Regular commenter Rob L put his Excel program to work and came up with some Laker stats for the preseason and was kind enough to send along, A few of these are interesting â€“ but again, remember this is preseason so donâ€™t read too much into them.
First is that the Lakers picked up the pace in the preseason â€“ they averaged 95.4 possessions per game. That is 4.8 more possessions per game compared to last season. Remember that the Lakersâ€™ coaches talked about pushing the ball on fast breaks before camp even opened, and it looks like the players have responded. Letâ€™s see what happens when the regular season gets going, but I like the pace.
Andrew Bynum shot the ball very well in the preseason, an eFG% of 71.1% and a true shooting percentage of 74.1% and 18.2 points per 40 minutes played. He did a good job of picking his spots and running the floor, letâ€™s hope he can keep that up.
While Radmanovic and his injured hand struggled (30.6% eFG%), Brian Cook shot 65.22%. And, one that surprised me, Shammond Williams shot 66.7% for the preseason. Also, earlier in the preseason Smushâ€™s numbers were way in front of Farmarâ€™s, but not any more.
Here are the numbers:
There are more stats â€“ the Lakers offensive rating was 102.9 (well off last seasonâ€™s numbers, but what do you expect with Kobe sitting) and a defensive rating of 102.8 (much better than last season, but there were a lot of subs on the floor for opponents) All of which just goes to show you donâ€™t want to read too much into preseason numbers.