Sun Yue made the most of his move to the D-Fenders today, scoring 11 points in their 108-103 overtime victory over the Anaheim Arsenal at Staples Center. Sun also had seven assists, three rebounds and two blocked shots in 44 minutes, 11 seconds. It’s possible Sun could play with the D-Fenders again tonight against Anaheim.
The move is one the Lakers have made with other rookie guards in recent seasons. Jordan Farmar played several games with the D-Fenders in the 2006-07 season. Coby Karl also played with the D-Fenders last season.
Sun had been expected to join the Lakers’ developmental league affiliate at some point, but his first appearance with the D-Fenders was delayed by a recent right big toe injury. He suffered a one-inch gash on his toe when he cut himself while attempting to cut down a callous.
“I thought he was good,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said after watching Sun. “He didn’t shoot the ball particularly well (4-for-15), and I thought he settled for a lot of 3-point shots on the perimeter. But surprisingly his timing, his conditioning was good. It looked like he passed the ball well. It looked like his teammates accepted him.”