The Los Angeles Lakers have assigned rookie guard Darius Johnson-Odom to the Los Angeles D-Fenders, the team’s representative in the Developmental League, as reports ESPN’s Dave Mcmenamin. The former 55th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft made his regular season debut last Friday night against the Warriors, hitting the court for the last 41 seconds of the contest. Now, he will earn some much-needed playing time to continue to develop his raw potential and stay in game-shape.
The 6’2 Johnson-Odom impressed the Lakers coaching staff in Training Camp and pre-season with his excellent athletic ability, which granted the rookie with a spot in the final roster. But with the tough competition for playing time with veterans such as Steve Blake, Jodie Meeks and Chris Duhon, not to mention the sophomore Darius Morris, “DJO” was not getting significant time on the court with the Lakers anytime soon. A move to the D-League could prove to be very benefitial to the youngster as he tries to improve as a player and open up some eyes at the higher level.
Johnson-Odom’s departure to the D-League does not clear a roster spot for the Lakers, who will still have to count him towards the 15-men limit as the D-Fenders will have their regular-season debut on November 28th.