Tyler Ennis
Tyler Ennis handles the ball for the Houston Rockets on Feb. 11, 2017.
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Latest Laker: Tyler Ennis

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

On the same day as their trade for Corey Brewer, the Lakers announced another exchange with the Houston Rockets, this time lading third-year point guard Tyler Ennis.

The 22-year-old was acquired Thursday in a trade for Marcelo Huertas, who had been in his second season with the Lakers.

Ennis saw minimal time this year for the postseason-bound Rockets, averaging 1.9 points and 1.1 assists in 6.3 minutes. The 6-foot-3, 194-pounder also shot 39.1 percent from the field.

Ennis was a proficient playmaker in his lone year at Syracuse, leading the ACC in both assists (5.5) and steals (2.1) during the 2013-14 season.

That summer, he entered the NBA Draft and was selected 18th overall by Phoenix. He spent some of his rookie year in the D-League to much success, averaging 18.4 points, 5.3 assists and 1.8 steals for the Bakersfield Jam.

The Toronto native has also shown off his game for the Canadian National Team, like when he put up 20.9 points per game at the 2013 FIBA U19 Championships in the Czech Republic.

However, he has yet to find a longterm NBA home, as the Lakers will be his fourth team in three seasons. He will take Huertas’ place in L.A.’s point guard crew, which also includes D’Angelo Russell and Jose Calderon, while Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson have also seen minutes as the primary ball handler.

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