The 2023 NBA Summer League is now in the books, and it gave a number of players the opportunity to flash their potential and possibly earn a spot in the big leagues.
The Los Angeles Lakers had a mix of can’t-miss players, prospects that are looking to get some playing time with their big league squad and those who are fighting for a spot somewhere in the league.
Alex Fudge, an undrafted 6-foot-8 forward out of the University of Florida, was one of those players looking to use his spot on the summer Lakers as an audition for a roster spot down the line.
Fudge failed to measure up
Fudge wasn’t exactly a standout at Florida. In his one season there, he averaged 5.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 19.3 minutes a game, and the previous year he was at just 3.3 points and 3.2 boards in 13.9 minutes per contest while at Louisiana State University.
The Lakers signed him to an Exhibit-10 deal in late June, and he didn’t show much, if any, promise during summer league play.
He didn’t play in their first game of the California Classic on July 3, and he got very little playing time after that as head coach JD DuBois elected to go with other men off the bench in the frontcourt.
In five games during the main summer league in Las Vegas, Fudge only managed to average 2.6 points on 33.3 percent field goal shooting and 1.4 rebounds in 11.2 minutes a game.
Perhaps the one bright spot was his 1.0 blocks per game, and he did provide a nice highlight block while running back in transition against the Boston Celtics.
Final Grade: D
Story originally appeared on LeBron Wire