Throughout the season, the Lakers have battled with some injuries, but instead of being a problem for the team, this has been a great opportunity for other players to step up.
From Kyle Kuzma to Jared Dudley, the Lakers’ depth has been tested. So, how truly valuable are all these role players for the Lake Show?
First of all, I think it’s really important to value how players like Jared Dudley, Quinn Cook, and Troy Daniels stay ready to play even though they do not see usual playing time. They are not consistently part of the rotation, but that hasn’t prevented them from having big performances when needed. They have been trading rumors surrounding the team, mostly about three-point shooters after the team’s struggles shooting the three, but Lakers’ role players have shown their value in important sports.
One example is Jared Dudley in the win 129-114 against the Dallas Mavericks. Anthony Davis didn’t play that game because of an injury. JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard were in foul trouble in the third quarter. Jared Dudley stepped up as a small-ball center, playing 20 minutes and contributing to an impressive Lakers win in Dallas. In the loss against the Orlando Magic, Quinn Cook was the team’s leading scorer, stepping up in the absence of Anthony Davis.
In a game where both LeBron James and Anthony Davis didn’t play against the seven seated Oklahoma City Thunder on the road, both Daniels and Cook helped the Lakers get the win. This was a really important win for the team not only because of its impact on the standings, but because it sent a message.
This team is still pretty good without their two stars. Cook was the third leading scorer of the team with 13 points and Daniels contributed with 12 points and six rebounds.
Staying mentally and physically prepared for a game of basketball is tough and important, and Lakers’ role players have proven to be ready.
It’s time to show them the love they deserve and stop worrying about the teams’ depth because it has been shown how valuable the players 1 through 15 are.
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