My name is Trevor Lane, senior writer for lakers nation dot com, and this is the Lakers nation news.
Feed your home for breaking Lakers news and analysis today.
Well, we're talking about that pesky backup center situation that the Lakers now have to deal with without DeMarcus cousins out for most likely the season with an a c L tear.
We're hearing about some options.
Gonna talk about those today, specifically Dwight Howard joking Noah and Mo space before we dive into a quick shout out to our sponsor.
As always, my favorite up time energy drinks.
How energy should feel.
You could find him on 7 11 GNC and amazon dot com Packing.
Go get a whole case on amazon dot com.
That's the way to do it.
And, of course, bet online dot a G.
All you have to do is head over to bed online dotty G, punching the promo code C l.
And as 50 and you'll get a 50% welcome bonus bet online dot a g your home for online gambling.
Okay, so let's chat a bit about the Lakers options right now at this backup center position from a German Sharansky of ESPN.
We're hearing that they will indeed be conducting in person workouts with Dwight Howard joking Noah and Maurice Speights.
Let's break him down.
Let's talk about who is the standout, Who's the guy We think they're gonna wind up going with out of those three, and why now? I will say woes through this out here.
This is a name that we've been hearing around around to Marcin Gortat, who played last season with the Clippers.
Clippers got rid of when they brought in our old friend of eat zoo bots.
I'm very skeptical that Gortat would be the guy that they go with, which means maybe they actually go with him.
But he looked pretty done last season.
I wasn't impressed with what I saw with him when he was on the Clippers, so I don't see him getting the non.
But he is in the mix.
He's a name that it's in there.
But the three guys we've heard that will actually be working out for the team are Howard, Noah and spades.
So let's talk most faiths.
First of all, I wasn't even in the league last season, instead played in China, but the season before he played in Orlando for the Orlando Magic four coach Frank Vogel connection there? Absolutely.
So Vogel is now the coach of your Los Angeles Lakers.
Most Bates played a season for for Frank Vogel, and so there's obviously that that built in security blanket, where Vogel already knows what he can get out of most states now.
I will say, though, that he didn't play a whole lot.
Most Bates only averaged 13 minutes per game, but a very modest numbers in Orlando.
So I almost wonder if this is more of like a favor type thing to most.
Attach him to the Lakers name right? Get his name on the radar.
Maybe some other clubs will start taking a look at him that that doesn't mean that he's a poor player.
Anything there, that he doesn't bring something interesting to the table, and this is what he brings.
Three point shooting.
That's the thing that most Bates could do is 32 years old, and he shot 36% from three playing in China this past season.
This is a guy who has shot pretty well from three over the past few scenes of his career.
He's a guy who can get in there and get things done from outside.
And that's the DeMarcus cousins abroad.
So if I'm looking at it at his numbers here last three seasons in the NBA's most pain shot 39% from 3 37% and 37% from three, that's solid for a big so DeMarcus cousins.
One of the big appealing things about him is that you could play him alongside Anthony Davis and he can stretch the floor.
Most fates, in theory, could pull the opposing big out to the three point line because if he's hitting 37% from three, you have to cover him out there.
If he's shooting 28% or something, not so much, so most.
His ability to convert on those open threes could be a big deal for the Lakers in terms of floors facing the other guys on this list don't offer that at all their neck.
Give floor spacers.
They're not gonna cause anybody go out and defend them. It's not going to happen.
Bates does have a leg up in that area, but the other areas of his game.
We're not going to be nearly as strong as we'll see from Joe.
Keep Noah or possibly Dwight Howard.
Defensively, it's not there.
He can battle on the boards a little bit, but again, pretty pedestrian numbers.
Last season, Hey, played in the N B A with the Magic, where he's putting up just 2.
6 boards per game and 7.
7 points and only playing 13 minutes per game.
The Lakers would need somebody they could come into play probably a little bit more and be a little bit more productive, especially on the boards.
And defensively, This guy is not much of a rim protector.
Protector has never even blocked one shot per game, on average in his entire career.
In fact, the most shots per game that he's blocked was 10.
7 on average in his entire career.
And that's even including seasons like in 2011 2012 when he averaged 22.
4 minutes per game, still couldn't get upto one whole block for games and not a rim protector at all.
Not somebody who's gonna really help you in that way, joking Noah.
Next guy that we need to talk about here really interesting.
