Who is Jake Layman and why does Kevin Durant think he should play more?


The Warriors blasted the Trail Blazers last night 127-104 which meant that some of the Blazers garbage time players got into the game for the first time this season. One of those was Jake Layman, a rookie out of Maryland with perfect hair, who dropped 17 points in his first eight minutes of NBA basketball.

Layman became the first player since the man, the myth, the legend Donyell “Ludacris” Marshall. Let it be known that Donyell Marshall was also a man who once dropped 12 three-pointers in a game.

That’s a pretty remarkable feat considering Layman only got eight minutes and only took eight shots. For comparison’s sake, Marshall played 26 minutes and took 18 shots in his 1994 debut.

Kevin Durant had some coaching tips for Terry Stotts after the game regarding Layman’s future playing time:

Layman was the 47th overall pick in the 2016 Draft by the Magic (traded to the Blazers on draft night) after four seasons at Maryland and fits the Chandler Parsons mold of a 6’9″+ forward who chills out on the perimeter and can hit the triple. It’s still really hard to see Layman getting meaningful minutes with the Blazers as it stands right now with Moe Harkless, Al-Farooq Aminu, and Evan Turner all vying for wing minutes. A couple injuries could change that though and Layman certainly made an early impression with his team. It will be interesting to see if Layman gets an opportunity to build on his debut in Phoenix Wednesday night as the Blazers take on the Suns.


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