Robert Upshaw made his summer league debut for the Los Angeles Lakers Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves and the number 1 pick in the 2015 Draft Karl-Anthony Towns. Apparently his brief time with the team impressed the Lakers enough to offer him a 2 year contract with the club.
Chris Haynes of Cleveland.com first reported Upshaw's deal. The deal has a partial guarantee for year one and year two is not guaranteed.
The undrafted Upshaw matched up with Towns most of the time that he was in the game. In the second half, he was able to disturb a turnaround jumper by Towns and then block another shot which drew murmurs from the Laker-friendly crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
Overall, Upshaw played 12 minutes, scored 2 points on just 1 shot from the field, 1 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. He did have 6 fouls. In comparison, Towns had 9. Yes, 9. In Summer League you have up to 10.
Upshaw looked motivated to play against Towns as he moved well up and down the court and he hasn’t lost his ability to track shots going to the rim.
If his shot-blocking prowess continues, Upshaw should be in line to back up Roy Hibbert at center for the Lakers. He will be a part of a team that has this year's number 2 draft pick D'Angelo Russell and last year's lottery pick Julius Randle.
The Timberwolves defeated the Lakers 81-68 in the game. Former Bothell High School standout Zach Levine led all scorers in the game with 24 points.
Upshaw is not the only former Husky that is playing NBA Summer League. C.J. Wilcox played earlier this month for the Clippers in the Orlando Summer League. Wilcox averaged 14 points in 4 games for the Clippers.