Lakers Nation Roundtable: What Is Larry Nance Jr.’s Ceiling?

With the Los Angeles Lakers season getting off to an uninspiring start, there hasn’t been many positives for fans to hang their hat on. One unexpected development has been the play of rookie Larry Nance Jr. since being inserted into the rotation.

In the preseason, Nance didn’t get quite as much attention as his fellow rookies. D’Angelo Russell, as the second overall pick, was always going to have plenty of eyes on him, and even second-rounder Anthony Brown garnered plenty of praise when he stepped into the starting lineup for Kobe Bryant. Nance’s dunk over Festus Ezili was on all of the highlight reels, but he still seemed to be further away from contributing.

That turned out not to be the case as Nance has impressed coaches and fans with his energy on both ends of the floor as well as his basketball IQ, especially on the defensive end. Nance has proven himself to be one of the best Laker players when it comes to off-ball defense and rotations.

Nance has also shown off a much better jumper than anticipated and made all six of his attempts in the Lakers loss to the Orlando Magic. Needless to say, expectations for Larry Nance Jr. have gone up recently.

So we asked our panel of experts what they believe is Larry Nance Jr.’s ceiling. This is what they had to say:

Trevor Lane (@Trevor_Lane): When the Lakers selected Larry Nance Jr. with the 27th overall pick it was a huge surprise. Most assumed that Nance’s name wouldn’t be called until the middle of the second round, if at all. With players like R.J. Hunter, Kevon Looney, and Montrezl Harrell still on the board many Lakers fans (myself included) were dismayed when pick was used to take a senior out of Wyoming instead of a younger player with a higher ceiling.

Well, I’m here to say I was wrong, and Mitch knew what he was doing. Though he has played in just a handful of games so far, LNJ has made his presence felt in ways that don’t show up on the box score. His nimble feet and the on-court tutelage of Metta World Peace have turned him into a capable defender who is getting better and better at making the right reads.

His jumper, while still a work in progress, gives hope that he will eventually provide the type of floor spacing that modern offenses need. And his athleticism…oh boy, can Nance get up. His dunk over Festus Ezeli during the preseason is destined to live on, and it’s only a matter of time before someone else gets posterized.

That said, Nance doesn’t project to be a starter in the NBA. He does a lot of things really well, including hustle, but seems like his best role will ultimately be as the first big off the bench. He is something of a Swiss Army knife, capable of providing a lot of different things on the court, especially on the defensive end. This versatility makes him a great change-of-pace player that can come into a game and quickly make an impact. I think of him as being similar to Orlando’s Aaron Gordon in some ways, just with less upside.

Nance may never be an All-Star, but he can certainly play and will help the team this season as well as in the future. To find a player who can do that with the 27th pick absolutely has to be considered a success.

Ryan Ward (@Lakers_Examiner): Larry Nance Jr. may have a bright future in the NBA. The rookie forward hasn’t gotten on the floor much for head coach Byron Scott, but when he has, the Wyoming product has made an impression on his teammates as well as the fans and coaching staff.

Nance won’t get mentioned in the same breath as some of the big-name rookies in the league and will likely be overshadowed by D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and Jordan Clarkson this season. Despite that fact, Nance could become a solid sixth man for the Lakers.

At this point in time, I don’t see Nance developing into a starter. This may ultimately be his ceiling, but I see him fitting in more as a solid option off the bench for Los Angeles. Nance is already proving to be a valuable asset for Coach Scott and could prove even more resourceful if he continues to get the minutes on the floor.

Right now, an athletic and potentially versatile sixth man is Nance’s ceiling in my opinion.

Corey Hansford (@TheeCoreyH): I was admittedly skeptical when Larry Nance Jr. was drafted, but was aware of his defensive potential. Early on this season he has shown the potential to be far more than just an average rotation player.

