Baby Lakers

The NBA season is nearing the halfway point. With that in mind I’ve decided to look at where teams currently stand. Today’s post will be a bit different as I share a few thoughts from a friend of mine who is a Lakers fan. My next two posts will be a breakdown of each conference.

Los Angeles Lakers – Currently 11-22 (13th in the Western Conference)

Thoughts from a Lakers Fan (bolded) (My thoughts are in parenthesis)

Lakers so far…impressed with defensive position. Love the effort on both ends…at times. Defense sometimes falls asleep and offense sometimes is one shot and go. (As a neutral I find the Lakers entertaining to watch. Luke Walton has done a good job getting this team to share the ball as they’re Top 10 in assists/game and lead the NBA in PACE at 104.08. They play hard on defense as shown by their Top 10 defensive rating and Top 10 rebounding %)

Happy Brook got hurt because it allows us to go small which suits us better. (Not happy that Brook is hurt. Get well soon big fellow. The Lakers most used 5-man lineup (18 games played) of L. Ball, K. Caldwell-Pope, B. Ingram, K. Kuzma, J. Randle has a plus/minus of plus 1.3 as of December 28, 2017. The 5-man lineup consisting of the first 4 mentioned above – which is second most used in games played – with Brook included instead of Randle has a plus/minus of minus 0.4)

Need more from Ingram. At this point Kuzma is ahead of him in the pecking order as far as last shot (for me anyways) (This is something he and I have discussed. The Lakers ran an excellent play in a game against Portland for KCP that resulted in a missed three. I shared with him that the threat of Kuzma and others is one reason why KCP was open. I don’t think he was feeling that explanation. KCP has been dealing with issues off the court so maybe his shooting and shot selection will improve after that is settled)

Right now, I wouldn’t be surprised if KCP is traded at the ASB instead of Randle/Clarkson. (He REALLY wants KCP off of this team)

The emergence of Kuzma has kind of shifted the need/wants for the team going forward. He can play 3/4. We have too many of the same body types now. Nance/Kuz/Ingram/Randle/Brewer/Deng (Kuzma is a bucket getter. I compared Kuz to Beasley the same day Beasley went ham in Madison Square Garden against Boston. I concluded that Kuz is the better shooter while Beasley can get anywhere and score. Deng’s contract is terrible)

All of them of course won’t be around next season. (The Lakers will play their own version of F/M/K when it comes time to choosing who to keep and who to move on)

I think Zo has done his job. I never cared about his shot looks. That mfer go in. I don’t give a shit. He has to play stronger. I’m not expecting him to be bulky but be stronger in the paint. Hell he 6’6. (Lonzo’s game is settling in as the noise continues to subside. His confidence is up and it’s showing in how he’s played lately. In the 6 games prior to injuring his shoulder, Ball was posting averages of 16 points/game, 7.1 assists/game and 7.3 rebounds/game while knocking down at least two 3-point shots on 45% shooting from that distance. His defense and overall court awareness have been steady all season.)

I don’t know that we need a wing unless it’s Bron. I’d rather us get a Big that can run and rebound. (I’m not discussing LeBron’s future whereabouts. As for the Lakers, they should definitely get a big man that can rebound and defend *cough DeAndre *cough Jordan. The Lakers have young wings and a young point guard that can continue to grow. Don’t want them to mess it up by bringing in a guy that needs the ball a lot to make an impact.)

Forecast: playoffs next season. (Agreed, ain’t no playoffs this season *insert Jim Mora)

Stats and information courtesy of:

https://www.basketball-reference.com/leagues/NBA_2018.html

https://stats.nba.com/team/1610612747/

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