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Lakers reportedly adding Mississippi State forward Aric Holman to summer league roster

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Aric Holman — a four-year player at Mississippi State — is set to join the Lakers for summer league.

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The Los Angeles Lakers are continuing to assemble their roster for summer leagues in Sacramento and Las Vegas, and the latest name to join aboard is Aric Holman, who went unselected in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Mississippi State:

Holman went undrafted after a lackluster senior season at Mississippi state, where he averaged 9.5 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.6 blocks per game, but his ability to shoot the 3-ball is probably what earned him a look from the Lakers. Through 34 games with the Bulldogs, Holman shot 42.9 percent from behind the arc while averaging 3.1 3-pointers per game. For his collegiate career, he shot 38.2 percent from 3-point territory.

Holman is a legitimate catch-and-shoot threat at the power forward position, but he can also take guys off the dribble and spot up for 3-pointers. Here’s a breakdown of Holman’s offensive versatility and impressive numbers, courtesy of Silver Screen and Roll’s own Alex Regla:

Holman’s deal might be just for summer league right now, but given the Lakers’ need to fill out their roster with cheap, young talent, he could feasibly carve out a spot in Frank Vogel’s rotation if his 3-ball starts falling right away. However, in order for Holman to see meaningful minutes during his rookie season, he needs to improve as a defender. He’s shown flashes of a multi-position defender despite being 6’10’ but he’s yet to put it all together.

Hopefully some time under his new defensive-minded coach will help his development in that regard. If Holman shows he can defend at a respectable level early on, expect him to be in the conversation for a two-way deal with the Lakers, if not a regular season roster spot.

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