The Curious Case of Chris Douglas-Roberts

In the Lakers’ lap sits a 6’7 small forward who has an innate ability to get to the rim, is known for his ability to score in various ways, and isn’t seen as a selfish player. He’s a solid defender and someone who could immediately contribute to this Lakers squad. When you look at the Lakers roster, specifically their options at the small forward position, it seems like a no-brainer that the Lakers would extend a contract offer at the least.

Yet CDR sits and watches as his Summer League teammates Elias Harris and Marcus Landry receive contracts from the Lakers. He watches as Xavier Henry, Wes Johnson, and Shawne Williams, all players his caliber or possibly worse, get invited to training camp. One year after being the last cut of the Lakers training camp, CDR’s fate seems even worse off now. There’s no rumors, no speculation, not a peep from him or about him.

Eyebrows certainly should be raised. In an off-season that the Lakers have made it clear they’re willing to take a risk, CDR seems like one of the more sure things they could bring in. Sure, he spent most of last year in the NBA Developmental League, but is that worse off than Henry or Johnson seeing just 12.5 minutes and 19.1 minutes a night, respectively? Both guys played just 50 games last year, whereas CDR averaged 38.6 minutes a night in the D-League. CDR put up 49 points and 8 assists in his D-League debut last season, something I highly doubt either Henry or Johnson could duplicate that output. And this isn’t even breaching the debate between CDR and Williams, which isn’t a very heated one considering Williams didn’t even see the court last season.

Are any of these players going to “put the Lakers over the top” per se? Certainly not. But when it’s clear the team is taking a chance on some fliers, why not bring in CDR, who is still just 26 years old and has plenty of experience to build on. He can produce right away in the league, certainly more quickly than Harris and probably more than either Henry or Johnson. The Lakers still have an opportunity to bring CDR in, and none of this is to say they won’t. But with no rumblings of his signing, it’s at the very least confounding to wonder what’s so wrong about CDR.

Topics: Chris Douglas-roberts, Lakers, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, Summer League

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  • Daryl Peek

    Certain players become fans fav’s. It’s head scratching sometimes as to why? CDR seems to have the goods offensively but he did not impress in this past summer league. Dan D’Antoni gave CDR plenty of PT in evaluating him. Harris and Landry out shinned him big time! Hudson was nice also.

    The question that should be asked is why are no other teams interested in CDR?

  • JoshFarc

    Agreed Peek. CDR seems to have a very low IQ and was definitely outshined this summer.

    To the post, I’m not sure CDR is really a good defender. He’s a 3 pt shooter that has shown he can score various ways in lesser leagues, but in the NBA he just hasn’t figured it out.

    I like the kid, and as a Laker fan id give him a spot over vet Williams, but I think CDR could land somewhere that needs shooting, Dallas, Minny, Toronto?

    • Erik Franke

      I am a huge CDR fan and have been behind him ever since he got in the league. It was clear that last year CDR was easily the best player in the NBA D League. I sit here and watch this player and that player get signed by teams and just wonder why nobody is willing to sign CDR. I definitely think that CDR’s story is one of the most tragic in the NBA. I don’t know exactly what CDR did to turn every team off of him, but I think they need to reevaluate. I don’t know what the future holds for CDR, but I wish him nothing but the best for him and his family. In my opinion, he has earned it.

  • Erik Franke

    I am a huge CDR fan and have been behind him ever since he got in the league. It was clear that last year CDR was easily the best player in the NBA D League. I sit here and watch this player and that player get signed by teams and just wonder why nobody is willing to sign CDR. I definitely think that CDR’s story is one of the most tragic in the NBA. I don’t know exactly what CDR did to turn every team off of him, but I think they need to reevaluate. I don’t know what the future holds for CDR, but I wish him nothing but the best for him and his family. In my opinion, he has earned it.