I think this is a guy who could be a real contender for this spot.
I got a lot of mileage on him.
Spent a lot of years playing with the Chicago Bulls, was one of the best defenders and lead defensive player of the year.
Multiple time All Star.
All of these things.
He was one of the best centers in the league at one point, but it kind of fell off when he went to the New York Knicks.
He struggled quite a bit.
Wind up with Memphis Grizzlies last season and kind of turned things around.
Wasn't so bad, Actually, he read it really well defensively with the Grizzlies, didn't play a ton of minutes, only played a little bit over 16 minutes per game.
That's coming off the bench for the Grizzlies, but that's similar to a role the Lakers would probably use him.
And figuring JaVale McGee probably eats up 20 or so minutes.
Throw in 16 minutes or so for Noah, maybe up to 20 there, and then you've got you know, this guy named Anthony Davis to probably eat up the remaining minutes or Isam small ball minutes.
Well, somebody else for filling in in the middle.
But Noah in those minutes rated in the 70th percentile for synergy defensively, that's really, really solid, especially for a guy that's on the market right now.
Not much is on the free agent market at this point.
We're talking almost creeping towards the end of August here, so there's not gonna be a whole lot out there.
And if you could find a guy who is in the 70th percentile defensively, that's pretty darn good, considering where we are in the year now.
The flip side of that is the Elephants event.
It basically doesn't exist joking.
No, it His offensive game is It's extremely rudimentary.
Even at the rim, he's only averaged finishing.
This isn't a guy who is going to score you a ton of points in the paint.
He can occasionally catch and finish.
He's not the lob threat that JaVale McGee is, or anything like that.
His jumper is ugly.
It is not pretty.
He gets both hands on the ball.
Is this side spin to it? Look, Lonzo Ball's jumper almost looks looks normal compared to joking.
It's really, really bad.
So you're you've got no kind of offensive output really here from joking, No, aside from just some put backs, and that's about all you're going to get from him and really, that's been fined for most of his career.
That's what he does.
He focus instead on playing defense and rebounding.
And maybe if you're the Lakers, that's really what you need.
You don't want a guy necessarily, who needs the ball in his hands all the time.
In fact, looking at the Lakers second unit assuming that Kyle Cruise was coming off the bench, which I think is gonna happen, Anthony Davis is saying that he does not want to play center.
He's made that very, very clear, which puts him at power forward, which means you've got LeBron at small forward.
No, I don't buy this whole LeBron's the point guard thing.
There's going to be another guard out there on the floor with him, so that would mean Koosman would have to slide to the bench unless you're going to somehow run a super big lineup with Kuzma as you're too.
And, like Danny Green up there on the floor as well.
It would be a little bit awkward, but bottom line Cow Cruise, but most likely is going to see a lot of bench minutes and alongside a guy like nowhere that might make some sense and cosmic in space. The floor.
Cruz was pretty good offensively, But where did you struggle defensively? Sometimes on the boards.
He can have some issues, and those are the two things that joking.
No, it does really well.
He defends at a high level, defends very, very well in the post and actually rated pretty highly closing out on spot up shooters as well.
So these are all things that are important.
And the other thing I like about joking.
No, it is his mentality, his mentality of here.
This is a guy who has accepted that he is not a superstar anymore.
This is a guy who accepted that he needs to grit and grind and do the dirty work in order to stake in the n b A.
And I think that's something that the Lakers have got to be looking for.
Uh, Dwight Howard.
Let's talk about this.
The once and future Laker is that where we're going here.
Are we going down that path? Once again, Lakers fans have not for gotten, and who could blame them for what happened with Dwight Howard in 2012 and the now this should be fun season.
Painful, painful memories.
Dwight Howard didn't live up to expectations that season.
Yes, he had an injury.
He was dealing with injury, he wasn't healthy.
And so maybe we need to back off there.
Maybe we need to give Dwight Howard a little bit more credit because of his playing through an injury.
Okay, he wasn't right. That's okay.
But then he bolted.
He left the Lakers to go join the Houston Rockets and free agency left the Lakers high and dry.
They got nothing in return was a very clear example of why it's so dangerous to let valuable players become free agents rather than trade them and get something for them.
When a player walks away like that, it could be devastating, and it certainly was for the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers fans.
There's no love lost here for Dwight Howard.
