As the Los Angeles Lakers‘ season continues to move along, Lakers’ head coach Mike D’Antoni continues to change and alter the rotation and minutes of his players, for better or for worse. MDA’s most recent move, beyond the return of Kobe Bryant to the starting lineup, is Robert Sacre being inserted as the Lakers’ starting center.
Up until three games ago, Sacre had played a total of 19 minutes this season. He is a 7-footer of both American and Canadian nationality that played his college hoops at the University of Gonzaga. He was a role player throughout college and ended up being drafted by the Lakers with the last pick of the 2012 NBA draft.
During the 2012-13 season, he appeared in 32 games for an average of six minutes a game, and has mostly been an ineffective pine-warmer up until this point in his career. His insertion into the starting lineup is yet another random move by the often erratic D’Antoni.
Through two December starts Sacre, is averaging 20 minutes a game and delivering 11 points and six rebounds a game. While these numbers aren’t terrible, they are hardly something to brag about, and previous starter Jordan Hill has proven time and time again he has a much high ceiling of production.
Sacre will likely end up rotating back out of the starting lineup sooner rather then later as he’s shown issues with fouling, and coach MDA will quickly get frustrated and react on a whim once again. It remains unlikely that we will see a consistent starting lineup out of the Lakers at any point this season as they remain in the midst of a rebuilding year, whether Lakers’ fans will admit it or not.
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