VIDEO: Ryan Kelly scores 17 points in first NBA start

PHOTO: Basket Session
PHOTO: Basket Session

On Sunday, Ryan Kelly became just the third 2013 second-round pick to start a game this season – Nate Walters from the Milwaukee Bucks and the Washington Wizards’ Glen Rich Jr. are the only other second-rounders to do so* – and he definitely made the most of his opportunity.

After scoring 20 points in Friday night’s win versus the Boston Celtics, Kelly put up 17 points 5-for-7 shooting on Sunday in his first career start. Kelly also registered 5 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 assists. Once again, he knocked down some clutch free throws, too, and is now 12-for-12 from the line over his past two games.

After Sunday’s win in Toronto, Kelly became just the third Lakers rookie in the last 20 years to have back-to-back games with at least 17 points, according to Mike Bresnahan. The other two players to do so? Eddie Jones and Kobe Bryant.

That’s some pretty good company right there.

*according to DownToBuck

Written by Ross Pickering

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