Final grades: Ratliff, Smith

Theo Ratliff, backup center/power forward:
There were some eyebrows raised when the Lakers signed the grizzled veteran to a contract last summer. He didn’t have time to prove anyone right or wrong when he injured his knee and had to undergo surgery that limited him to a handful of games.

Stats: 10 games, 0.2 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists.

Grade: Incomplete.

Joe Smith, backup forward:
The Lakers acquired him from the New Jersey Nets with the idea that he wouldn’t make waves while serving as a practice player and cheerleader from the bench. Sasha Vujacic, who went the other way, was not a happy camper with his diminished role.

Stats (Lakers and Nets): 16 games, 0.5 points, 1.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists.

Grade: Incomplete.

Next: Luke Walton.

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