5 NBA D-League Studs the Los Angeles Lakers Should Audition Before Season Ends

The Los Angeles Lakers are heading into the final leg of a season that has become all about development and evaluation. With only 11 active players on the roster, it would make sense to audition a D-League stud.

After all, real NBA games are the best way to try out prospects for the future.

With Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, Julius Randle and Ronnie Price all out for the season, the Lakers have applied to the NBA for a hardship exception, which would allow them to add a 16th player to the roster.

As Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times recently wrote: "The Lakers could look to their own NBA Development League affiliate for talent, or to the general free-agent pool, perhaps with a 10-day contract to offer. The Lakers can also look at other D-League players who aren't on their specific minor-league squad."

There’s a good reason most development league players aren’t already in the NBA—they tend to have certain flaws to their game or fall into niche categories.

But for a rebuilding team with needs at every position, inexpensive young role players can be essential.

From shooters to rebounding savants, the following list is a sampling of D-Leaguers who are currently creating the kind of buzz that warrants closer inspection.

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