LA Lakers Should Give D-League Stud Vander Blue an Extended Look This Season

Vander Blue has been blowing up box scores this season for the Los Angeles D-Fenders—an NBA D-League affiliate owned by the Los Angeles Lakers. This is a person of interest for the Purple and Gold as they wade through another perplexing season.

Undrafted out of Marquette in 2013, the rookie guard embarked on a serpentine journey that took him around the globe, playing for a myriad of professional basketball teams.

Now it’s time for the Lakers to give an extended look to a player who can score in a hurry.

While playing for the Delaware 87ers last season, a Philadelphia affiliate, Blue dropped 47 points in one game against the Bakersfield Jam. He also put up 39 points on January 13 for the D-Fenders against the Oklahoma City Blue and recently collected 34 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists for the D-Fenders against the 87ers in the annual D-League Showcase.

Over the course of the season, the second-year pro is averaging 21 points and has started 25 of 26 games to date.

After scoring 22 points on 9-of-11 shooting in a close win against the Sioux Falls Skyforce on December 18, Blue spoke with Joey Ramirez of about adjusting to his role with a new team:

I’m just coming in, getting up extra shots, working with the coaches, watching some film and taking the shots that are given to me…I really had to realize and figure out where I was going to score, where can I be effective, and I’m just trying to bring it on both ends.

At 6’5” and 200 pounds, Blue is an athletic guard with a high motor and a voluminous list of stat-stuffing performances. And after all, couldn't the Lakers use more offensive production?

Unfortunately, things aren’t all that simple—Los Angeles is already carrying a maximum of 15 players on its roster. Three of those players are out for the rest of the season—Kobe B...

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