LeBron James

LeBron James, Lakers need Kyle Kuzma and others to step up with AD out


In the short term, as FOX Sports NBA analyst Chris Broussard pointed out on " First Things First ," James should be able to keep the Lakers afloat.


As James explained, nobody can singularly replace Davis, but the three players most likely to offer what he brings to the table are Kyle Kuzma , Montrezl Harrell and Marc Gasol .


Kuzma's role is expected to shift from key bench piece to starter, and he'll be asked to close the gap on Davis' missing 22.5 points per game.


Harrell, the reigning Sixth Man of the Year, likely will also be tasked with ramping up his offensive production while providing a different look defensively.


He won't be looked at so much as a stat stuffer, but the 6-foot-11 center is averaging 4.0 points, 1.2 blocks, 1.9 assists and 4.2 rebounds in 19.6 minutes per game.


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