He is not a fond memory, but Dwight Howard put up a look when we're talking about Dwight.
We're not talking about last season because he only played nine games last season.
He had an injury hit, a gluteal injury, so he was literally buttered last season.
Dwight Howard, uh, didn't play much last season, only played nine game, and with Wizards and to his credit in those nine games, his numbers were pretty much right in line with where they were the last three seasons, which actually were pretty impressive for a guy that a lot of people have given up.
On the season before the Charlotte Hornets, he actually played in 81 games and put up 16.
6 points and 12.5 boards.
That is really good, in fact, out of anybody on this list just in terms of production.
If you think that Dwight Howard is healthy and he can stay healthy this season or healthy ish, I'm talking.
If you can get somewhere between 70 to 75 games out of him, he's the clear cut guy.
In terms of production on the floor, he can produce at a different level than what? No, I can't at this point at a different level than what Speight's can.
His ability to rebound is better than what no one can offer.
You can argue no, is a bit better of a defender, but Dwight's more of a RIM protector.
Dwight's gonna get more blocks at the rim.
He's gonna be more of a deterrent there.
No is gonna be a little bit better stepping out and containing pick and roll.
Not that he's gonna really be great at that or anything.
But Dwight's gonna excel a bit more at the rim.
And maybe that's something that the Lakers really need.
Now, of course, Dwight Howard comes with a ton of issues, and this is where I think you lose it.
For the Lakers, it's the mental issues with Dwight Howard that you don't get with a guy like joking.
No, our guy like like most Bates, Dwight Howard was a superstar.
Dwight Howard at one point was in the M V P consideration.
He was in that discussion.
This is a guy who's been a star on teams, and now he spent his last four seasons with a different team.
Each season he has bounced around from Houston to Atlanta, Thio to Charlotte to last season with Washington, and he just hasn't been able to stick anywhere and he's performed okay, But it makes you wonder.
Why is this guy bouncing around when he's putting up those numbers? Clearly, there's something going on here.
Clearly, things aren't working with him.
And these teams, like the Charlotte Hornets, were starving for talent.
Why would they not not hang onto him here? There's got to be some stuff going on behind the scenes there, and the question is, is he ready to just be a role player? It's part of the reason why Carmelo Anthony hasn't been on an N b A team.
Why people haven't signed him because they weren't convinced that he's ready to go step up and be a role player in the N B A.
That he's ready to take the back seat.
Admit that he's no longer a star and do the dirty work, do the little things while other players are getting a lot of the credit.
That's not an easy transition, and I don't blame him.
I don't blame Superstar mellow.
I don't blame a superstar like Dwight Howard for struggling to make that transition.
It's a really tough one.
That's a hard thing for a person to accept.
But the bottom line is for the Lakers.
In terms of their chemistry, they need somebody who's gonna do that.
They need somebody who can step in and isn't gonna care if they don't get the ball on the offensive end for 10 15 possessions in a row.
And it's still going to give it their all boxing out on every play, setting hard screens.
That's something that I didn't do very well his lone season with the Lakers.
In fact, I used to get just absolutely infuriated by Dwight Screens and how poor they really were for such a big, strong dude.
He was not great there.
They need somebody who's going to do that.
It was going to step in set, good screens, rebound, play defense hard on every possession, even if they aren't getting the ball on the offensive end.
Because, realistically, that's the role that they're gonna be stepping into.
That's going to be the job.
So can Dwight keep it together up here? Can he stay locked in when the Lakers meet with him? That's something they're gonna have to figure out.
Not only does Dwight look good physically, and the same thing with Noah, the same thing with most Bates.
But is this the right fit? And that's something that gets overlooked a little bit in the n B A right now, a little bit too much for my liking.
And this is part of why Look, Royce White was going off today.
Online This for this clip was making the rounds that saying that Carmelo Anthony should be in the n b A.
He's disappointed that LeBron, who's running the Lakers, which is incorrect.
LeBron, who is running the Lakers front office, hasn't signed his banana boat buddy Carmelo Anthony.
Instead went signed Jared Dudley that first of all, it's disrespectful to Jared Doubly to suggest that that he's just some some terrible piece.
They can't play the game you could.
St Carmelo has more talent than Jared Dudley.
That's fair, right? But doubly has made a career after being that guy out of being that guy that can fit in.
