2016 Player Capsule: Larry Nance Jr.
By the Numbers
6: Steals by Larry Nance Jr. against Golden State on Jan. 14, which were the most by a rookie Laker since Nick Van Exel 21 years earlier.
14: Season-high rebounds grabbed on two occasions, including on Jan. 1 when he tallied six on the offensive glass in a win over Philadelphia.
78.9: Percentage on hook shots, as Nance flashed that part of his arsenal by going 15-of-19 on the season.
Larry Nance Jr. flashed his potential as a late first-round steal in his rookie year, ranking fifth among all first-year players in field goal percentage (52.7). Though his mid-range jumper was inconsistent for most of the year, the high-flying Nance displayed finesse and power in the paint by shooting 68.3 percent at the rim and throwing down plenty of crowd-igniting slams. The Wyoming product even stepped into the starting lineup for 22 games, providing 7.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and solid, if unpolished, defense.
In His Own Words
"I would say the biggest thing for me is confidence. I know I can shoot the 3. I know I can shoot deep 2s. I know I can make dribble moves. It's just the confidence to do it. At practice I've done it multiple times. It's just that I won't do something in a game that I haven't almost perfected on the practice court. For me, that's a staple in the way I train."