The reeling Los Angeles Lakers signed point guard Manny Harris recently to a 10-day contract. Harris is 24 and has played for the Cleveland Cavaliers in the past. He has been averaging over 30 points per game for the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA Developmental League this year.
Now, I wouldn’t get my hopes up if you are a Lakers fan, because it’s not like the D-league is known for defense. However, Mike D’Antoni point guards tend to put up inflated stats in his system. Look for the Lakers to be a little more fluid on the offensive end now that they finally have two point guards at their disposal. Watch for Harris to get some immediate action against the Boston Celtics. Will we see the beginning of Mansanity?
One wonders why it took so long to get a backup point guard. It took Nick Young getting suspended before the Lakers added another player. It leads people to believe that the Lakers are starting to penny-pinch in the front office.
You could argue that not having enough bodies has led to all of the injuries this year. Why was Kobe Bryant allowed to play point guard during a four-game-in-five-nights stretch right before his injury? Why wasn’t Kendall Marshall signed before those games? It probably contributed to Bryant’s injury.
Steve Blake, the last of the healthy point guards, was put on the IR on December 12. So, the team has played without a true point guard rotation for over a month.
So now the Lakers will have two guys in their point guard rotation who were in the D-league less than a month ago. Regardless, it is a great story for Harris to get rewarded for his recent play of late. It’s a nice touch that the team took a guy from their own farm system, which gives that program some credibility moving forward.