That guy that's going to get out there and give everything is all every single game that's going to fit perfectly on the team.
That's gonna be the right role player that isn't gonna make waves is gonna complain about shots isn't gonna complain about touches.
He's gonna go out there.
He's gonna do offend his butt off every single possession.
He's gonna do what he can on the boards.
He's going to space the floor and he's gonna do all the little things to help the team win.
That matters that matters for teams that are looking for role players that matters for teams that are looking for chemistry.
You don't want that guy in your locker room that's sulking because he didn't get enough touches and the concern was that maybe Carmelo Anthony would become that guy.
You don't have to worry about that with Jared Dudley.
He knows what his role is.
He knows how he gets paid, and that's by being that guy by being that role player.
I don't know if Dwight can do that.
That's the big question.
Can Dwight be that guy and not just the beginning of the season, not in the summer when you're in the interview process.
I'm talking about the dog days of February, when times are tough when players were getting hurt.
When things are looking tough and you're on the road, can you be that guy that is still giving it your all off the bench that is still supporting teammates.
That is still doing all of the little things, all of the dirty work, all the things that go under appreciated.
Can he be that guy? I'm skeptical on that.
I think that's got to be a big factor for the Lakers.
Can Dwight be that guy if he convinces him of that? If he convinces the Lakers that he could do that, they can do all the little things.
Okay, all right, maybe they give him a shot because, like I said, pure talent, just what they can produce on the floor.
If Dwight's healthy, he's probably the guy.
He's got more talent at this point than space or joking.
But again, I'm skeptical of that.
I don't know that he's going to be the right fit.
And on this Lakers team, the margin of error is really, really small and fit is gonna be really important.
Now I want to throw this out here.
I still wish they were looking at Kenneth Faried, and I know I know I get a lot of you guys probably saying right now, Trevor.
Kenneth Faried is not a not a center.
He's a power forward is to small, blah, blah, blah.
He played center for the Houston Rockets last season.
I thought he did a tremendous job filling in for Clint Capela, and I like the versatility that he could offer toe to play a different kind of defense.
Amore switching type style of defense when he's out there on the floor.
Yes, he'd struggle against some of the true Biggs, but his energy and just 29 years old.
I'd be really interested in Kenneth Faried, but if he's not on this list, my nod would go to Joe. Keep knowing.
I think he's the guy you go with.
I think he's the guy that's gonna fit, not just because of what he can provide on the floor, but because of what he's got up here because of the mentality.
I think he's got the right mentality to buy into exactly what the Lakers need and what they needed to do.
And this guy's all kinds of fired up.
Yeah, he's got a history with LeBron James, but I've said it before.
LeBron got along with Lance Stephenson last season.
They had a history, too.
So I'm not that worried about that, but joking.
No, it just to sum this all up.
I love this clip was going around online and people were laughing their heads off at it.
But Joe Kim Noah was playing in a open run with Devin Booker, just playing open court game.
Basically a pick up game with a number of different N B A players in it and joking noise in the post.
And he's calling for Tony Snell to go double team Devin Booker when he's on the when he's on the sideline, he's got the ball.
He was getting ready to work on his man one on one and joking.
No, it calls out Tony Snell to go double him.
And Devin Booker got upset and everything and joking.
No, it just kept saying, Hey said, You know, we don't double in.
We don't double and open run like this and joking knows, and yet we do.
He kept right after it and then uh, and then he said, Hey, it's part of the game because Devin Booker said, No, we need to work on our games right now, joking, No fires back.
It's part of the game I love.
He's playing in a pickup game.
He's playing in a pickup game, and this guy is from the post working strategy to try to stop Devin Booker.
They're just playing basically for fun, and he's still taking it that seriously.
I like that. I like that mentality.
Final birds, I go Joe, Quim, Noah as my pig.
We'll see if the Lakers wind up agreeing with me, but they're gonna bring all these guys in and give him a good long look.
Let me know what you think.
Do you agree with me that it should be joking, Noah, let me know in the comments down blow and make sure you guys hit that subscribe button.
You want to follow us on? Social media follows at Lakers Nation on Twitter and Facebook at Lakers Nation official on Instagram.
And, of course, make sure you subscribe to the Lakers Nation YouTube channel.
My name's Trevor Lane.
You want to follow me? You can find me on Twitter at Trevor Underscore Lane and on Instagram at Trevor Lane N B A.