Originally posted on Purple and Gold Blog  |  Last updated 10/3/12


At some point in the eve of the Lakers media day, Mitch Kupchak made another move to improve an already stacked roster. This time, he added veteran wingman Chris Douglas-Roberts to the list of training camp hopefuls.
With Roberts, the Lakers now have 16 players for training camp which started Tuesday.

Roberts (or "CDR" or "Buckets") is a 3-year NBA veteran after being drafted by the New Jersey Nets as the 40th overall pick in 2008 out of Memphis. He spent 2 seasons with the Nets before being traded to the Milwaukee Bucks in 2010 for a 2012 2nd round pick. Last season, he was one of the NBA players who exported to the European leagues due to the lockout and played for Italy's Virtus Bologna.

The six-foot-seven, 210 pound forward/guard is regarded as an offensive-minded player who can create his own shot with his decent handles and athleticism. The strength of his game basically falls between mid-range jumpers to attacking the rim and has a nice finesse game with his floater. He can hit from distance when he's open but his career 28.6% average from behind the arc says pass it to him at your own risk.

Defensively, he isn't the worst defender but isn't an average one either. He does get lucky with a swipe or a block from time to time but I wouldn't exactly categorize him as anybody's stopper.

But defense isn't the reason why the Lakers are giving him a shot at making the team. The guy is a proven scorer and a slasher. He's already had a couple of 30-point games against the Nets and the Miami Heat (watch the video below). So in a sense, Roberts could be a third, second or even the first go-to guy off the bench behind Antawn Jamison and Jodie Meeks.

And don't forget, he's only 25 years-old! In this team, having youth and the ability to create your own shot is a rare commodity.

Not a bad pickup at all.


Here's Douglas-Roberts dropping 30 points against the Heat (thanks to Allen White):

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