Devin Ebanks has scored at least 20 points or more in six of the Texas Legends’ first nine games this season. The former Los Angeles Lakers second round pick has been solid in his third career NBADL stint so far.
Ebanks spoke with DleagueDigest.com, and touched on his hot start along with what he’s looking to show NBA teams around the league.
“I’ve really been working on my shooting, I want to be more consistent from the three point line, it’s been a big focus of mine.” Ebanks said.
The Dallas Mavericks’ NBADL affiliate is 4-2 on the season, and Ebanks has been a large part of their success. With former NBA player Eduardo Najera at the coaching helm, and a mix of talented players (including the recently Called-Up Chris Douglas-Roberts), the Legends have been impressive.
The Legends have also had assigned rookie Ricky Ledo this season, who’s been an integral part of their quick start as well.
However, the somewhat veteran quality which Ebanks has brought to the team has been well received. The three year NBA veteran has mixed in well with coach Najera and the entire Legends staff so far. “So far so good with the entire Legends’ staff and team. Coach Najera has been great, he’s done a nice job with preparing our team.” Ebanks added.
The Queens, New York native is determined to make it back to the NBA, and is aware of what he needs to do in order to prove himself to NBA teams. “I know that I have to stay consistent with my entire play, showcase everything. I’m also looking to show my added physical strength in my game too.”
Ebanks has previously made waves on the internet with his rap career, but according to the small forward, that’s all on hold for now as he looks to prove himself worthy of another shot in the NBA. “For now, my music is on hold. I usually just do that in the summer time. I’m completely focused on basketball right now.”
Ebanks landed with the Legends after beginning training camp with the Dallas Mavericks, but was waived after playing three preseason games for the Mavs. Ebanks, and his lanky 6-foot-9 frame, is thought to be a defensive specialist who can possibly start for an NBA team, but his previously noted consistency has been the issue. Perhaps his current NBADL stint will help dispel the notion?
The Legends are set to face RGV, the Houston Rockets NBADL affiliate, and largely thought of as the top team in the entire D-League tonight. It will be their second regular season meeting, and Ebanks discussed his team’s game plan heading into the difficult matchup.
“Basically, you have to run them off the three point line, you have to slow them down somehow, control the pace. We’ve been preparing all week and I think that we’re ready for them.”
The battle for Texas’ D-League supremacy runs through Rio Grande Valley at the moment, and the Legends along with Ebanks, will have to play their best in order to upset the Vipers, and end their NBA D-League record win streak.
Ebanks is considered to be a top prospect in the NBA D-League, and if he continues his all-around impressive play, the talented small forward may earn another opportunity in the Association, as long as he stays consistent.