The Los Angeles Lakers have invited Zach Auguste from Notre Dame to Summer League. This is the second such invite that the Lakers have issued, with the first being to Moustapha Fall. Zach Auguste played all four years at Notre Dame, and helped them make a run in the NCAA Tournament.
Zach Auguste will play for the Los Angeles Lakers' summer league team, per sources.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 25, 2016
Auguste seems pretty excited to play for the Lakers.
Real excited and looking forward to be joining the Lakers for summer league! #JustTheStart
— Z.A. (@ZachEliAuguste) June 25, 2016
All you need to know about Auguste is that he’s excellent in the pick and roll. This automatically makes him an incredible fit for the team. One detriment for D’Angelo Russell last season was that he did not have a proper pick and roll partner. Randle was unable to set screens and Hibbert was unable to stay on his feet. The best person Russell had for the P&R was Nance Jr, but he didn’t see much playing time with Russell. If Zach is lucky enough to make the team, I can see him getting bench minutes with the first unit. Luke Walton will be able to utilize his agility with his ability to P&R, and in return Auguste will provide valuable minutes off the bench.
However, he isn’t the biggest offensive threat outside of the pick and roll. Zach may be more suited for playing at center, which could happen in some small ball lineups. His primary focus is hauling in the rebounds, and that is key on both ends of the floor. If he can haul in a defensive rebound and push up the floor, the Lakers could have a deadly second unit.
Things to remember
While it’s fun to get caught up evaluating these Summer League invites, one thing is important to remember. There’s no guarantee that any of these guys will make the team. In fact, it’s more likely than not that most of them will be playing in the D-League or overseas at the start of next season. The Lakers have a fabulous young core, and I don’t see any reason for them to add any more young guys. Our primary focus this offseason should be on signing free agents.
However, Auguste will be a fun player to watch in Summer League. You can get your Summer League coverage and all other news right here on Lakers Pulse.