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Los Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. suffered a concussion on Sunday against the Phoenix Suns.
It is currently unclear when he’ll return to the field.
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Sunday, Nov. 6
Nance has been ruled out for Tuesday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks, according to Lakers beat reporter Mike Trudell.
Nance Unable to Shake Injury Bug Early in Career
Nance had two points and one rebound in three minutes before exiting.
Nance has suffered a number of injuries in his young career, and this is just the latest example. Heading into Sunday’s game, Nance was averaging 8.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 22.8 minutes a night.
Los Angeles actually considered shutting him down at a point during his rookie campaign because of knee problems. He also tore his ACL in college at the University of Wyoming.
The Lakers added Nance with the 27th overall pick in the 2015 draft, and he proceeded to play 63 games and average 5.5 points and five rebounds a night. He shot an impressive 52.7 percent from the field and could see more looks in the offense moving forward now that Kobe Bryant is retired.
Nance serves as a stretch forward with the athleticism to beat defenders off the dribble and the ability to contribute on the glass.
Fortunately for the Lakers, they still have Julius Randle as a building block at power forward who averaged a double-double in 2015-16 as a rookie with 11.3 points and 10.2 rebounds per game.
Elsewhere, Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram are versatile enough to play the 3 in bigger lineups or the 4 in smaller lineups and can help shoulder more of the load without Nance.
Los Angeles is building toward the future with a young core of Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Ingram, Jordan Clarkson and Nance. The Lakers are unlikely to make much postseason noise in 2016-17, so it is important that Nance is fully healthy before he returns so that group of players can continue to develop together with an eye on the future.