News: Lakers forward Devin Ebanks said he plans to "look around" this summer after spending most of the 2013-14 campaign buried on the bench, according to the team's official website. Ebanks, who will be restricted free agent on July 1, averaged 3.4 points and 2.2 rebounds in 19 games -- three starts -- with the Lakers this past year.
Analysis: Ebanks was obviously frustrated by his lack of playing time and it sounds like he wants out of Los Angeles. While the 23-year-old hasn't seen much court time during his first three years in the league, he could still generate some interest this summer. The Lakers may let him walk if he gets a rich offer from another team, so it will be interesting to see how things play out. However, unless Ebanks lands a starting gig, he won't have much or any value heading into next season.
News: Lakers forward Devin Ebanks has not been with the team in recent days due to a respiratory infection, but that has not changed things much for the team. Prior to the injury, Ebanks had appeared in just one of the team's games since March 1, playing three minutes total.
Analysis: The team made a point to announce that Ebanks was not with them due to an illness, which is not exactly breaking news. Ebanks has appeared in just two games since the All-Star break, playing a grand total of five minutes. He has absolutely no Fantasy value moving forward, and can be safely ignored in all formats on Draft Day next season.
News: The Lakers suspended forward Devin Ebanks indefinitely following his arrest for driving under the influence last Friday in Los Angeles. The team did not provide a timetable for his return to the court.
Analysis: Ebanks was buried on the depth chart for the Lakers and was not a key member of the rotation. The 23-year-old has scored just 10 total points in four games this season, and should be left on waivers in all Fantasy formats even when his suspension is lifted.
News: Lakers guard Devin Ebanks was arrested for driving under of the influence Friday morning in Los Angeles, the team announced Friday. Ebanks was released on bail and has not been disciplined by the team or the league yet.
Analysis: Ebanks could face some form of disciplinary action from the league and or team for his antics, but it shouldn't matter to Fantasy owners much. The 23-year-old is not a major part of the Lakers' rotation and can be ignored in all formats at this point.
News: Lakers coach Mike Brown announced on Thursday that he will go with little-used reserve forward Devin Ebanks in the starting lineup for the suspended Metta World Peace, while World Peace serves his seven-game suspension.
Analysis: Ebanks started 11 games in the regular season, including recently when Kobe Bryant was dealing with injuries. However, he appeared in just 23 games overall and was sent down to the D-league at one point. Ebanks averaged just 5.7 points in 23.5 minutes per game in his 11 starts, and is unlikely to make an impact for the Lakers in the postseason, so dont bother with him in playoff Fantasy leagues.
News: The Lakers recalled forward Devin Ebanks on Tuesday as insurance for Kobe Bryant, who has a broken nose and concussion.
Analysis: Ebanks has seen some action for the Lakers this season, but not much. He's averaging 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds over 12.6 minutes per outing. Fantasy owners should continue to view him as player with little value.
News: The Lakers sent SF Devin Ebanks to the D-League on Wednesday. Ebanks was assigned to the Los Angeles D-Fenders.
Analysis: Ebanks has not been getting any minutes for the Lakers of late. He's seen time in 12 games and is averaging 2.7 points and 2.0 rebounds over 12.6 minutes in those games played. When up with the team, Ebanks clearly has little Fantasy value.
News: Lakers F Devin Ebanks was finally able to see some court time during Sunday night's contest against the Pacers. Ebanks, who has not appeared in any of Los Angeles' last four games, logged seven minutes off the bench in the 98-96 loss. He finished with two points and a rebound in his brief run on the floor.
Analysis: Ebanks lost his starting gig to Matt Barnes a few weeks back and has completely fallen out of the rotation since. He has logged just a combined 24 minutes over his last six games and has only scored three total points over that stretch. Unless the 22-year-old sees a major increase in playing time and production, he should continue to be left on the waiver wire heading into Fantasy Week 5 (Jan. 23-29).
News: Lakers F Devin Ebanks once again not used during Sunday night's 90-82 win over the Grizzlies. Ebanks has not played in four of the Lakers' past five games.
Analysis: Ebanks won the starting job out of training camp, but after failing to produce, coach Mike Brown decided to insert Matt Barnes in his place. Now it appears the 22-year-old may be out of the rotation altogether. While the Lakers remain very high on the for University of West Virginia standout, it appears he will be stuck on the bench for a while. Fantasy owners should follow suit and leave him reserved until he starts seeing minutes again.
News: According to the Los Angeles Times, forward Devin Ebanks edged out Matt Barnes for a starting spot after two preseason games. Ebanks averaged 7.5 points and shot 77.8 percent from the field for the Lakers, leaving quite the impression on coach Mike Brown. "He didn't turn the ball over," Brown said of Ebanks. "When the ball came his way, he didn't force anything and he knocked down shots. Then he was solid defensively and didn't make any mental mistakes on the defensive end of the floor."
