“Is Larry Nance Jr. An Android With A Bionic Leg?” I can see it now, this is going to be the title of a book in 2117 when science finally comes around to identifying Larry Nance Jr. as an alien creature who pretended to walk among us for some type of extra terrestrial research. When he jumps in the air off that left leg it looks like no one can even try to contest that dunk. He gets to the highest point quicker than his opponent AND his highest point is generally higher than most of the guys trying to guard him due to his supreme athletic ability. He’s like a walking mismatch whether you play him at the 3, 4 or 5 position. As the game continues to transition to a position-less game, players like Nance will soon prove to be a hot commodity.
Take a look at Larry Nance Jr. laughing in the face of gravity every time he takes off.
Not only is Nance an athletic prodigy, his father also played in the NBA for 13 seasons. You can tell Nance Jr. learned the game of basketball the right way, this guy is probably the most fundamentally sound player on the current squad. Standing at 6’9 Nance can do a lot of things with and without the ball that most men his size can only dream of. From grabbing the defensive board to running the ball up the court to everything in between, Nance Jr. might be the most underrated “glue” guy in the league.
It’s rare that you get a guy who gets you steals, blocks, a smooth jump shot, intense defense and quick hands all in one. Nance does the small things that will get you W’s. He sets screens, he plays backside defense, this young man does it all. And not only does he do it all, he does it consistently. You know exactly what you’re going to get out of him every night, heart and hustle, and him dunking on a few players.
Usually the player on the team who does the dirty work isn’t very skilled, that’s what makes Nance so special. You take that and add it to his relentless motor and you see why Nance has the potential to be a solid player for the Lakers for many years to come.
Larry Nance Jr., Brandon Ingram and Jordan Clarkson are the leaders of the Lakers bench, who also happen to be the best second unit in the league averaging 53 PPG. None of the guys who come off the bench have a more direct impact to both sides of the ball than Nance. He can guard PG’s coming off Pick N Rolls, he can bang inside as a small center in a small ball lineup. When you have a player who can defend the 1-5 positions AND he happens to be your most athletically gifted player AND he is skilled beyond his age, you usually think you couldn’t ask for anything else. But when that guy is mixed with the nucleus of young talent the Lakers have assembled, you could say you hit the jackpot.