When Anthony Davis left the court due to an injury against the Nuggets on December 16, many thought the Lakers’ season was doomed. Now, the Lakers are 7-6 in 13 games without their All-Star. A positive balance on which few people would bet.
If LeBron James took matters into his own hands this season, one player expressed himself: Thomas Bryant. The former Wizards pivot has the heavy responsibility of replacing Davis numerically, and the least we can say is that he has exceeded all expectations. He averaged 17.2 points and 10.2 rebounds this season while posting a very good percentage.
“I would say this is just the beginning” Thomas Bryant was delighted. “I, for one, am happy to have the opportunity to play with these guys and also to have the opportunity to play with one of the best players of all time. It’s a privilege to be able to play like I do now. I don ‘t take it for granted. It feels really good to be able to play like that when I can’t do it in Washington.
Anthony Davis moved to post 4?
Since the beginning of the season, Thomas Bryant came from the bench to replace Anthony Davis, but while the latter is about to return, his understudy does not hide his desire to share the floor with him.
“Of course, I always have that in mind” Thomas Bryant admitted. “Linking it with my qualities gives me the impression that it will be a very good way to approach the match. But right now, I can’t think too much. I just have to focus on the next game and then the next one game and after game until our superstar comes back. For me, I always think, I try not to go away, but I know it’s going to be special, I feel. But I just have to stay consistent, keep a cool head and worry about the next game.”.
A racket consisting of Anthony Davis and Thomas Bryant could be an additional solution for Darvin Ham. Bryant has proven himself worthy of starting 5th on the Lakers and could be a great complement to Anthony Davis, who will be looking for the 4th position he prefers. But that would require a system change, with two “big men”, where Anthony Davis has often thrived. First with the Pelicans with DeMarcus Cousins side and with the Lakers, where he was with Javale McGee in his first season in Los Angeles. A combination that allowed the Lakers to be crowned NBA champions in 2020.
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