Los Angeles Lakers: 2 players that benefit from Avery Bradley’s absence

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Los Angeles Lakers that benefit: 1. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has not always been the most popular member of the Los Angeles Lakers. KCP is actually the longest-tenured Laker, alongside Kyle Kuzma, and has been in the forefront of trade speculation more than anything else.

There were some stretches where it was tough to watch KCP play and I will admit I was pro-trading KCP for quite some time.

However, KCP has actually been really solid this season and with Bradley out he is likely going to be slated with starting point guard duties. And if not that, KCP will at least get more playing time than he otherwise would have as he is the best option to replace Bradley in the starting lineup and help in the rotation.

Both guys are similar in what they offer to the team. They both can play point guard with above-average defense and a good three-point shot (KCP’s is better than Bradley’s). That is exactly what you need in the backcourt alongside LeBron James.

KCP is not just going to get more playing time but the spotlight is going to shine bright on him as the guy that is stepping up with Bradley out.

Then, just then, any potential doubters of KCP will realize how valuable he is as a role player and he might just drive up his value in free agency if he decides to opt-out of his deal.