While the Lakers dream of Dwight Howard and wait for Antawn Jamison to sign, there are still a few spots at the end of the roster up for grabs.
Fighting for one of those spots is Darius Johnson-Odom, the Lakers' No. 55 pick in June’s draft via a trade with Dallas for $500,000 in cash considerations. He has come off the bench in all four games for the Lakers in the Las Vegas summer league and possesses qualities that could make him a good fit for L.A.
During his three years at shooting guard for Marquette, Johnson-Odom drilled 221 3-pointers at a 40% clip. The Lakers need players who can stretch the defense and create for themselves, and Johnson-Odom is such a player.
He also has the athleticism (40-inch vertical) and length (6-foot-7 wingspan) that’ll help make up for his lack of size (6-foot-2, although he's a sturdy 215 pounds), and he’s quick enough to guard opposing point guards.