The Lakers’ acquisition of Thomas Bryant was a godsend.
The Los Angeles Lakers won 136-134 in an away game against the Sacramento Kings in the 2022-2023 NBA regular season held at the Golden One Center in Sacramento, California on the 8th (Korean time). LeBron James had 37 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists, while Russell Westbrook had 23 points and 15 assists.
The main character was different. Thomas Bryant, who took over as starting center after Anthony Davis was injured, is the protagonist. Bryant recorded 29 points and 14 rebounds. In particular, he showed great efficiency by attempting 14 field goals and succeeding in 12.
Even more surprising is that Bryant’s matchup was with Domantis Sabonis. Sabonis is considered one of the best big men in the league, averaging 18.7 points, 12.4 rebounds and 6.7 assists this season. Without Sabonis, Sacramento’s offense has such a strong presence that it can’t function properly.메이저놀이터
Bryant showed off his presence against Sabonis as well. Sabonis recorded 25 points, 12 rebounds and 7 assists, but was blocked by Bryant’s defense in the match and could not lead to victory.
Bryant averaged 21.2 points and 13.6 rebounds during the Lakers’ five-game winning streak. He shows the appearance of an all-star big man. He is completely filling the void of Davis, who suffered a long-term injury while performing at his peak. If it wasn’t for Bryant’s performance, the Lakers’ five-game winning streak would have been difficult.
Colleague James also praised Bryant’s tremendous performance. “Bryant is one of the most skilled big men in the NBA,” James said in a postgame interview with Sacramento. He praised Bryant, saying, “He is the biggest driver of the recent rise.”
The real Bryant is a big man with excellent skills. He is a player who has been equipped with a three-point shot since his debut season. He also recorded a high efficiency of 46.7% in his 3-point shooting success rate this season. His midrange game is also good. He’s not good enough to fill Davis’ void on defense, but he fills Davis’ void on offense.
Bryant, who was a free agent after his four-year contract with the Washington Wizards ended, signed a one-year veteran minimum wage contract with the Lakers before the start of this season. His performance all season can be said to be cheap itself. The Lakers front caught a big fish.
If Bryant’s performance continues, a combination with Davis, who will return from injury, can be expected. Bryant and Davis are both players who are good at outside shots, so coexistence is not expected to be a big problem. James also revealed that he is looking forward to the combination of Davis and Bryant. The Lakers, who have been struggling with size issues throughout the season, have hope. Will Bryant be able to continue his active career?