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The Lakers Preseason Offense Is Getting out in Transition at a Historic Rate

Through the first three games of preseason, LA has 26.5% of its possessions coming from transition. 13.9% was the NBA average the last three regular seasons. As I spoke about before, we can typically expect that percentage to drop 1.28% once we hit the regular season.

If that drop happens, the Lakers will still have more than a 5% edge on the next closest team in NBA history going back until the beginning of Synergy’s databases (05-06).

We’ve never seen a team play this fast, and if the Lakers can keep it up they’ll be a very entertaining team to watch and should get some easy shots from those great transition opportunities. Continue Reading…

The waves coming in and out at the beach. A sunset. Steph Curry shooting jump shots. These are all pretty things. Andrew Bogut’s offensive Synergy profile? Not so much.

Bogut played 26 games last season for the Dallas Mavericks. He didn’t have big minutes or play a ton of games, but he had 944 touches last season, 80% the number of touches Ivica Zubac had.

If you were to pull Bogut’s Synergy data, you’d see his 0.612 points per possession scoring efficiency, which would rank him 397th of 398 players who had at least as many possessions as Bogut last season.

You’d also see that he has the highest turnover percentage of any of those 398 players at 33.3%. One out of every three possessions Bogut had was a turnover.

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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…

When most people first get a new NBA 2K game, they probably go right into playing a couple “Play Now” games, or maybe look at the rosters. They might play online or immediately fire up MyCareer mode.

I’m not most people. I played two “Play Now” games purely to check out the rosters on each team, then started a MyGM franchise so I could really dig into the Xs and Os of the game.

I had a lot of fun and felt a lot of pain going through the hundreds of plays within the 2K Play Catalog. There were some solid plays, some that were a weak side action away from being great, and a lot of awful plays.

After scouring through the Play Catalog I found 40 plays I liked. From there, I cut those 40 down to 20 plays I really liked and think you should use. Below are the play names, organized by the category you’ll find them under, and a brief attack plan for using the plays. Continue Reading…

Friend of the site and Real GM writer/Dunc’d on Podcast co-host Danny Leroux had me on his Real GM Radio podcast to talk Lakers heading into the draft. We talked a lot about Lonzo Ball, but also got into Brandon Ingram, what the goals should be for this off-season, and how it all ties into next season’s plan.

Also, as part of this pod, Danny spoke separately with Jared Weiss (Celtics) and Derek Bodner (76ers) to discuss the top of the draft and team building options for those two teams. Give the entire episode a listen by clicking through…

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One of my favorite NBA podcasts out there is Nate Duncan’s “Dunc’d On”. Nate has good knowledge on the CBA, the draft, is good with X’s and O’s, and does a good job of conveying it all to the listener.

I was happy, then, to hear that he had covered Brandon Ingram and the Lakers in a recent sitdown with Real GM’s Danny Leroux. Their talk covered a lot of ground so I wanted to make sure you, our faithful readers, got a chance to listen to it:

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Jordan Clarkson is a gym rat. Earlier this season, he actually showed up to the Lakers’ practice facility to get a workout in only to discover there was a D-Fenders game going on. Dude just lives in the gym. We got another glimpse of that this week when he took some time after an off-season session to talk about his continued efforts to improve his game and his future with the Lakers. From TWC Sportsnet:

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While Lakers’ fans bask in the afterglow of Kobe’s final game and wait on front office decisions on the head coach, the draft, and free agency it looks as if some decisions are being made for them already. Or at least one of them is as Brandon Bass has decided how he will handle his player option for the 2016-17 season.

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