Projecting Nance’s potential is tough considering the team already has Julius Randle entrenched as the power forward of the future. That being said, I do see Nance as a first big off the bench type with the ability to become a regular starter if he develops. The key to that will be his jumper.

If Nance can continue his shooting and become a consistent threat from deep, that would drastically improve his ceiling. He has the quickness and knowledge to guard multiple positions and could be a future defensive stopper. If his offensive game becomes respectable enough, a Shawn Marion-like role is feasible.

As it stands now, however, I see him more as a Nick Collison type role player off the bench, though with much more athleticism. A player like that will have a long career in this league, and I see that happening for Nance.

Jabari Davis (@JabariDavisNBA): Admittedly, when the front office made the selection of Nance with the 27th pick, my reaction was similar to that of many others that weren’t necessarily experts on Mountain West basketball.

Not that the athleticism, reported “motor” that never ended and being the son of a former great -Larry Nance Sr.- weren’t intriguing enough reasons to take the 6’8 power forward, but most projections had him going at some point much later in the draft even though he impressed at times at Wyoming.

Although the front office has been somewhat maligned given the team’s futility over the past few seasons, the talent evaluation of young players has been strong. With questions surrounding what an actual role in the NBA might look like, Nance has wasted no time showing precisely what the front office saw in him and why they were comfortable making the pick prior to other teams that may have shared a similar interest.

Julius Randle is clearly the present and future at the power forward position, but that isn’t to say Nance doesn’t still have plenty of room to continue to carve out a significant role with this team. The energy and effort have been as advertised, but Nance is also clearly working at improving his ball-skills and becoming more and more comfortable from the outside.

He’s the type of “disruptor” around the basket on both ends that generally makes positive things happen when in the game. He may not have many opportunities to “start” given the roster composition, but Nance has shown the type of versatility and willingness to improve in all facets of the game that will likely result in him continuing establish himself as a contributor and dependable rotation piece with these Lakers as the young core develops.

i didn’t read the article idc to hear anyones opinion but to me nance should be molded into a sf, still to soon to tell though but he is taking advantage of every minute given to him. overall good find by the front office once again.

    1. yea i was thinking about that but one of them definitely needs to be a sf so that they can both be on the court at the same time. id like to see nance come in next season with a new body, 10-20 pounds lighter would make him a bit faster, he also needs to improve as a shooter but he is hitting the open shot. i think nance might have more sf potential than randle but i wouldn’t mind seeing randle at the 3.

      1. Nance is definitely more the SF than Randle. He is still recovering from ACL so he should be more athletic next year even without losing weight. A great defender who’s versatile and has a jumper is definitely a starter though. I don’t get why they project him as a bench player.

        His ceiling is dependent on how much he improves on the offensive end. Defensively I think he could be a DPOY candidate. So all-star or above average starter.

        1. Why have him come off the bench? Because he could be the perfect leader for the second unit with his energy, basketball IQ and good skill set.

        2. I know…

          Russel / Jennings
          Clarkson / Williams
          Batum / Brown
          Randle / Nance Jr
          Ezeli or Whiteside / Hibbert

          Solid squad, uh?!

        3. I like that. But we still have a chance to grab Ingran or Ben Simmons in the draft! Lets see what will happen

        4. Jennings & Williams backcourt is way undersized. I’d rather trade Lou and have Young stay. Plus, Jennings is all about quickness so what kind of player will he be after his Achilles? Ezeli & Whiteside are not coming imo. It might make more sense to target Bogut in a trade, since GS might be looking to shed cap.

        5. Why target Bogut when you can have a younger, healthier Hibbert back? Plus, the reason why I think we should trade Young is that he is a more valuable commodity than Lou nowadays.

        6. Nance is a tweener: he can play both SF and PF IMO. That’s what makes him valuable. He still needs at least a mid-range jumper tho to keep defenses honest.

