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Lakers’ Larry Nance Jr. out with concussion

Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) in the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, in Denver. The Lakers won 111-107. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance, Jr. suffered a concussion during Sunday night’s game at home against the Phoenix Suns and has been ruled out for both the remainder of the game on Sunday, but also Tuesday night’s contest at home against the Dallas Mavericks. Nance played for just three minutes before leaving the game, scoring two points and grabbing a rebound and a steal.

Entering the game on Sunday, Nance was averaging 8.2 points and 5.2 rebounds off the bench for the Lakers in the first six games of the season. As a rookie last year, he appeared in 63 games for the 17-win Lakers, starting 22 of them, and averaged 5.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest.

Taken with the 27th overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Nance came to Los Angeles by way of Wyoming. He averaged 16.1 points per game as a senior, but was named the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year, as well as a back-to-back First-team All-MWC selection. He would become a starter beginning in his sophomore season and would increase his scoring average each year he was on campus. As a senior, he led Wyoming to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in over a decade.

The son of three-time NBA All-Star Larry Nance, Nance is a 6-foot-9 power forward who played his high school ball at Revere HS in Richfield, Ohio. He has gone on to become a member of the young Lakers nucleus alongside D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle, and now Brandon Ingram, that looks to lead Los Angeles back to prominence.

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