‘LeBron Division’ Vanderbilt appears as a Lakers savior

The Lakers won the Golden State Warriors 109-103, 6 points in the NBA 2022-23 regular season away game held at the Chase Center in San Francisco, California, USA on the morning of the 12th (Korean time). This made the Lakers 26-31 and Golden State 28-28.

Vanderbilt played 16 minutes and 54 seconds in the game that day, recording 12 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists, with a field goal success rate of 71.4% (5/7).

In particular, Vanderbilt exerted an influence as soon as he appeared on the court in the second half of the first quarter. He cracked down on rebounds and defended opponents such as Andrew Wiggins, Klay Thompson and Jordan Poole. Also, he led a tempo push like a guard on a fast break and landed a layup with a nice spin.

Most of all, Vanderbilt cut Ty Jerome’s pass 19 seconds before the end of the first quarter and helped Austin Reeves’ fast dunk. And he made cut-in runs with clever moves from the third quarter.

Earlier, Vanderbilt’s stocky physique at 6’9″, 214 pounds (206 cm; 97 kg) could play at the power forward position. In Utah, he also digested the center position. Vanderbilt plays as a primary defender to keep the opponent’s main offensive line in check and does not neglect rebounding and boxing. He doesn’t stop there, he can feed elbows and top areas and create organic flow through cut-ins, off-screens and dribble handoffs.

Last year, Vanderbilt played Minnesota in the first round of the playoffs against Memphis, drawing attention from many with its vigorous activity. 스포츠토토

Accordingly, Vanderbilt joined the Utah Jazz in the offseason trade for Rudy Gobert. Soon after, Vanderbilt signed an agent contract with Clutch Sports, owned by LeBron James’ friend and business associate Rich Paul. This means that LeBron’s division also took notice of Vanderbilt’s potential.

Wearing a Utah uniform, Vanderbilt played at the center and power forward positions. He recorded 8.3 points, 7.9 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1 steal while playing limited to 25 minutes.

Meanwhile, in the Lakers game against Golden State, Rui Hachimura and Russell performed well, and Beasley also threw a 3-point shot with confidence, arousing the expectations of Lakers fans.

The Lakers won a thrilling come-from-behind victory over Golden State with their previous resources, Dennis Schroeder’s scoring power, Reeves’ activity, and Anthony Davis’ two clutch blocks. Here, the Lakers can aim to advance to the playoffs if LeBron James returns from injury.

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