Accidents have continued to plague DeMarcus Cousins, because the Lakers large man reportedly tore his ACL whereas understanding in Las Vegas earlier this week and can possible miss all of 2019-20.
The four-time All-Star was out for a big chunk of 2018-19 whereas recovering from an Achilles damage he suffered the earlier season and performed in simply 30 regular-season video games for the Warriors on a one-year deal.
Though Cousins appeared to realize steam within the postseason, he was hobbled by a torn quad within the first spherical of the playoffs.
Cousins signed a one-year, $3.5 million cope with Los Angeles in July and his newest damage will impression a Lakers staff that appeared poised for a big-time resurgence.
So, what does this imply for the Lakers?
Three questions the Lakers should reply:
1. What is going to the beginning lineup appear to be?
Though Cousins supplied a small pattern dimension of his talents final season, he entered the summer season because the front-runner to assert Los Angeles’ beginning middle job. Sadly for the Lakers, they’re exceedingly skinny at that place.
The one different middle on Los Angeles’ roster in the meanwhile is JaVale McGee, who averaged 12.zero factors and seven.5 rebounds in 75 appearances for the Lakers final 12 months – beginning in 62 of these video games.
The Lakers did ship a significant haul to New Orleans to accumulate Anthony Davis, so he is nonetheless an choice to begin at middle. However he is explicitly mentioned he does not like taking part in middle throughout his introductory press convention final month. It seems like he is in for a impolite awakening.
LeBron James could play some level guard and lead a beginning unit consisting of Danny Inexperienced, Kyle Kuzma and Davis. However the place Davis suits finest stays to be seen.
2. How will this have an effect on offensive versatility?
It is unclear what sort of basketball head coach Frank Vogel could have the Lakers play, however they actually cannot be as versatile as they may have been with Cousins.
Final 12 months’s staff emphasised positionless basketball, and having 5 starters who can rating in any respect three ranges, put the ball on the ground and go coast-to-coast actually suits that system.
JaVale McGee is nice rim protector and stable rim runner, however shot 8.Three p.c from deep final season and infrequently handles the ball.
Bigs who can shoot are priceless in as we speak’s NBA, and solely having one (Anthony Davis) will restrict flooring spacing.
3. Will staff chemistry turn into a problem?
One factor that was nice about Cousins is that he has proved to be a complementary piece alongside different members of the Lakers.
Alongside Davis, Cousins fashioned probably the most dynamic frontcourt in basketball with the Pelicans within the first half of 2017-18 when he averaged 25.2 factors, 12.9 rebounds and 5.four assists. One other former Kentucky Wildcat and present Laker, Rajon Rondo, was additionally part of that squad and averaged 8.Three factors and eight.2 assists.
Los Angeles has skilled vital roster turnover as of late, as Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram and Josh Hart had been shipped to New Orleans in a blockbuster deal for Davis. Having some sense of familiarity amongst new members was a part of what made this summer season a hit for the Lakers.