The iconic Los Angeles Lakers jersey will look the same on the floor next season, but there could be a very different group wearing that jersey. Mitch Kupchak has a lot of decisions to make before the season since the Lakers could have as many as 9 free agents in the offseason. One of those decisions is Devin Ebanks.
Devin Ebanks is a restricted free agent this offseason. He spent all 3 of his seasons in the NBA with the Lakers. He was drafted in the second round. His development was slowly coming around, but it came to a screeching halt halfway through this season. That is directly correlated to Mike D’Antoni.
Ebanks started 12 games last year, but only 3 this year, and only appeared in 19 games. He was called on for important minutes at times when the Lakers were banged up, but he never had any success or trust from the D’Antoni. Even as they were being blown out by the spurs with very few available players, Ebanks still didn’t play.
Phil Jackson was in charge when Ebanks was drafted, right after the Lakers won their most recent championship. Phil loves big guards, and that’s what Ebanks is. He is a guard in a forward’s body. He defends multiple positions and is comfortable outside the arc. But his guard skills stopped developing. He only made 6 of his 22 atempted 3 pointers this year.
D’Antoni obviously did not have much faith in Ebanks or he would have seen the floor. And he is unlikely to be resigned by the Lakers too.
But even if the Lakers are unlikely to sign him, Ebanks does have value. He is a good athlete and has size and versatility like Shawn Marion or Trevor Ariza. He may have even been drafted to replace Ariza one year later. But as long as Mike D’Antoni is the coach, the Lakers are unlikely to match any offer sheets Ebanks signs, and he is unlikely to remain in the fold.