For the second year in a row, Jeffrey Carroll will play for the Los Angeles Lakers in summer league, sources tell Silver Screen and Roll.
Carroll averaged 4.2 points and 2 rebounds in nine minutes per game for the Lakers in summer league last year, and shot 48 percent from the field in his six Las Vegas appearances. He went to training camp with the Lakers, then spent the season playing for their G League affiliate, the South Bay Lakers, where he averaged 9.6 points, 2.9 rebounds and shot 47.6 percent from the field and made 31.9 percent of his threes.
According to league sources, Carroll will be joined by fellow South Bay Lakers alum Marcus Allen, who was teammates with Carroll in the G League last year after going undrafted following four years at Stanford. Allen averaged 8.5 points on 48.2 percent shooting in 43 G League appearances last year.
Codi Miller-McIntryre will also join the Lakers for summer league, according to league sources. The 6’2” guard went undrafted after four years at Stanford, and he spent time this year with the Texas Legends in the G League and overseas with Zenit Saint Petersburg after getting cut by the Dallas Mavericks in training camp. Miller-McIntyre averaged 8.4 points, 5.4 assists and 2.8 rebounds while playing in Russia last year.
We already knew that second-round pick Talen Horton-Tucker, as well as undrafted free agents UNC Wilmington forward Devontae Cacok, Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell and Mississippi State forward Aric Holman, would be joining Carroll, Mille-McIntyre and Allen in summer league, but over the course of Friday a few other names began to filter out as the Lakers rapidly fill out their roster.
According to Jonathan Givony of ESPN, Joe Young and Dakota Mathias are also being added to the summer squad, and the University of Buffalo men’s basketball team’s official Twitter account also announced that power forward Nick Perkins would be joining the roster:
LA Lakers are starting to fill out their summer league roster with guards. Joe Young (Oregon) who averaged 36 ppg in China this past season, will be joined by Dakota Mathias (Purdue), who played in Spain.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) June 22, 2019
That’s a lot of names, so here is a tentative depth chart from our own Ben Rosales to make it a little easier to visualize:
Alright, here's an updated accounting of what the SL team looks like:— Ben Rosales (@brosales12) June 22, 2019
PG: Young | Miller-McIntyre | Allen
SG: Norvell | Mathias
SF: THT | Caroline | Carroll
PF: JWill | Perkins
C: Holman | Cacok
Three spots left. FWIW, haven't heard JWill reported on the squad, just assuming.
I asked Ben — a draft, G League, and overall prospect junkie — for his thoughts on some of the new names, and he was kind enough to provide a bit of info:
Perkins is a big, wide-body four with some range and perimeter ability, but his statistical profile strikes me as mostly humdrum. Not much of a passer, so-so stocks percentage (STL% + BLK%). You never know with small school prospects sometimes, but I’d be skeptical about Perkins making too many waves in SL.
Young was once upon a time a very fun and explosive lead guard for Oregon, hitting no shortage of big shots off the dribble, but fell in the draft upon concerns on his shot selection, lack of size, and point guard bona fides. That he languished in Indiana for successive years without making much headway doesn’t speak well of his potential, and he’ll turn 27 as of next week. Even as guard-needy as the Lakers are, Young doesn’t project as someone who will offer much intrigue to the parent team, although he could be a very fun summer league player.
Mathias has every white prospect cliche you could humanely imagine (scrappy, tough, makes the right play, high basketball IQ), although to a certain extent, he actually is quite an instinctual player and a very, very capable shooter. His athleticism is bleh and defense at the next level is a tough proposition (he certainly tries, however), but on a team led by LeBron James and Anthony Davis, taking a bet on a high-level shooter like Mathias who is a top shelf off ball movement guy is always worthwhile.
Ben is not kidding. Mathias is a sniper:
The California Classic summer league in Sacramento begins on July 1, while Las Vegas Summer League tips on July 5. The Lakers are set to participate in both.