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Andrew Goudelock named NBA Development League MVP

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The NBA Development League has selected Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock as the 2012-13 most valuable player.

Goudelock averaged 21.4 points and 5.8 assists for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of Hidalgo, Texas. The 6-foot-3 guard also played for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

“Andrew truly had a standout season in the NBA D-League this year,” said Chris Alpert, vice president of basketball operations and player personnel for the league. “His tireless work ethic, dedication to development and impressive skill set were not only a huge asset for his team, but earned him an NBA D-League All-Star selection and a call-up to the NBA. I congratulate Andrew on his tremendous season this year, and on returning to the NBA with the Lakers.”

The Lakers might call upon Goudelock to play a major role throughout the remainder of the postseason with starter Kobe Bryant out (Achilles' tendon), Jodie Meeks (sprained ankle) awaiting an MRI exam, Steve Blake (hamstring) out indefinitely and Steve Nash receiving two epidural shots to try to alleviate his hamstring and hip soreness.

After the Lakers drafted him in 2011 with the 46th overall pick, the team cut Goudelock before the start of this season. He was re-signed on April 14 to help the Lakers' guard depth after Bryant's injury.

In his lone playoff appearance, Goudelock hit one of two shots for two points with an assist and a steal in six minutes.

He could be looking at major minutes if the Lakers' four primary guards can't get healthy in time for Friday's and Sunday's games against the Spurs.

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