Players in Review: Oliver Lafayette

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Lafayette was one of only four BayHawks players to average in double figures for the season, scoring 13.6 points per game. His primary contributions came in December and January when he started 18 games before a broken hand caused him to miss some time. In all, Lafayette started 23 games for Erie during their inaugural season.

The 6-2 guard showed a lot of promise early in the season, but he was never quite the same after the broken hand. At full strength, he gives them another weapon in the backcourt.

He can obviously score the ball, finishing the season as the BayHawks’ fourth leading scorer despite playing in just 36 games. He also rebounds well from the guard position. While his overall assist numbers could be improved, Lafayette does take care of the ball. His 2.2 assist-to-turnover ratio was second best on the team.

The bottom line is that Lafayette showed some promise early on, but injuries kept him from reaching his potential in 2009. He’s one of the players that could really benefit from another year of seasoning with the BayHawks, and one who would bring plenty to the table if brought back at 100 percent for the ’09-’10 season.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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