Holman was released earlier this week as the Lakers made room on the roster to sign former three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard. He had been signed to an Exhibit 10 contract in July, allowing him to participate in training camp with Los Angeles and the team to retain his G-League rights if he didn't make the opening-night roster.
Holman, out of Mississippi State, went undrafted in June and signed with the purple-and-gold shortly thereafter. In four appearances with Los Angeles at Las Vegas Summer League, he averaged 4.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.0 block in 15.8 minutes per game, shooting just 26 percent from the field.
Holman established himself as an impact player for the Bulldogs after his freshman season. He averaged career-high 2.0 blocks per game as a sophomore, and enjoyed his best season as a collegian one year later, when he averaged 10.9 points and 6.7 rebounds per game. His efficiency dipped as a senior, though, as Holman started only 20 of the 34 games in which he played.
Expect Holman to spend most of his rookie season in the G-League. The Mavericks have four rotation-worthy big men in Kristaps Porzingis, Maxi Kleber, Dwight Powell, and free-agent signee Boban Marjanovic, while both Luka Doncic and Justin Jackson could play small-ball power forward in downsized lineups.
Dallas went just 33-49 last season, but figures to be more competitive in 2019-20 due to the debut of Porzingis in a Mavericks uniform and expected growth from Doncic, the reigning Rookie of the Year.