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Lakerholicz – Devontae Cacok

Devontae Cacok

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For those NBA fans who keep an ear out for the Las Vegas Summer League, there is a name that came to the fore. It wasn’t Zion Williamson, it was Devontae Cacok. Who does Devontae Cacok play for? The answer is the LA Lakers. Cacok had an excellent tournament and it earned him an Exhibit 10 contract. If he can keep on impressing, there is strong reason to believe he’ll be offered a two-way contract.

Devontae Cacok might not have been on too many Lakers fans minds when they announced the Lakers schedule for the Las Vegas Summer League, but there’s no doubt some fans will be monitoring his progress going forward. With Lakers news sites reporting the injury to DeMarcus Cousins, Cacok could remarkably work his way into the Lakers’ first-team roster this season.

Cacok was born on 8 October 1996 in Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in Riverdale, Georgia where he predominantly played football. In eighth grade, an injury ended his football season, and he subsequently began to play basketball. It wasn’t until a growth spurt in his sophomore year that his game began to show signs of drastic improvement. With the added height, Devontae Cacok’s position was shifted to center. From here, he wouldn’t look back.

Early career

Having grown up in Riverdale, Georgia, Devontae Cacok attended Alpharetta High School in Alpharetta Georgia. Devontae Cacok’s career effectively began in his senior year. After a growth spurt in his sophomore year, his talents finally fell into place. In his senior year, Cacok averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game. Alpharetta would win a regional title that year.

After his senior year, Cacok’s stock grew. He decided to enroll with UNC Wilmington University in North Carolina. His first year at UNC Wilmington wasn’t as successful as his senior high school year. He would only average 3.4 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.

Devontae Cacok in a black UNC Wilmington Jersey

The following two seasons would see Devontae Cacok going from strength to strength. In his sophomore year, Devontae Cacok earned national awards and drastically improved his averages. In the 2016-2017 season, he averaged 12.3 points and 9.8 rebounds per game. This included a record field goal percentage of 80% and 11 double-doubles. His performances earned him the CAA Defensive Player of the Year and All-CAA Third Team selection.

The 2017-2018 season would see him continue his development. Devontae Cacok averaged a double-double of 17.8 points and 13.6 rebounds per game. Cacok led the conference with 22 double-doubles during the season. His performances earned him a place in the All-CAA First Team as well as a selection by the North Carolina Collegiate Sports Information Association for First Team All-State.

After the season, Cacok enlisted for the 2019 NBA Draft.

Los Angeles Lakers

Unfortunately for Devontae Cacok, his professional basketball career took a minor setback in the 2019 NBA Draft. Devontae Cacok’s NBA draft experience would see him go undrafted. However, like Tacko Fall, going undrafted would not deter Devontae Cacok. Instead, he kept training and was ultimately rewarded when the LA Lakers came knocking.

For Devontae Cacok, news of the Lakers’ interest must have seemed too good to be true. An NBA franchise with LeBron James and Anthony Davis on their roster is possibly the best environment for a young center to learn his trade. After being invited to a training camp with the Lakers, Devontae Cacok was offered an Exhibit 10 contract to play at the NBA Las Vegas Summer League.

An Exhibit 10 contract is a short term contract that can be converted by the franchise into a two-way contract. It doesn’t count against the salary cap, even if he signs with the South Bay Lakers and earns an Exhibit 10 bonus. It also means a restriction on a Devontae Cacok trade from the South Bay Lakers in the NBA G League to another franchise in the NBA.

Devontae Cacok took the opportunity at the Las Vegas Summer Games with both hands. He averaged 11.8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals per game for the LA Lakers in the Summer League. With an ability to play at center or power forward, Cacok could certainly do a good job for the South Bay Lakers if he is offered an NBA G League contract, or a two-way contract with the LA Lakers.

Perhaps fortunately for Devontae Cacok, the Lakers will be without DeMarcus Cousins’ for the rest of 2019 after a serious injury. This might make Cacok a potential late addition to the LA Lakers roster this season. He has certainly done his chances no harm with his attitude in training camp and performances during the Las Vegas Summer Games.

What is for sure, is that Devontae Cacok has a great mentality. From being undrafted to earning an Exhibit 10 contract with the LA Lakers, Cacok has had to show his belief in his abilities on the court and in training. To find out more about Devontae and the Lakers, follow the Lakerholicz website. With recent partnership with BetMGM, support us by visiting BetMGM for a seamless betting and gaming experience.

It seems certain that he’ll at least sign with the South Bay Lakers. Even if that isn’t the case, Devontae Cacok is only 22 years old. It seems to be only a matter of time before we see Devontae Cacok week-in and week-out in the NBA.

purple logo for the South Bay Lakers in front of a basketball

NBA stats

Devontae Cacok’s stats over his career comprise mostly of his college career at UNC Wilmington. His overall college averages are perhaps lower than would be expected after a poor first season at UNC Wilmington. Devontae Cacok averaged 11.3 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.3 turnovers and 0.5 assists per game.

For the LA Lakers in the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, he averaged 11.8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 steals per game. It is likely that Devontae Cacok will spend the majority of the 2019-2020 season in the NBA G League. If he can continue his form from his last two years at UNC Wilmington and for the LA Lakers during the NBA Las Vegas Summer League, there is no reason why Devontae Cacok can’t average a double-double for points and rebounds with the South Bay Lakers. If the Lakers end up waiving Cacok, there are certainly going to be a few franchises interested in his services.

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