Three years removed from his last NBA game, Marcus Landry hasn't given up yet in his quest to return to The League. Playing with the Los Angeles Lakers in the Vegas summer league, the former Wisconsin Badger has made his minutes count so far.
Landry led the Lakers with 16 points and two blocked shots in a 77-65 win Monday night over the Clippers. He is now averaging 14.6 points and 4.3 rebounds in three games.
Couple a "down" year in the draft last month with Landry's impressive start in July, and it is getting harder to imagine him not latching on with an NBA team for a preseason camp if he keeps this up. Thanks to his defense and versatility, Landry could get an opportunity right in Los Angeles. With Chris Douglas-Roberts playing poorly and battling injury, Landry has impressed the folks at Silver Screen and Roll:
"As for Landry, even though he gives up pounds and inches, he competes very hard on defense and does an especially good job boxing out bigger players. One could see him being effective at either forward spot in Mike D'Antoni's offense and while he didn't shoot particularly well, his effort on both ends was endearing."
Unlike his Wisconsin predecessor, Alando Tucker, Landry has transitioned fairly well to the wing since college, but remains a streaky shooter. Though Landry's most recent claim to fame is as the NBA Developmental League's reigning 3-point shootout champion, he's shot just 7-for-23 (30.4%) from behind the arc this summer.
Landry's work ethic is never in question, though. It's the Landry brand trail-blazed by older brother Carl, who just inked a new 4-year $26-million deal with Sacramento.
The younger Landry will get two more games with the Lakers in the NBA's Summer League tournament.
Five other ex-Badgers are playing in the summer league too -- not counting Jon Leuer, the newly-signed Memphis Grizzly who is sidelined with an ankle injury. Of the six summer leaguers, Landry has impressed the most. However, Ryan Evans finished his four-game set with a flourish when he scored 19 points in 30 minutes for the Detroit Pistons' squad.
Elsewhere, Jared Berggren played in two fairly uneventful games with the Magic in the Orlando league that already concluded, while Jordan Taylor (Toronto Raptors), Mike Bruesewitz (Milwaukee Bucks), and Brian Butch (D-League All-Stars) just got underway with their teams this past weekend.
Luckily, UWBadgers.com appears to be keeping pace with all the results and updating their Summer League tracker online. Taylor, Bruesewitz and Butch take the floor again on Tuesday night.
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