Stephen Zimmerman posts up against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 5, 2016.
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Latest Laker: Stephen Zimmerman

by Joey Ramirez
Digital Reporter

With the NBA season coming up quickly, the Lakers added another player to their roster on Wednesday, signing sophomore center Stephen Zimmerman.

The 240-pound 7-footer was drafted 41st overall by Orlando last season, but spent the majority of the year in the NBA G League, averaging 13.4 points and 8.9 rebounds for Erie.

In 21 games with the BayHawks, Zimmerman tallied six double-doubles and six performances of 20-plus points. This included a 24-point, 24-rebound outburst in a win over the Long Island Nets.

Rebounding is the 20-year-old’s top strength at this point in his young career, and he also cleaned the glass well during his lone season at UNLV in 2015-16.

Playing for his hometown Rebels, Zimmerman used his 7-foot-3 wingspan to gobble up the Mountain West’s third-most rebounds (8.7), while also averaging 10.5 points and swatting the conference’s second-most shots (2.0).

After playing just one season for UNLV, Zimmerman struggled to find playing time on an Orlando roster packed with frontcourt players. He appeared in 19 games, averaging only 5.7 minutes.

Though still raw, Zimmerman did flash his talent with Erie, leading the team in rebounds and blocks (1.3), while shooting 48.5 percent from the field.

He also showed an improved mid-range jumper, though he attempted just one shot from outside the arc.

After the season, he joined Milwaukee for Summer League but was again limited by playing time, averaging 4.5 points and 3.5 rebounds in 13.5 minutes.

Now he will look to leave an impact on the Lakers when training camp arrives in September.

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