The Lakers look primed for a very deep Playoffs run this season, thanks in part to a fantastic selection of superstar players including LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Anthony Davis has an aggravated Achilles injury that will keep him out of action for the next couple of weeks at least. This is a scary sign for the Lakers that resting Anthony Davis for as long as possible is the key to them repeating as NBA champions in 2021.
The Lakers are now looking thin in the frontcourt, without a true big man with height and size other than 36-year old Marc Gasol. Even though Montrezl Harrell plays bigger than he is, the Lakers need a big man to be able to defend the rim and rebound. At the same time, the Lakers need depth to relieve pressure off of Anthony Davis when he returns from injury.
Here are the 7 big men the Lakers can sign immediately to replace Anthony Davis.
7. Dewayne Dedmon
Dedmon had a strong season last year as a member of the Atlanta Hawks, playing 23.3 MPG and averaging close to a double-double. Dedmon is the type of player to grab multiple rebounds in just a short amount of time and plays hard on both ends of the floor. It is strange how he doesn’t have a job in the league right now even if he doesn’t space the floor from three.
The Lakers know what they will get with Dedmon, a defensive center who plays hard and stays in his lane. Dedmon is 31 years old so he still has gas in the tank, and his 6 years in the league means he has the experience to help a contender like the Lakers as well.
6. Thon Maker
2020-2021 Statistics: 3.8 PPG, 2.3 RPG, 0.5 APG, 0.3 SPG, 0.5 BPG
Trade Package: Quinn Cook, Kostas Antetokounmpo for Thon Maker
Thon Maker was once a prospect with great potential. Those days aren’t completely over, as the talented center is only turning 24 years old this month. Maker just hasn’t found a team to be successful with, and a team like the Lakers could take him to the next level. Maker is only playing 9.5 MPG, however, so he will have some convincing to do if he wants to play.
The Lakers won’t have to give up too much to acquire Maker, as he is a center who can space the floor a bit and has height on his side. The Lakers can gamble on Maker becoming a very good player in the next couple of years, or just settle for him playing 15-20 minutes a night to cover for Anthony Davis.