Archives For Laker Analysis

If you follow my work, you know I’m not a fan of the Lakers scheme from last season. The chess game within the game of utilizing actions to generate good shots can play a big role for basketball teams, and solid team scheme is something seen with all of the top NBA teams. This year it looks like the Lakers scheme will catch up.

One game into the preseason schedule gives us one game of film to analyze. Here are my takeaways as someone who watched while looking specifically at the playcalling and team scheme.  Continue Reading…

Earlier today we discussed how some of the quotes coming out of Lakers training camp had me wondering if Julius Randle may end up getting squeezed in both style of play and with his role on the team. Well, at Lakers.com, Mike Trudell had a great post today about the work Randle and Larry Nance have done this summer and there’s a quote which implies that Julius Randle is unsure if he will be a starter when the season begins.

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All summer long a main talking point for any Lakers coach or executive when discussing this upcoming season has been the need to improve on defense. Magic Johnson says in order to run, you need to get stops. Rob Pelinka frames the signings of Andrew Bogut and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope as finding defensive tone-setters. You’ll find similar comments from Luke Walton. It should be no surprise, then, that the defense was the theme of the first Lakers training camp practice.

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NBA Media Days are always filled with optimism. Every player is in the best shape of his life and has improved his jumper. The teams are all 0-0 and ready to put in the work needed to be better than anyone is giving them credit for. The guys are ready to show you what they’ve got. At Lakers Media day one thing is clear: the team believes a Brandon Ingram breakout is coming.

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One of the major, ongoing storylines of the summer has been what is going to happen with Carmelo Antony and the Knicks. Well, rest easy. The Carmelo Antony Trade is done. He’s going from New York to Oklahoma City per Adrian Wojnarowski:

The draft pick is only a 2nd rounder, so this isn’t such a great return for the Knicks. Kanter can score, but is not good on defense. McDermott has offensive potential and will try defensively, but has not yet lived up to his status as a lottery pick (not to mention, this will already by his 3rd team). And the pick will be a 2nd round pick (though, it’s a Bulls pick, which means it should be pretty good since Chicago projects to be awful). In other words, this is a great deal for the Thunder.

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A funny thing happened on the way to the Forum. I was 700 words into the plethora of Los Angeles Lakers tall trees heading into training camp, and the team went and signed yet another wooly mammoth—Andrew Bogut.

The basketball world last saw the aging veteran when he snapped his tibia less than a minute into his first appearance with the Cavaliers.

But lest anyone think the oft-injured vet’s partially guaranteed deal is just an insurance policy, ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reports the Lakers are “planning on him being a big part of the team.” Continue Reading…

Is Dwyane Wade the Lakers’ penultimate step?

You can’t always go for the juggernaut right away. To make the critical strike in a game of chess, you have to be thinking ahead and make some set up moves before unleashing that power punch. When high jumping, the approach is essential, but it’s that penultimate step, the last step before the one you jump from, that’s more important than any of the others. A similar approach is needed when teambuilding in the NBA.

When the Lakers are recruiting big name players, like LeBron James, they now have some of these set up moves ready to leverage. Not only is there the allure of a storied franchise and the big market of Los Angeles ever a component of their pitch. Now the Lakers will be able to point to some young studs in Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, both of which have legitimate shots of being great players. Lonzo in particular looks to be a transcendent playmaker who very well may be THE most fun player to play alongside when it’s all said and done after the 2017-18 season. Continue Reading…

The 2016-17 Lakers got off to a surprising 10-10 start, allowing the more optimistic fans amongst us to entertain the possibility of Luke Walton hoisting the Coach of the Year Award after an improbable playoff push. Then the clock struck midnight, with the Lakers losing 31 of their next 41, turning a season that began with such positivity into yet another year where many of us prayed to the NBA Lottery gods while cursing every April victory.

So what happened? And how does it impact the 2017-18 season? The answer lies in the lineup data below: Continue Reading…