        1. 5 year deal, when he will be a UFA, Dlo,JC and Randle will all be in their prime….seems like the LAL will be the “miami(big 3)” in a few seasons(LAL big 4)

    2. To me, whether or not Randle is a SF or PF is up to the next coach and the scheme they design.

      Randle’s still learning how to be an NBA player, and an outside shot.

      1. I agree that Randle should be focused on developing a decent jumpshot. Right now, it’s really ugly to see…

    3. Lakers future small foward.
      Either Anthony Brown or Julius Randle.
      If we do make him our SF then Larry Nance Jr has power foward but anthony brown will be a bench player.
      a plus for 1 and minus for the other.
      but i see Nance making a bigger impact on the game.
      Id quikly move Randle to SF and stick Nance in the starting lineup.
      Unfornately A Brown. will just have to wait his turn.
      He can be another 6th man like Odom was.
      Or how lou will is or nick young is right now.
      Whatever we do it better be long term thinking and in our best interest.
      the fantastic 4 though i dont want to see them gone or traded!
      Dangelo / JC / Randle / Nance
      anyone else is fair game.

    4. Both of them are too slow to be SF. Lakers will get another SF either in the draft or in free agency.

      1. Nance has better lateral quickness than A Brown, and supposedly hasn’t fully recovered from his ACL yet. A big SF is nice to have since it will create a lot of mismatches.

        1. He is fast running the floor, but I don’t think he has the lateral quickness to defend the 3 spot. If he can defend the 3 spot well then it would be a no brainer, but the Lakers need more pieces and the only spots that aren’t taken are SF and C. So we need someone to lead the team at a SF or C not just compete.

        2. The 4 is open for anyone who can shoot and defend. Randle doesn’t have that locked up at all. Nick Young has the 3 nailed down as soon as Kobe moves on. Lot’s of weak links right now. Between Kobe and Randle, nobody can make a corner three to save their lives.

      2. Unless we keep our protected top-three pick, there will be no draft this year. Batum and Green are the only valuable UFAs available next off-season.

    5. Nah, after watching Randle thus far I still think PF is the position he should play. Do you see how he overpowers most of his opponents in the paint?

        1. No doubt LBJ does that but he can at least keep the opposing defender honest because: 1) He has brilliant vision and 2) His jumper is good enough. Not the best, but it’s adequate.

      1. NOT. Who does he overpower? And with no jumper, he doesn’t really belong anywhere on the floor, in my eyes.

        1. Randle is a strong kid and bullies his way into the paint not only w/ his strength but his quickness as well. Once he learns how to control himself and not force himself into the paint, he’s gonna be a problem.

        2. That’s 2 of us that hope for the best, anyway. I just think there are too many guys out there he can’t bully until he gets a 3-ball.

  • i didn’t read the article idc to hear anyones opinion but to me nance should be molded into a sf, still to soon to tell though but he is taking advantage of every minute given to him. overall good find by the front office once again.

      1. yea i was thinking about that but one of them definitely needs to be a sf so that they can both be on the court at the same time. id like to see nance come in next season with a new body, 10-20 pounds lighter would make him a bit faster, he also needs to improve as a shooter but he is hitting the open shot. i think nance might have more sf potential than randle but i wouldn’t mind seeing randle at the 3.

        1. Nance is definitely more the SF than Randle. He is still recovering from ACL so he should be more athletic next year even without losing weight. A great defender who’s versatile and has a jumper is definitely a starter though. I don’t get why they project him as a bench player.

          His ceiling is dependent on how much he improves on the offensive end. Defensively I think he could be a DPOY candidate. So all-star or above average starter.

          1. Why have him come off the bench? Because he could be the perfect leader for the second unit with his energy, basketball IQ and good skill set.

            Imagine next year with:

            Russel / Jennings or Chalmers
            Clarkson / Williams
            Barnes or Batum / Brown
            Randle / Nance Jr
            Drummond or Ezeli or Whiteside / Hibbert

          2. I am aware of it…

            Russel (5M) / Jennings (8M)
            Clarkson (12M) / Williams (7M)
            Batum (12M) / Brown (0.8M)
            Randle (3M) / Nance Jr (1.2M)
            Ezeli (12M) or Whiteside (15M) / Hibbert (12M)

            Payroll: less than 80M until 2018!

