KEY POINTS

  • The Lakers need to figure out how to use Marc Gasol and Andre Drummond for the rest of the season
  • Gasol is proving to be more efficient than Drummond, based on stats
  • Drummond is struggling to blend in and has yet to play longer with LeBron James and Anthony Davis

The Los Angeles Lakers are in a bind, and head coach Frank Vogel needs to make the necessary adjustments before the NBA playoffs.

Anthony Davis and LeBron James are not in tip-top condition, so the Lakers need to determine who can keep their campaign afloat among their current crop of talent.

Andre Drummond, someone the Lakers picked up via the buyout market, is the obvious choice on paper.

While the All-Star center has proven that he can be a force for any team, pundits have not seen that over in Los Angeles.

But based on numbers, Drummond has performing inconsistently compared to the stable production of veteran center Marc Gasol. This was pointed out by Andy Bailey of Bleacher Report on Twitter.

The observation does make sense and something that was already raised before. The struggles of the 27-year-old are understandable, coming in at this late point of the season.

Add to the fact that Drummond has not been able to play that much with James and Davis, Vogel may be left in a spot.

The Lakers are being outscored by 0.5 points per 100 possessions when Drummond is on the floor for a -6.5 net rating.

Gasol, on the other hand, has produced a 12.3 net rating and plays fewer minutes.

Vogel needs to find a way to distribute minutes and go with the guy who has played better to help their campaign.

Kyle Kuzma batted for Gasol, but the Spaniard responded by saying he is fine with whatever role is given to him.

Andre Drummond #2, making his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks Andre Drummond #2, making his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks Andre Drummond #2, making his debut with the Los Angeles Lakers, and Giannis Antetokounmpo #34 of the Milwaukee Bucks Photo: Getty Images | Kevork Djansezian

Vogel weighed in on the planned minutes' distribution for his big men via the Silver Screen and Roll.

“Those are what you call good problems for a coach,” Vogel stated.