Lakers player reviews: Robert Sacre
May, 21, 2014
By Dave McMenamin
Noah Graham/NBAE via Getty ImagesRobert Sacre was a favorite of former coach Mike D'Antoni because of Sacre's work ethic.
Season recap: In Sacre's rookie season, the only time he would be paid any attention was for his antics on the bench as he celebrated his teammates' achievements on the court. This past season, he made the leap from sideshow to rotation player and even started 13 games for the Lakers.
Season lowlight: Sacre started the season completely out of the rotation for L.A., collecting DNP-CD in 12 of the Lakers' first 15 games.
Final grade: C+
Notes: Sacre is one person who will certainly miss Mike D'Antoni. He became one of D'Antoni's favorites through his work ethic, easygoing demeanor and willingness to sacrifice for his teammates -- to the point where D'Antoni would often spout unsolicited praise about Sacre's play during postgame news conferences even if the second-year center played only spot minutes or seemingly had little impact on the result that night.
Quotable: "I am [one of the better defenders in the league], but I think I can also improve. There's definitely improvement in that aspect. I know that that's one of my goals, to be a top defender in this league. I basically have that as my go-to." -- Sacre after his exit interview.
What's next?: Sacre, along with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, is one of only three players already under contract with the Lakers for next season. He has improved both his body and his effectiveness dramatically in his two seasons in the league already and could be embarking on a long career as a backup big man in a league that always needs 7-footers.