            Solid squad, uh?!

          3. I like that. But we still have a chance to grab Ingran or Ben Simmons in the draft! Lets see what will happen

          4. Jennings & Williams backcourt is way undersized. I’d rather trade Lou and have Young stay. Plus, Jennings is all about quickness so what kind of player will he be after his Achilles? Ezeli & Whiteside are not coming imo. It might make more sense to target Bogut in a trade, since GS might be looking to shed cap.

          5. Why target Bogut when you can have a younger, healthier Hibbert back? Plus, the reason why I think we should trade Young is that he is a more valuable commodity than Lou nowadays.

          6. Nance is a tweener: he can play both SF and PF IMO. That’s what makes him valuable. He still needs at least a mid-range jumper tho to keep defenses honest.

          1. 5 year deal, when he will be a UFA, Dlo,JC and Randle will all be in their prime….seems like the LAL will be the “miami(big 3)” in a few seasons(LAL big 4)

      2. To me, whether or not Randle is a SF or PF is up to the next coach and the scheme they design.

        Randle’s still learning how to be an NBA player, and an outside shot.

        1. I agree that Randle should be focused on developing a decent jumpshot. Right now, it’s really ugly to see…

      3. Lakers future small foward.
        Either Anthony Brown or Julius Randle.
        If we do make him our SF then Larry Nance Jr has power foward but anthony brown will be a bench player.
        a plus for 1 and minus for the other.
        but i see Nance making a bigger impact on the game.
        Id quikly move Randle to SF and stick Nance in the starting lineup.
        Unfornately A Brown. will just have to wait his turn.
        He can be another 6th man like Odom was.
        Or how lou will is or nick young is right now.
        Whatever we do it better be long term thinking and in our best interest.
        the fantastic 4 though i dont want to see them gone or traded!
        Dangelo / JC / Randle / Nance
        anyone else is fair game.

      4. Both of them are too slow to be SF. Lakers will get another SF either in the draft or in free agency.

        1. Nance has better lateral quickness than A Brown, and supposedly hasn’t fully recovered from his ACL yet. A big SF is nice to have since it will create a lot of mismatches.

          1. He is fast running the floor, but I don’t think he has the lateral quickness to defend the 3 spot. If he can defend the 3 spot well then it would be a no brainer, but the Lakers need more pieces and the only spots that aren’t taken are SF and C. So we need someone to lead the team at a SF or C not just compete.

          2. The 4 is open for anyone who can shoot and defend. Randle doesn’t have that locked up at all. Nick Young has the 3 nailed down as soon as Kobe moves on. Lot’s of weak links right now. Between Kobe and Randle, nobody can make a corner three to save their lives.

        2. Unless we keep our protected top-three pick, there will be no draft this year. Batum and Green are the only valuable UFAs available next off-season.

      5. Nah, after watching Randle thus far I still think PF is the position he should play. Do you see how he overpowers most of his opponents in the paint?

          1. No doubt LBJ does that but he can at least keep the opposing defender honest because: 1) He has brilliant vision to find the open man and 2) His jumper is good enough. Not the best, but it’s adequate.

        1. NOT. Who does he overpower? And with no jumper, he doesn’t really belong anywhere on the floor, in my eyes.

          1. Randle is a strong kid and bullies his way into the paint not only w/ his strength but his quickness as well. Once he learns how to control himself and not force himself into the paint, he’s gonna be a problem.

          2. That’s 2 of us that hope for the best, anyway. I just think there are too many guys out there he can’t bully until he gets a 3-ball.

  • Nance Jr is a tremendous pick! This is the kind of player we need coming off the bench.

