2015 Player Capsule: Tarik Black
BY THE NUMBERS
7.2: Points averaged by Tarik Black in 38 games with the Lakers, which were 3.0 more than in his 25 games as a Houston Rocket this year. Black also showed significant improvement in rebounds — from 5.1 to 6.3 — and field goal percentage — from 54.2 to 58.9 — since joining L.A.
19: Rebounds grabbed against Dallas on April 12, which topped all rookies this year and was the most by a rookie Laker since Leroy Ellis in 1963.
69.8: Percentage shot by Black over the final 10 games of the season, which led the entire NBA. The 23-year-old went 44-for-63 from the field to close out the year.
Despite going undrafted out of Kansas, Black put together a strong rookie season in which he led all first-year players in field goal percentage (57.5). The Memphis native also stood among the top rookies in other categories, ranking third in rebounds (5.8), second in offensive rebounds (2.3) and fourth in double-doubles (five).
IN HIS OWN WORDS
“I feel like I can rebound the ball very well. I feel like I have a lot of tools that I can use on the offensive end. With gaining knowledge on how to play defense on multiple positions, I can do so. I believe I can guard three though five on any given night.”
2014-15 SHOT CHART