Welcome to a new series at FB&G where we will take one player on the Lakers’ roster and discuss one specific skill they possess. Sometimes it will be something very subtle, others it will be more straight forward. We’ll try to shed some light on how this skill can help the team in the coming season. Our previous entries can be found here. Today, we take a look at Robert Sacre’s defensive positioning. Yes, you read that right.
There are a lot of things Robert Sacre isn’t. He is not particularly athletic. While possessing good height, bulk, and strength, he does not possess great length. His offensive skill level is okay, but he is not a plus shooter, passer, nor dribbler. His athletic limitations mean he’s not the best rebounder or shot blocker — especially for a player his size. Combine all of these facts and Robert Sacre is what he is: an end of the bench big who, in spot minutes, can provide adequate play for short stretches.
I like Robert Sacre as a player, however. He works hard. He’s good in the locker room. He celebrates his teammates’ success from the bench. He is the classic good teammate who can play a small role on any type of team in the league simply because the above things are true. Where he’s gotten in trouble is that he’s been asked to play a larger role than he’s capable of, but that’s another post for another day.
Today, however, we look at one of the key things he does well and, why, I’m guessing, his coaches have found a reason to put him on the floor as much as they have. As a back line defender, Sacre seems to be in the right place more often than not. For all the things I listed above which do not work in his favor, what Sacre does possess are good feet for a man his size. He slides well when coming up as the hedge man in the P&R. He’s able to identify his help responsibilities early in a possession and move to his spot accordingly. He will not be many players in a sprint, but his short area quickness is good enough for him to effectively patrol the paint as a viable last line of defense.