Nov 12, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) is defended by Los Angeles Lakers forward Ryan Kelly (4) and center Robert Sacre (50) at Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Pelicans 116-95. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Kelly called up by the Lakers from the D-League

If Ryan Kelly didn’t have a foot injury last year at Duke, he could have been a potential first round pick. He did have to foot injury, so that caused him to fall to the second round, and he was drafted by the Lakers with the 48th pick. Traditional wisdom would state that they drafted a big who can shoot because he fits what Mike D’Antoni wants to do, but all teams can use shooters, so don’t look too much into that.

Kelly hasn’t seen much time on the court this season, as he has just played seven minutes all year. The Lakers are being smart with him, sending him to the D-League to work on certain things, and getting reps. Now that the Lakers waived Elias Harris, and are battling injuries, Kelly has been called back up to LA, the team announced. Kelly averaged 25 points, 8 rebounds, and 2 steals in three games with the D-Fenders, and he looked impressive.

As for Kelly? He learned of the call up in a peculiar way:



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  • Martin Susman

    The Lakers need to play guys who they think will be worth signing next year. Gasol & Nash will be gone, please make that happen. Kobe will be back but in what shape, we don’t know… The “REAL” future studs won’t be available until the following year so the Lakers need to deal with the future one step at a time. Ryan, Young, Henry, Hill & Sarce need to paly half the game, they need to learn & learn to win. Farmar will be re-signed as the best bench point in the NBA. The Lakers need to keep the “BEST” bench in the league meaning they need just a few additions before they can begin to get more rings.. They need to get a “top” point like Irving, Lillard, Wall or Westbrrok for the future. They need Love at power forward, they need Monre in the center & Klay Thompson as Kobe’s replacement…..