Three Possible Replacements For Lakers' Center DeMarcus Cousins After His ACL Injury

Friday, August 16, 2019 4:15 PM UTC

Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 4:15 PM UTC

DeMarcus Cousins tore his ACL while working out in Las Vegas last Monday and he could miss all of next season, which will force the Lakers to look for frontcourt help.

<div><p>According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Cousins has suffered a torn ACL in his knee and he <em>"will undergo final tests that are expected to confirm the torn ACL diagnosis."</em></p><p>ESPN's Kevin Pelton explained the severity of Cousins' injury: <em>"In the past five years, no player has come back from an ACL tear in shorter than 11 months. The past two players to suffer ACL injuries in August (Dante Exum in 2015 and Brandon Knight in 2017) didn't return until training camp the following year."</em></p><p>There is no timeline yet and it seems highly unlikely that <a href="" target="_blank">DeMarcus Cousins</a> will suit up at all for the Lakers this season.</p><p><strong>Lakers Roster &amp; Starting Lineup Without DeMarcus Cousins</strong></p><p>*Notates expected starter</p><p>C: JaVale McGee<br />PF: Anthony Davis*, Talen Horton-Tucker<br />SF: Kyle Kuzma*, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Jared Dudley<br />SG: Danny Green*, Troy Daniels, Avery Bradley<br />PG: LeBron James*, Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook, Alex Caruso</p><p>JaVale McGee gives the Lakers a big man that played at a high level for them last season, averaging 12.0 points, 7.5 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in 22.3 minutes over 75 games (62 starts).</p><p>Having McGee and another talented center allows Anthony Davis to be their power forward, the position in which he feels more comfortable and where he can take advantage of his athleticism.</p><p>McGee proved that he can get the job done as a starting center but they don't have Tyson Chandler as his backup anymore and their roster clearly lacks people capable of playing big minutes at center, so they have to turn to the free agent market for help.</p><p><strong>Kenneth Faried</strong></p><p>Kenneth Faried is an experienced veteran capable of providing quality minutes for a contender. Last year he was productive for the Rockets during the regular season, averaging 12.9 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in 24.4 minutes over 25 games (13 starts) but his playing time decreased in the playoffs and he contributed with just 4.0 points and 3.5 rebounds in 9.3 minutes over six games.</p><p>Faried would fit with the Lakers, I actually proposed this <a href="" target="_blank">at the end of July</a>, way before Cousins got injured and now it makes even more sense for him to join them.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;KENNETH. FARIED. πŸ˜±πŸ”¨&lt;a href=\";amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw\"&gt;#Rockets&lt;/a&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;β€” NBA TV (@NBATV) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;March 16, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p><strong>Dwight Howard</strong></p><p>The Wizards traded Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies for CJ Miles and Memphis is expected to buy him out. Howard played just nine games for the Wizards last season because of a persistent gluteal injury but he was productive when he was on the court, averaging 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds in 25.6 minutes per game.</p><p>While those numbers may be way below his career averages of 17.4 points and 12.6 rebounds, they are still respectable stats and the Lakers are thin on frontcourt depth. There is nothing linking Howard to any team yet but if healthy, he can contribute. It might seem unlikely because of their history with each other but a potential reunion of Howard and the Lakers kind of makes sense.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Dwight Howard when the Lakers contact him: &lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt;β€œyou could not live with your own failure, where did that bring you? Back to me” &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;β€” Basketballfosho (@basketballfosho) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;August 15, 2019&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p><strong>Nene Hilario</strong></p><p>Nene Hilario is 36 years old but last season he proved that he can still provide quality minutes to an <a href="" target="_blank">NBA</a> team. Nene averaged just 3.6 points and 2.9 rebounds in 13.0 minutes over 42 games for the Rockets but that's exactly what the Lakers would need from him and he would give them a consistent and reliable interior presence off the bench.</p><p>There are younger options available with potentially more upside but Nene is a proven veteran and he can produce like last season, playing between 12 and 15 minutes per game as McGee's backup.</p><div>[/]{"component": "embedHTML", "code": "&lt;blockquote class=\"twitter-tweet\"&gt;&lt;p lang=\"en\" dir=\"ltr\"&gt;Nene with the dunk on LeBron James. πŸ‘€&lt;br /&gt;&lt;br /&gt; &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;;/a&gt;&lt;/p&gt;β€” NBA SKITS (@NBA_Skits) &lt;a href=\"\"&gt;February 4, 2018&lt;/a&gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt; &lt;script async src=\"\" charset=\"utf-8\"&gt;&lt;/script&gt;"}[/]</div><div> </div><p><u><strong>NBA Finals Matchup<br />(Courtesy of <a href=";book=5dimes" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">5Dimes</a>)</strong></u></p><p>Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Clippers +803</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks vs. Los Angeles Lakers +1010</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Clippers +1080</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers vs. Los Angeles Lakers +1345</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks vs. Houston Rockets +1545</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers vs. Houston Rockets +2045</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks vs. Golden State Warriors +2600</p><p>Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Clippers +2625</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks vs. Utah Jazz +2675</p><p>Boston Celtics vs. Los Angeles Lakers +3225</p><p>Milwaukee Bucks vs. Denver Nuggets +3250</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers vs. Golden State Warriors +3425</p><p>Philadelphia 76ers vs. Utah Jazz +3525</p></div>
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