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Robert Upshaw Struggling In NBA D League

Posted By: Dax Ember on 11/28/2015

The Los Angeles D-Fenders May Be 5-2 to begin the 2015-2016 NBA Season. One player who has struggled on their roster is rookie Robert Upshaw. The same Robert Upshaw that Chris Ransom mocked to a team in his 2016 NBA Mock Draft. I know Chris Ransom and Draft Express both had Upshaw as a 2016 prospect, but he was a part of the 2015 NBA Draft class and he went undrafted before receiving a tryout with the Lakers.

Upshaw had huge character concerns as he got dismissed from Fresno State and Washington coming out of College. This kid got dismissed from two colleges in three years and you wonder why he went undrafted despite being 7-0 250 lbs. Upshaw got to try out with the Lakers in the NBA Summer League, but he struggled there and eventually got cut by the Lakers. Despite that he and Michael Frazier a teammate of his in the NBA Summer League on the Lakers both got added to the D-Fenders in the NBA D League.

Right now, Upshaw has averaged 4.9 points per game, 4.2 rebounds per game, and 2 blocks per game. His numbers don't look that bad for an NBA D League center.

You could make a case for Upshaw being a decent backup center. The reason Upshaw sucks is simple. He went 0/3 in 9 minutes against the Oklahoma City Blue. He also fouled out in under 10 minutes which is just unacceptable. How do you foul out in under 10 minutes when being on the bench?

Power forward Justin Hawkins went down with an injury versus the Thunder on Thursday Night in the D-Fenders 94-90 win over the Blue. On Friday, starting center Malcolm Thomas moved over to power forward and Robert Upshaw made his first start at center.

Malcolm Thomas does well at the 5, but lacks the versatility to play the 4 at power forward. Upshaw only scored 2 points in his starting debut. His 2 defensive rebounds, and 2 blocks were also pretty bad. It's kind of impressive that Upshaw is averaging 2 blocks per game since most NBA centers average around 1.1 blocks per game. Still, his rebounding and scoring is lackluster compared to other players.

It may be too early to say this, but Robert Upshaw looks like a future bust in the NBA D League. Should the D-Fenders give Upshaw more time in the NBA D League or should they move on from him? Comment below in our Draft Utopia comment's page.

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