    Kelly, Bass, sorry but no sorry!

        1. They should hold onto Bass until the off-season, imo. His contract expires next season and is enough ($3m) to help finish a deal.

          1. They need to open minutes and Bass is in the way. I’d hate to have him playing backup C all year since he won’t get PF minutes with us.

  • Nance Jr is a tremendous pick! This is the kind of player we need coming off the bench.

    Kelly, Bass, sorry but no sorry!

        1. They should hold onto Bass until the off-season, imo. His contract expires next season and is enough ($3m) to help finish a deal.

          1. They need to open minutes and Bass is in the way. I’d hate to have him playing backup C all year since he won’t get PF minutes with us.

  • Ceiling:
    Could start in a lot of teams…. great 6th man for the lakers. Could get a lot use as a utility guy and match up nightmare.

    And to think, he’s only 85% recovered from his knee injury and seemingly on a minutes restriction ad a result.

  • Ceiling:
    Could start in a lot of teams…. great 6th man for the lakers. Could get a lot use as a utility guy and match up nightmare.

    And to think, he’s only 85% recovered from his knee injury and seemingly on a minutes restriction as a result.

  • Coach Byron has some interesting Options for combos !!

    Not hard to see why Coach Loves Nance – Defense Activity.

    Nance’s willingness to Defend, on Perimeter, down low – Plus Nance can Score

  • Coach Byron has some interesting Options for combos !!

    Not hard to see why Coach Loves Nance – Defense Activity.

    Nance’s willingness to Defend, on Perimeter, down low – Plus Nance can Score

  • Who was the idiot that laughed when I said Nance had a good shooter from the perimeter? He showed in SL and a little bit in preseason and now regular season; it’s still early but he didn’t get a lot of minutes since he got drafted.

  • Who was the idiot that laughed when I said Nance had a good shooter from the perimeter? He showed in SL and a little bit in preseason and now regular season; it’s still early but he didn’t get a lot of minutes since he got drafted.

  • Nance is a huge pick. Our Front Office is great picking in the draft, my goodness. Randle is way more talented than 7 pick in his draft, Clarkson i will not even say.
    Nance looks like a steal right now…

    Because of that i’m not worried about D’angelo or Anthony Brown. Our FO knows talent, thats no question.

    1. To me, Anthony Brown will make for a great SF backup, and occasional starter. Off the bench, he’s got the skills as a defender and sharp shooter to be a very useful rotational player. And, his wing skills can help at either SG or SF.

      A lot of folks want to make draft picks into starters and don’t realize that the team needs to find role players too. Eventually, Brown might become a Trevor Ariza type player, but keep in mind that Trevor is 30, and has 11 years of experience.

      Sure, Brown probably will grow into a starter, but that’s in 5-6 years, until then, he’s just another 6th man utility guy.

      1. 5-6 years? It won’t take that long. Brown should be ready by next yr or the year after to produce.

    2. Randle is undersized with no jumper. Why is that so good? If he doesn’t pay attention, Nance will take his spot. I was always afraid that Randle would have a lot more trouble at the Pro level playing bully-ball compared to college. He needs that corner-3 or no one will respect him.

  • Nance is a huge pick. Our Front Office is great picking in the draft, my goodness. Randle is way more talented than 7 pick in his draft, Clarkson i will not even say.
    Nance looks like a steal right now…

    Because of that i’m not worried about D’angelo or Anthony Brown. Our FO knows talent, thats no question.

    1. To me, Anthony Brown will make for a great SF backup, and occasional starter. Off the bench, he’s got the skills as a defender and sharp shooter to be a very useful rotational player. And, his wing skills can help at either SG or SF.

      A lot of folks want to make draft picks into starters and don’t realize that the team needs to find role players too. Eventually, Brown might become a Trevor Ariza type player, but keep in mind that Trevor is 30, and has 11 years of experience.

