SportIn Lebron, Davis Absence, All Eyes are on These 4 Lakers Players
If the Lakers snag another NBA Championship title this year, it will be their 18th championship win
The Laker’s Championship victory in 2020 further cemented the organization as the league’s best team with the most elite set of players. Of course, these include none other than powerhouses Lebron James and Anthony Davis.
The Michael Jordan and Scotty Pippen pair of today’s professional basketball scene, the duo lights up the court every time they hit the hardwood. However, now that both Davis and Lebron are both out on extended leaves due to a serious high ankle and Achilles tendon injuries, the Lakers are having to redesign their playoff plans, focusing on the other athletes that bring the heat.
Let’s take a look at the four players who are being looked at to lead the team while the Laker’s superstars recover.
When Kyle Kuzman initially signed with the Lakers back in 2017, few could have predicted the exponential influence he would have on the organization and the entire league. Shortly after joining in LA, Kuzman proved that he was invaluable, racking up three NBA Rising Stars Awards and making the All-Rookie first team.
Nowadays he is known as a member of the Laker's "Big 3" which includes the two other injured playmakers. This signifies that the power forward clearly already has what it takes to step up to the plate, bringing his full game in this particular time of need. Furthermore, NBA experts tell us that the Lakers are still listed as top contenders for another title in 2021, and Kuzman is undoubtedly one of the main reasons for that. Already a hefty scorer as is, the athlete will need to use this unique opportunity to elevate his plays and lead the team forward.
Germany-born point guard Dennis Schröder hasn’t been playing for the Lakers for as long as Kuzman although in the short time that he’s had on the court, he has shown himself to be a strong leader. In his very first performance with the team against the Clippers, Schröder contributed a whopping 14 points to the scoreboard.
Fans are expectant that he brings this same type of energy in upcoming matches, acquiring the ball as much as possible. With Lebron out, this is the point guard’s main time to shine and carry the organization’s offense forward.
Montrezl Harrell signed with the Lakers around the same time as Schröder and had an equally impressive start, scoring 17 points during his game debut. Coming in at a height of 2.01 m, Harrell is obviously undersized in comparison to Lebron, but, by the look of his stats, there is no denying that this center has what it takes to rev up the Laker’s defensive engine.
Fans are nervous and don’t know where to look now that Lebron James and Anthony Davis are out until further notice
Last on the list is the youngest player on the Lakers and the second youngest NBA athlete to ever win a Championship title, 20-year-old Talen Horton-Tucker. This shooting guard is no stranger to the sidelines, having been benched for many games so far this season. However, for the matches he has played in, he has proven himself to be a consistently good scorer.
In fact, just recently in a game against the Golden State Warriors, Horton-Tucker managed to break his own record for most points in a single game with a whopping 18. With Lebron now on the bench and Davis out for another series of matchups, the rookie may have more opportunities to prove his worth as a valuable shooter.
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