2016 Player Capsule: Tarik Black

By the Numbers
8: Games played with the Los Angeles D-Fenders, in which Tarik Black tore up the D-League by averaging 16.4 points, 11.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 32.1 minutes.
12.7: Minutes averaged by Black, which were the fewest of any Laker.
39: Games played in the NBA this season, down 24 from the year before.

Season Summary
It was a quiet sophomore campaign for Black, who led all rookies in field goal percentage last year (57.5) and ranked third in rebounding (5.8). This season, those figures dipped to 54.8 and 4.0, respectively, as he largely fell out of head coach Byron Scott's rotation. From late November through early January, he did not play in 22 straight games. A high-energy player capable of consistently battling for offensive rebounds, Black said that Scott wanted him to develop a "mean streak" with his game. Black showed skill around the rim, but lacked range, shooting just 4-of-17 on jumpers.

In His Own Words
"There needs to be improvement made. (Management) sees potential in me, definitely. And I can appreciate that, honestly, that they see the potential and I just have to continue working and continue to make improvements on my game. ... One of the big things for them was finding consistency on the floor — consistent energy and consistent tough play."

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