Los Angeles Lakers: Which Player Is the Third Option?

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Coming into the 2019-2020 season it seemed as if the Los Angeles Lakers would have a clearly defined team. With LeBron James as the leader, Anthony Davis as the best second option in the league, and either Kyle Kuzma or DeMarcus Cousins being the third option.

However, before the season even began Cousins would suffer a devastating injury that would keep him sidelined for the entirety of the year, even with the season being extended. Along with this, Kuzma has not quite made the jump that was expected out of him for him to be the clear third option on a contending team like the Lakers.

Despite this, the Lakers have one of the deepest benches in the league filled with veterans who know how to play their role extremely efficiently. When speaking on the topic of who is the third option for the Lakers, head coach Frank Vogel gave an excellent answer in which he said:

"“I really believe our third option on this team with the many, many weapons we have, is the open man,”. He went on to say, “The way we play. If we attack, just play for each other and share the basketball, we have more than enough firepower. It’s almost a benefit to not have it be one guy the defense can zero in on. When you play in attack mode it can be a different guy every night stepping up and having 20 or 25 points, or the assists. “That’s a strength of our team this year and I anticipate that’s going to work for us in the playoffs.”"

Honorable mentions on this list go to Dwight Howard and Alex Caruso.