Thomas Bryant has been just what the Lakers needed.

Thomas Bryant has been just what the Lakers needed.

They needed someone to replace his productivity, intensity, energy, and presence.

Enter Thomas Bryant.

Before Davis’ injury, Bryant was a solid backup, but since Dec. 16, he’s been great.

He averaged 17.2 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 68.1 percent shooting in 29.4 minutes per game. He shoots 55.0 percent from downtown, helping space the floor.

Bryant scored a season-high 29 points on 12-of-14 shooting and 14 rebounds in Saturday’s exciting 136-134 win over the Sacramento Kings.

His relentless rebounding, willingness to run in transition, and ability to get open and convert in the paint have helped the Lakers win five straight.

He’s playing on a veteran minimum contract costing little over $1.8 million, so he could be the best summer signing.

Thomas Bryant has been exactly what the Lakers have needed

The Los Angeles Lakers were in trouble when Anthony Davis went down with a stress fracture in his right foot nearly three weeks ago.

They required a replacement for not only the output but also the intensity, enthusiasm, and presence he so skillfully offered before becoming hurt.

Here comes Thomas Bryant. Prior to Davis’ injury, Bryant was already performing admirably in a backup role. However, since Davis’ injury on December 16, Bryant has been playing amazing basketball.

He has averaged 17.2 points on amazing 68.1 percent shooting and 10.2 rebounds in 29.4 minutes per game throughout that time. Although he doesn’t make many 3-pointers, by making 55.0 percent of his tries, he has helped spread the floor.

Bryant had a season-high 29 points on 12-of-14 shooting, 14 rebounds, and a season-high four assists in Saturday’s exciting 136-134 victory over the Sacramento Kings.

The Lakers’ five-game winning streak has been fueled by his persistent effort on the glass, willingness to run the floor in transition, and ability to get open looks and score in the paint.