      Sure, Brown probably will grow into a starter, but that’s in 5-6 years, until then, he’s just another 6th man utility guy.

      1. 5-6 years? It won’t take that long. Brown should be ready by next yr or the year after to produce.

    2. Randle is undersized with no jumper. Why is that so good? If he doesn’t pay attention, Nance will take his spot. I was always afraid that Randle would have a lot more trouble at the Pro level playing bully-ball compared to college. He needs that corner-3 or no one will respect him.

  • DLo
    Jc
    ?
    Randle
    ?

    bench: Lou,swagP,brown,nance jr,upshaw

    current problem: backup C and backup PG
    future problem: SF and C…..KD and Drummond anyone? haahhah or maybe just keep royH and wait for AD

    1. keep roy hibbert.
      dont expect no big name free agents to come bc they probably wont come.
      keep roy and develop tariq black and robert upshaw.
      trade or waive bob sacre and ryan kelly.
      larry nance jr is another who can be a decent reliable big on this future Laker team.
      Nance, black, hibbert, upshaw thats 4 guys we can keep and depend on each guy to do what has to be done.
      1 of em is busy sittin on the dfenders while bob sacre is holding a roster spot hostage for god knows how long?

    2. The top 3 picks in the upcoming draft are either SF or C…..

      And to me, the team waits for Cousins in more than AD.

    3. Hassan Whiteside at Center, And Simmons at SF unless we lose our pick and by a miracle we land KD
      PG- Russell
      SG-Clarkson, unless his prices is too high at which point ???
      C- Whiteside
      SF- Durant/Simmons–as stated above
      PF- Randle
      2nd unit
      PG- Williams
      SG-Daniels via Houston for Swaggy P
      C- Upshaw/Black
      SF- Brown/Nance
      PF- Nance Jr/Black

  • DLo
    Jc
    ?
    Randle
    ?

    bench: Lou,swagP,brown,nance jr,upshaw

    current problem: backup C and backup PG
    future problem: SF and C…..KD and Drummond anyone? haahhah or maybe just keep royH and wait for AD

    1. keep roy hibbert.
      dont expect no big name free agents to come bc they probably wont come.
      keep roy and develop tariq black and robert upshaw.
      trade or waive bob sacre and ryan kelly.
      larry nance jr is another who can be a decent reliable big on this future Laker team.
      Nance, black, hibbert, upshaw thats 4 guys we can keep and depend on each guy to do what has to be done.
      1 of em is busy sittin on the dfenders while bob sacre is holding a roster spot hostage for god knows how long?

    2. The top 3 picks in the upcoming draft are either SF or C…..

      And to me, the team waits for Cousins in 2018 more than AD.

    3. Hassan Whiteside at Center, And Simmons at SF unless we lose our pick and by a miracle we land KD
      PG- Russell
      SG-Clarkson, unless his prices is too high at which point ???
      C- Whiteside
      SF- Durant/Simmons–as stated above
      PF- Randle
      2nd unit
      PG- Williams
      SG-Daniels via Houston for Swaggy P
      C- Upshaw/Black
      SF- Brown/Nance
      PF- Nance Jr/Black

  • Get him minutes when Randle goes out he comes in!
    Okay we use Bass instead of Nance at PF.
    Thats fine stick Nance at SF.
    Or use bass as center and nance as our a PF.
    anyway we look at it Nance should be in the game he always makes good decisions and is always rebounding and looking to get his hands on the ball.
    not having him in the game can only hurt us more….
    coach scott needs to fix this issue and find him mins at pf or sf even.

      1. i think MWP and larry nance jr should see significant mins tonight against detroit.
        Throw some bigs at andre drummond and see how it goes.
        We have alot to use.
        Hibbert/Black/Randle/Bass/ Nance Jr.
        we could use sacre and kelly to foul him and throw him off too.
        and maybe even put MWP down low on him.
        do whatever needs to be done to get a W.

