Tarik Black Needs To Have Solid Training Camp With Los Angeles Lakers

By Brendan Patel
Stephen R. Sylvanie - USA TODAY Sports
Stephen R. Sylvanie – USA TODAY Sports

Tarik Black joined the Los Angeles Lakers in the middle of last season, and was given plenty of playing time due to all of the injuries throughout the roster. He did a good enough job despite the team being severely under talented, and has a non-guaranteed contract for next season. The Lakers have quite a few big men on their roster right now, and Black will have to battle to earn one of the last spots. He needs to have a strong training camp to prove to the coaches that he belongs with the team.

Black is not a flashy player, but he does all of the little things to help his team win games. He plays hard on every possession, and never backs down from anyone. He challenges every shot, goes after every rebound, and gives his team a toughness despite being slightly undersized. He makes up for his lack of height at the position with strength and desire, as well as decent athleticism and measurables.

Black has a developing offensive game, but is at his best when getting putbacks and easy looks from his teammates. He sets solid screens and is aggressive on the offensive glass, which helps create second chances for his team. Defensively he is deceptively athletic, and more than willing to bang with opposing big men. Although not a true rim protector, he will do his best to alter shots and make it hard for opposing players coming in the lane. He is extremely physical on defense, although sometimes that can lead to early foul trouble.

Black is not necessarily a star, and likely will struggle to earn consistent minutes if he makes the team. But he is the type of player that coaches want on their roster as someone who will do anything to help his team win. He is willing to do the dirty work to get his team extra possessions, and has the potential to develop into a tough defender and solid rebounder. However, there will be plenty of competition, and Black must earn his spot in training camp.

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