Being picked last may not always be the best thing but when it includes a possibility of wearing the same jersey as guys like Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and now Steve Nash, you take things into perspective. North Vancouver native and all around great personality Robert Sacre was just that pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. Like we did with Montreal native and recent NBA Draftee Kris Joseph earlier this week, we have enlisted an astute observer of Sacre's potential employer this fall, Dexter Fishmore of SB Nation's Silver Screen and Roll, to help with a brief look and Sacre's potential role ...
The first step for Sacre will be to play with the Lakers' squad in the Las Vegas Summer League. Typically the Lakers put their second-round picks through the paces in Vegas before making a decision whether to sign them. Unless unexpected issues arise I suspect the Lakers will indeed sign him for the season as they like his potential at the potential at the defensive end of the floor, and they've had a hard time finding decent backup big men the last few years. If Sacre can defend and rebound a little and finish easy looks at the rim, he should get some minutes here and there. Most likely, he'll not be the primary backup center but will start the season third string, which means spending a fair amount of time with the Lakers' D League club. But in those rare moments when he and Steve Nash are on the court at the same time, Laker fans will get to enjoy the greatest one-two Canadian punch in league history.
Like Joseph, Sacre's road to the League may be rocky at best but with a need for mobile, active, defensively capable big men he could find his way onto the Laker roster. He will already be playing on their summer league team in Las Vegas beginning Friday so he'll likely have every chance to impress the brass. There will be two other players that are classified as centers on the squad also so if Sacre can outwork these two guys he'll at least be in a much better position after next week. Stay tuned with us here and on Twitter for the updates as the summer league in Vegas plays out.
Big thanks to Dexter Fishmore of Silver Screen and Roll for the quick look for us today.