        1. It’s a SVG team. 4 out, 1 in. Their PF is just a shooter so it will be hard to pack the paint and cover the 3pt line. We’ve got to hope that Hibbert,Bass,Black can play him well 1-1 or that their 3pt shot isn’t failing. Since they played a tough game last night they might be off.

  • Get him minutes when Randle goes out he comes in!
    Okay we use Bass instead of Nance at PF.
    Thats fine stick Nance at SF.
    Or use bass as center and nance as our a PF.
    anyway we look at it Nance should be in the game he always makes good decisions and is always rebounding and looking to get his hands on the ball.
    not having him in the game can only hurt us more….
    coach scott needs to fix this issue and find him mins at pf or sf even.

      1. i think MWP and larry nance jr should see significant mins tonight against detroit.
        Throw some bigs at andre drummond and see how it goes.
        We have alot to use.
        Hibbert/Black/Randle/Bass/ Nance Jr.
        we could use sacre and kelly to foul him and throw him off too.
        and maybe even put MWP down low on him.
        do whatever needs to be done to get a W.

        1. It’s a SVG team. 4 out, 1 in. Their PF is just a shooter so it will be hard to pack the paint and cover the 3pt line. We’ve got to hope that Hibbert,Bass,Black can play him well 1-1 or that their 3pt shot isn’t failing. Since they played a tough game last night they might be off.

  • He will be a nice role player for us down the road, say 5 to 6 years from now because that’s how long it will take to get this team back to a high level.

  • He will be a nice role player for us down the road, say 5 to 6 years from now because that’s how long it will take to get this team back to a high level.

  • poor, Memphis. Have to start a rebuild to be relevant again. What a poor basketball and “so so” talent

  • poor, Memphis. Have to start a rebuild to be relevant again. What a poor basketball and “so so” talent

  • Take him over Randle at the 4, however, he needs to get leaner and mentally tougher to bang along the other bigs.

      1. For now, Nance can shoot and bang with the bigs inside for them rebounds. Randle’s game is too predictable.

  • Take him over Randle at the 4, however, he needs to get leaner and mentally tougher to bang along the other bigs for the long-term.

      1. For now, Nance can shoot and bang with the bigs inside for them rebounds. Randle’s game is too predictable.

  • This is an interesting article, but when sports analysts say that you don’t deserve a starting role just because you aren’t a superstar, aka shooting your team out of a close ball game, what in the world are they talking about. Larry has been playing pretty well when he has been in the game. If Coach Scott told Larry you have the green light to go out this game, play 30 minutes, and shoot every possession down the floor, Larry could probably have the same abysmal shooting percentage as everyone else on the Lakers right now, and he may actually surprise us with a better percentage. The difference between Larry and the rest of the team, is when he misses shots, he plays as good a defense as he can on the other end of the floor, grabs rebounds, and works his butt off. Plus he has been taking pretty decent care of the ball, and most of the fouls he’s received have been cheap calls with minuscule contact. Yes Larry can have some quiet games, but I’d rather have someone who’s quiet, with no turnovers, as opposed to someone on the floor, taking every shot, and throwing the ball away. Even in his quiet nights, he’s not playing any worse. Rant done!

    1. whether he makes or misses a shot he always plays good hard D.
      thats why larry nance jr should see alot of mins!

      1. Heck yeah! I feel you! Hopefully MWP can come out when he plays and set fire to the place with that 3 point range. That would also be nice!

  • This is an interesting article, but when sports analysts say that you don’t deserve a starting role just because you aren’t a superstar, aka shooting your team out of a close ball game, what in the world are they talking about. Larry has been playing pretty well when he has been in the game. If Coach Scott told Larry you have the green light to go out this game, play 30 minutes, and shoot every possession down the floor, Larry could probably have the same abysmal shooting percentage as everyone else on the Lakers right now, and he may actually surprise us with a better percentage. The difference between Larry and the rest of the team, is when he misses shots, he plays as good a defense as he can on the other end of the floor, grabs rebounds, and works his butt off. Plus he has been taking pretty decent care of the ball, and most of the fouls he’s received have been cheap calls with minuscule contact. Yes Larry can have some quiet games, but I’d rather have someone who’s quiet, with no turnovers, as opposed to someone on the floor, taking every shot, and throwing the ball away. Even in his quiet nights, he’s not playing any worse. Rant done!

