakersHeatBeef

    This is a tough cut if he get waived.I can see Pop bringing Ryan Kelly in to play some stretch four since Matt Bonner is getting older and they can develop Ryan Kelly to be a good system player.A few people like Marcus Landry and Elias Harris,i personally just hope they make the right choices on cut day.

    • nlruizjr

      LANDRY IS THE BETTER ALL AROUND PLAYER, PERIOD !!!!!!
      I was not impressed with Kelly offensively or defensively, plus he doesn’t even know where he is supposed to be, and caused 2 turnovers one after the other and the red flag is still up about him being injury prone, the Lakers definitely do not need another injury prone player. at this point in time Landry has more upside, if possible bring Kelly back next season when the Lakers will be cleaning house more or less.

      • Kelly Fan

        Injury “prone”…. is definately not correct. Foot was never healed completely before he got back on the court at Duke, was rushed back due to need. Had he taken the time to heal originally he would be a 100% and we would not be talking about his foot anymore.

  • Daryl Peek

    Considering Kelly has not played basketball in 6 months, he looked much better than Landry. The next two games will be interesting as far as players evaluations goes. One thing that’s really bothering me is MDA’s insistence on making Wesley Johnson a stretch 4? The kid is too small for that! Johnson is a Kawhi Leonard type.

    • Jim213

      DP, 14! is in the air. Like spoken about this yesterday doubt Landry will make final cut. R Kelly should get a shot which includes being given enough time to fully recover. D league for now and bringing him back later after a trade takes place before deadline.

      • Daryl Peek

        15 is looming! Age and injury is the overriding factor. There’s even rumor of trading for another PG due to Nash’s limited plight.

        • Jim213

          The coach has recently mentioned that he intends to up the pace somewhat which is likely due to the new acquisitions but they’ll need solid shooters along with dirty work minded players (Hill, Harris).

          Given that the drama queen has left the building the team will have to place more emphasis on grabbing them rebounds on both sides of the court. Although, it likely that J Hill will come off the bench given Gasol and Kaman will likely be in the starting 5.

  • Marty Susman

    He is young, he has a great shot & he has heart & add that to his cheap price tag & upside as a younger Gasol type he needs to get a shot…

    • Paytc

      I have not seen Kelly play any NBA preseason games so it’s hard for me to comment.
      But I will say you are making me excited to see him play. Hopefully I get to evaluate him soon because I love to determine player ability for myself. If he is what you are commenting on him to be, he will find a spot on the team.

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