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Dennis Schroder could play his first game for the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 18, 2022 for the current NBA season. Alex Menendez/Getty Images


  • Dennis Schroder Thomas Bryant may report for duty in the game against the Pistons
  • Kendrick Nunn continues to struggle and has hardly been a factor for the Lakers
  • LeBron James could return if he is cleared from his left adductor strain

The Los Angeles Lakers need all the help they can get, and there are players on their bench who are underutilized.

The notable names who have hardly provided help for the franchise are Dennis Schroder, Thomas Bryant and Kendrick Nunn.

The Lakers are scheduled to face the Detroit Pistons on Friday, November 18 at the Arena at 10:30 p.m. E.T.

But with the Lakers needing to evaluate Schroder, Bryant and Nunn better, both were assigned to the G League with the South Bay Lakers on Tuesday, November 15.

This update was provided by SB Nation editorial manager Harrison Faigen on social media.

The scribe also added that all three players were recalled later on that same day after practice to their parent team.

Schroder and Bryant have yet to see action this season due to similar UCL injuries to their thumb.

Both were already re-evaluated last week, and Lonnie Walker IV hinted that both would return and likely be ready when the Lakers face the Pistons.

Another re-evaluation will be made on Thursday, November 17 to determine if both will be good to go.

Hence, the Lakers could get some added help with their current NBA season sputtering.

As of this writing, Los Angeles totes a 3-10 win-loss record, over one-game ahead of the cellar-dwelling Houston Rockets.

Unfortunately, the case is a bit different for Nunn.

The 27-year-old has been struggling this season coming off a bone bruise to his right knee.

He has been listed as healthy this season, but the 6-foot-3 guard has managed to average only 4.7 points, 1.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 11 games.

These are glaring career lows for the Illinois native, so it will be interesting how things will go with the brief G League stint.

Moreover, another player who could return for the Lakers is LeBron James.

According to head coach Darvin Ham, the time off could benefit the four-time NBA champion who is listed on a day-to-day basis.

"If it's Friday against Detroit, next Friday. We can feel good about that, knowing that means that these days, the rested to not put any pressure on it, but strengthen it and, you know, treat it to get him to the point where he's able to get back out there," Ham stated.

Thomas Bryant
Thomas Bryant could suit up for the Lakers when they face the Pistons on Nov. 18, 2022. Ethan Miller/Getty Images