    1. whether he makes or misses a shot he always plays good hard D.
      thats why larry nance jr should see alot of mins!

      1. Heck yeah! I feel you! Hopefully MWP can come out when he plays and set fire to the place with that 3 point range. That would also be nice!

    1. who do you want to see get more playing time.
      Larry Nance Jr?
      MWP?
      Dangelo Russell?
      Tariq Black?

      1. I think Nance has earned PT so I’d like to see him getting more. We may also want to give Black some PT to see if he can be a rotation player moving forward.

      2. Tariq Black is fool’s gold. Get Upshaw from the D-League and develop him as your 2nd tier center.

    1. who do you want to see get more playing time.
      Larry Nance Jr?
      MWP?
      Dangelo Russell?
      Tariq Black?

      1. I think Nance has earned PT so I’d like to see him getting more. We may also want to give Black some PT to see if he can be a rotation player moving forward.

      2. Tariq Black is fool’s gold. Get Upshaw from the D-League and develop him as your 2nd tier center.

  • A little better than Kurt Rambis (production wise). A good 6th man off the bench. 8 ppg, 6 rpg, three floor burns and a highlight dunk every two or three games.

  • A little better than Kurt Rambis (production wise). A good 6th man off the bench. 8 ppg, 6 rpg, a block, three floor burns and a highlight dunk every two or three games.

  • Nance Jr has been fun to watch. Solid mid range shot, solid defender, intelligent player, freakish hops, and very importantly he plays at a good speed. I’m more opportunistic than these writers and believe he could be a starter at pf. Maybe a Horace Grant type player who pops mid range shot and plays good D. [Future ? Russell, Clarkson, Randle, Nance, Hibbert]

      1. He’d be good in almost all systems so if that’s what you’re saying I’d agree. I believe Nance is one of those players that understands the moment in a critical situation and will make a big play but may never be an all-star (ie. Fisher, Horry)

  • Nance Jr has been fun to watch. Solid mid range shot, solid defender, intelligent player, freakish hops, and very importantly he plays at a good speed. I’m more opportunistic than these writers and believe he could be a starter at pf. Maybe a Horace Grant type player who pops mid range shot and plays good D. [Future ? Russell, Clarkson, Randle, Nance, Hibbert]

      1. He’d be good in almost all systems so if that’s what you’re saying I’d agree. I believe Nance is one of those players that understands the moment in a critical situation and will make a big play but may never be an all-star (ie. Fisher, Horry)

  • Based on what I’m seeing from Randle I’m not so sure he’s the present at power forward. Nance has played better an right now looks like he has more upside. Randle has been one-dimensional, turnover prone and lacks defensive skills.’

  • Based on what I’m seeing from Randle I’m not so sure he’s the present at power forward. Nance has played better an right now looks like he has more upside. Randle has been one-dimensional, turnover prone and lacks defensive skills.’

  • He looks very good and anyone can see there’s a lot more there. Funny thing, he needs more playing time. Of course Byron is falling in love with Metta, who is basically done as an NBA player and chewing up minutes he should be getting. Rotations and significant minutes to Metta, Nick Young and Bass is a joke. What a god awful team is out there when I see those 3 with Huertas. It’s really not hard to realize why LA is so bad.

  • I see Randle at PF (6’9 250) and Nance at SF (6’9 230), however, for development, how about starting Anthony Brown at SF when Kobe misses games, and put Nance with Metta on the second unit for on court development.

    The starters need a long ball shooter and that is Brown.

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