‘Tis the season for Summer League invites, and the Lakers have done just that. Moustapha Fall of the French Pro A League club Antibes will join the team for Summer League. David Pick first reported the news from his Twitter account on Wednesday morning:
Source: Lakers invite 7'2" Frenchman Moustapha Fall to Summer League. Led ProA in blocks, shot insane 72% from 2PT.
— David Pick (@IAmDPick) June 22, 2016
Not much is known about the 7’2″ Frenchman, but after a cursory Youtube search, I found a few highlight mixes.
Fall is 24 years old, which means the likelihood of him becoming anything more than what he is already is small. With enough work, and under the right system, he can turn into a valuable end of the bench guy. Last year with Antibes, he averaged 10.5pts, 1.5 blocks, and hauled in 6.8 rebounds on average. With his 7’6″ wingspan, he’s able to disrupt players as they go to the basket and block them if they leave themselves vulnerable. On offense, he isn’t able to do much outside of under the basket, so his primary use would be on the defensive end.
The fit for Fall
It’s impossible to know at this point what kind of system Luke Walton will bring to the table. If his time at Golden State is any indication, then big guys like Fall won’t be used as often as in past years. He doesn’t space the floor very well, which I believe will be key for the Lakers this year. Really, it’s hard to tell what Fall will be able to do. With very limited tape of him, it’s hard to judge what he can bring to the NBA. Luckily for us, he’ll be front and center for the Lakers in Summer League. You have to expect that he’ll bring his A game, but who knows if he’ll be cut out for it.
Fall will be on the eyes of many people throughout Summer League. Keep tuned to Lakers Pulse for all of your Lakers news and Summer League coverage.