This is no sacrebleu!
Robert Sacre, the last player taken in the 2012 NBA draft (60th, if you were counting), is trying to make a name for himself from the Lakers bench. When you have this guy on your bench, it can certainly help keep the morale up especially when you haven’t exactly been winning.
However, with starters Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol (and off the bench big guy Jordan Hill) sidelined with injuries, Sacre has been called up from the D-League after averaging 12.0 points, 8.6 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game in 5 games with the L.A. D-Fenders.
In 3 games that he started for the Lakers, the energetic rookie averaged 6.7 points, 3 rebounds and 2 blocks in almost 25 minutes per game. Not exactly spectacular numbers.
Players like these though are still important to their teams. Guys who know their roles and provide energy despite just playing a few seconds on the floor. Other notable examples of these high energy guys from the bench would be the White Mamba himself, Brian Scalabrine:
Going back to Sacre, this guy probably has what it takes to make to third place in the popular player in the NBA. Just check out this picture:
But in all seriousness, I don’t think anyone really expects him to pull off a Jeremy Lin and instantly lift the Lakers up from their year-long slump.
Most Lakers fans know him already as he’s always been the high spirited guy from the end of the bench that always cheers wildly with (almost) every shot made by his teammates. If the Lakers average 37.1 made shots a game, that’s 37 (how do you do a 0.1 dance?) dances like that per game!
If anything really, at least he’s getting recognition and that might keep him on the floor for awhile. And with the Lakers having chemisty issues (supposedly), guys like Sacre can be the glue guy for them.
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