Lakers like Bryant’s versatility

Thomas Bryant spent a chunk of last summer training like a guard, running around the perimeter and working on his shot.

That dimension of his skill set may have been what most impressed Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka.

“When he steps out to the top of the key, you’ve got to guard him,” Pelinka said, “because he’s got a beautiful 3-point shot.”

Bryant connected at 38 percent from 3-point range as a sophomore, making 23 of his 60 shots after attempting only 15 from behind the arc as a freshman.

The Lakers like him as a stretch-five, and after the team got dynamic UCLA point guard Lonzo Ball with the No. 2 overall pick, Pelinka sees Bryant as the kind of complementary piece that could fit well with Ball’s Lakers.

“If you think about Lonzo getting into seams and breaking down players, and passing, having a stretch player like Thomas Bryant to open the court really is an exciting combination for the future.”