EL SEGUNDO (4 December 2018) – The South Bay Lakers have acquired Justin Harper as a returning player, it was announced today by General Manager Nick Mazzella. Harper returns to South Bay after appearing in 45 games with the team during the 2016-17 season.
Harper played 45 games (45 starts) for South Bay in 2016-17, averaging 16.5 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 40.9 percent from three-point range. The Richmond product received an NBA Call-Up in each season with the Lakers (Detroit Pistons in 2015-16 and Philadelphia 76ers in 2016-17) and was named an NBA G League All-Star in 2016 and 2017. The three-year NBA veteran has appeared in 22 career NBA games with the Orlando Magic, Pistons and 76ers.
Harper most recently played for ASVEL Basket in France, where he averaged 8.9 points and 3.1 rebounds while shooting 54.5 percent from the field.
The first opportunity to see Justin Harper back home with South Bay is this weekend when the team hosts back-to-back home games at the UCLA Health Training Center. Tickets for each game can be purchased in advance online or on the day of the game at the box office, which opens one hour prior to tipoff.
The NBA G League’s South Bay Lakers, the first franchise in G League history to be owned by an NBA team (Los Angeles Lakers), will return for its 12th season of competition in 2018-19. The Lakers franchise has established itself as a top producer of NBA-ready talent, totaling 30 NBA Call-Ups and developing 25 Lakers assignment players since the inaugural 2006-07 season. Last season, the Lakers returned to the playoffs for the third year in a row and saw a pair of players receive NBA Call-Ups to the Los Angeles Lakers, including Andre Ingram. The Lakers have claimed three division titles and have twice competed in the NBA G League Finals, most recently in 2015-16.