Analysis: There is always a chance Ebanks loses ground to Barnes at some point this season, but the young forward is ready for the challenge. "I'm ready to play either way," Ebanks said. "That was my focus going into training camp. And it's going to continue to be that way. I'm just going to do what I've been doing since training camp. I'm not going to let up on the hard work and things that they want me to do." Ebanks wasnt much of a factor for the Lakers during his rookie season in 2010-11, as he appeared in just 20 games before injuring his leg. He scored just 3.1 points per game and failed to reach double digits in the campaign. Fantasy owners in deeper leagues should keep an eye how he does to start the year. He may be worth a flier later down the road.
News: Lakers F Devin Ebanks, battling with Matt Barnes for the starting small forward spot, played well in the Lakers short preseason schedule. Playing 13 minutes in both games against the Clippers, Ebanks averaged 7.5 points per game on 78 percent shooting. This would appear to give him the inside edge on the starting spot with Metta World Peace relegated to a sixth man role.
Analysis: Ebanks wasnt much of a factor for the Lakers during his rookie season in 2010-11 season, as he appeared in just 20 games before injuring his leg. He scored just 3.1 points per game and failed to reach double digits in scoring in any game. We havent really seen what the West Virginia product can do in the NBA, but at this point even if he does get the starting job he is not a recommended option in any Fantasy league.
News: Rookie forward Devin Ebanks will not be available for the Lakers playoff series against the Mavericks, reports the Orange County Register. Ebanks is continuing to recover from a stress fracture in his left leg that has kept him sidelined since March.
Analysis: Ebanks wasn't much a factor for the Lakers during his rookie season as he barely cracked the rotation. He only appeared in 20 games due to injury and matchups and didn't show much when he did get some run. It appears he will now miss at least all of Round 2 against the Mavericks and could miss even more time if the Lakers advance again. Fantasy owners should keep an eye on his status moving forward to see if he will be healthy for the start of next season. However, even if he is, Ebanks did not produce enough to warrant being selected on Draft Day next season.
News: The Lakers report Tuesday that forward Devin Ebanks is expected to miss three more weeks after an MRI revealed that the stress fracture in his leg is healing but not yet ready. He will likely be out for the rest of the regular season.
Analysis: Keep an eye on Ebanks and hope he can return prior to the end of the regular season, but he has minimal Fantasy value when healthy. Ignore him in the majority of leagues even when he returns to action.
News: The Lakers report that rookie forward Devin Ebanks has been diagnosed with a stress fracture of the left tibia. He'll miss a minimum of three weeks.
Analysis: Keep an eye on Ebanks in his recovery, but he has minimal Fantasy value when healthy. Ignore him in the majority of leagues even when he returns.
News: The Lakers recalled Devin Ebanks from the NBDL on Saturday with Matt Barnes likely to miss at least a little time with an injury.
Analysis: Ebanks is just a fill-in player for Los Angeles. He has no actual Fantasy value at this time.
News: Lakers SF Devin Ebanks has been assigned to the NBDL on Monday.
Analysis: Ebanks had no Fantasy value as a player averaging just 6.4 minutes in 12 games for the Lakers this season. The rookie from West Virginia only has long-term Fantasy appeal.
News: Lakers SF Devin Ebanks, who missed Sunday's game with the flu, is feeling good and ready to play for Los Angeles going forward. Ebanks is averaging 7.6 minutes per game this year over eight games. He is a rookie out of West Virginia.
Analysis: Ebanks sits behind Ron Artest, Lamar Odom and Matt Barnes on the depth chart at forward for the Lakers. He has no Fantasy value at this time.
News: Lakers rookie forward Devin Ebanks has played in three straight games and recorded stats in the last two. According to the Los Angeles Times, coach Phil Jackson is pleased with the rookie's performances and what he brings to the team. "Just getting out there is a good deal for them (Ebanks and fellow rookie Derrick Caracter), and playing," Jackson said. "Playing, that's important for them to get an opportunity." He scored four points, grabbed four boards and blocked a shot in his last outing. "It helps me a lot," Ebanks said. "Just being out there, I get to learn." Ebanks backs up Ron Artest and Luke Walton, but has been getting some playing time with Walton dealing with injuries to start the season. "I think it's about getting a confidence boost," Ebanks said. "When the coach wants me out there, I just try to play as hard as I can."
Analysis: Ebanks is averaging just 2.5 points and 1.3 rebounds on the year, but it seems like Jackson likes using him to close out quarters. The more experience he gets on a good team like the Lakers will go a long way. While he's not worth owning in Fantasy leagues right now. If any injuries occur he could move up the depth chart, with solid play and an opportunity.
News: The Los Angeles Times reports that the Lakers will likely send down either rookie Derrick Caracter or Devin Ebanks down to the NBDL soon.
Analysis: Ebanks has appeared in just three games this season and is clearly not part of the team's prominent rotation. He should remain unowned in all Fantasy formats.
News: Lakers rookie Devin Ebanks made his NBA debut in the second quarter and scored his first career point on a free throw with 4:58 to play. He missed all four of his shots from the field, but hit all four of his free throws. He chipped in one steal and one rebound in his limited action.
Analysis: Ebanks, a rookie out of West Virginia, is low on the depth chart for the Lakers. Rookies don't normally impact Fantasy leagues much and should be ignored in all formats at this time.