The 3 Young Lakers Who Could Shine in Orlando

Devontae Cacok

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Cacok took a slightly different route to end up on the Lakers roster compared to the previous two players mentioned. After going undrafted in the 2019 draft, Cacok signed an exhibit 10 contract with the Lakers to enable him to play for LA in the 2019 summer league. He would then join the South Bay roster prior to the start of the 2019-’20 season, signing a two-way contract with the Lakers in early December, allowing him to split his time between the G-League and the NBA.

Prior to declaring for the 2019 NBA Draft, Cacok played 4 seasons at the UNC Wilmington. In his final season with the Seahawks, he averaged 15.2 PPG, 12.3 RPG and 0.9 SPG in 33 games. Not overwhelming numbers when you take into account his Strength of Schedule score, -2.04 (0 is considered average). Not even ranked by many outlets pre-draft, expectations were low for Cacok when he signed to play in the 2019 summer league. He would then go onto average 11.8 PPG, 9 RPG and 2 SPG in 5 games in Las Vegas, enough to put him on the South Bay Lakers radar.

In his 33 appearances with South Bay, he averaged 19.4 PPG, 11.9 RPG and 1.1 SPG as he won All-NBA G-League First Team and NBA G-League All-Rookie Team honours. This shows true potential in the 6’7″ forward, even at the older prospect age of 23, there is still a lot of growing to be done for Cacok. He has proved he can compete at a professional level in the G-League, now all he is waiting for is the chance to show what he is capable of on the NBA stage.

Prior to the restart of the regular season schedule, Cacok played in each of the three scrimmage games the Lakers took part in. In the game against the Mavericks, he played the best part of 10 minutes as he pulled down 4 rebounds and scored 3 points. He would also play late-game minutes against the Orlando Magic in the second scrimmage game, totalling 2 rebounds in the 4 minutes he played. He would also play in the 3rd game against the Wizards, scoring 11 points and pulling down 9 rebounds in his 14 minutes on the court.

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