therealdeal wrote:I'll chime in because my opinion on this kid has gone from fairly high to rock bottom.
He's got a TON of physical tools. He's fairly athletic, he's actually faster than you'd think, he has continued to develop a jump shot, and obviously he's got a bit of a nose for defense.
But his attitude is among the worst I've seen. He doesn't consistently bring energy and effort. Sometimes he'll get lost on the court because he doesn't move and he doesn't cut and he doesn't work. He's been given a lot of opportunities and he'll take some of them and he'll let some of them just go.
I think the culmination in his DUI this season really sealed his fate. He's immature. He's not focused and he's not the guy we need on this team. He's not who he advertised himself to be.
^^ I'll jump in, too. I was one of his more steadfast supporters here with realdeal, and I was really intrigued by this kid. I thought he might slip into the Ariza role - young SF with length who gets after it on D, but can also score a bit with a nice mid-range game.
He has shown some flashes of brilliance (some great D on Durant and some nice offensive games), but I agree that his attitude and mental weakness were his undoing. To be completely fair, we never developed him. Brown did that thing where he started him for a week then gave him DNP coach's decision for the next three months. When he came back he was at a different position, shooting guard, that he really had no business playing. That's never been his skill set. He's always played like a 3.
So he got some minutes last year at the wrong position and then dropped out this year with the coaching change.
However, he got way too caught up in extracurriculars over the summer and into this season, which culminated in the DUI charges.
To me, and obviously to the Lakers staff, that was the end of the line for Ebanks. Too bad. But that aspect was his own doing, or really his own undoing, sadly.
It's too late to give the kid minutes now as there's no time to develop a player this deep into the season with every game counting so much. We need to make the playoffs and that means winning at all costs. An unready player on the court is too distracting.
It's a shame that he didn't have the mental toughness of someone like Ariza. Trevor is a guy who kind of maximized his potential and rose to the occasion. The kid had to deal with the horror of the accidental death of his baby brother. But he was able to focus on refining and strengthening his game and helping the Lakers to win a championship. No way we would have won that year without Ariza's contributions.
Right now Devin is just another what could have been type of player. He has really good potential but he's going to have to focus all of his energies on the court in order to bring a new contract for himself.