Larry Donnell Nance Jr. (born January 1, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He played college basketball for Wyoming, [2] where he was considered one of the best big men in the Mountain West Conference [3] after leading the 2014–15 Wyoming Cowboys to their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2002.

High school and college career

Nance attended Revere High School near Akron, Ohio, growing into a then-6'7" body by his senior year after playing point guard for the freshman team standing at 5'11". He averaged 18.2 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game as a senior for the Minutemen. [4]

In his four-year college career at Wyoming, Nance averaged 11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.1 blocks in 123 games. [5]

Professional career

Los Angeles Lakers (2015–present)

On June 25, 2015, Nance was selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Los Angeles Lakers. [6] On July 10, he signed his rookie scale contract with the Lakers. [7] He made his NBA debut on November 6 against the Brooklyn Nets, recording 6 points and 5 rebounds in a 104–98 win. [8] On December 7, he made his first start for the Lakers after replacing Julius Randle at the starting power forward spot. [9] On December 27, he recorded his first career double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds in a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies. [10]

Career statistics

Legend
GP Games played GS Games started MPG Minutes per game
FG% Field goal percentage 3P% 3-point field goal percentage FT% Free throw percentage
RPG Rebounds per game APG Assists per game SPG Steals per game
BPG Blocks per game PPG Points per game Bold Career high

College

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2011–12 Wyoming 33 0 17.9 .462 .333 .814 4.0 .4 .8 .6 4.1
2012–13 Wyoming 33 33 32.0 .533 .345 .750 6.9 1.2 1.3 .7 10.7
2013–14 Wyoming 26 26 34.7 .544 .243 .758 8.6 1.6 1.4 2.1 15.4
2014–15 Wyoming 31 31 34.9 .514 .333 .786 7.2 2.5 1.2 1.2 16.1
Career 123 90 29.5 .521 .308 .771 6.6 1.4 1.1 1.1 11.3

NBA

Regular season

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG
2015–16 L.A Lakers 63 22 20.1 .527 .100 .681 5.0 .7 .9 .4 5.5
Career 63 22 20.1 .527 .100 .681 5.0 .7 .9 .4 5.5

Personal life

Nance is the son of Larry Nance, a former professional basketball player for the Cleveland Cavaliers and Phoenix Suns. Nance, Sr. was a three-time NBA All-Star and won the league's first Slam Dunk Contest. [3]