The Lakers have finished seven games and are 3-4 coming out of Tuesday’s trouncing of the Detroit Pistons. They have the 27th most efficient offense, so here are 27 pieces of Lakers data to help tell the tale of the Lakers offense so far:
- LeBron James’ fourth highest player comparison based on his play types is Brandon Ingram.
- Brandon Ingram’s top 5 player comps are Dennis Smith Jr., Kyrie Irving, Iman Shumpert, Devin Harris, and Ish Smith. That should tell you a little about how the team has used Ingram so far.
- Ingram is spending 57% of his possessions as a pick and roll ball handler, in isolation, or attacking off of handoffs (in that order).
- Brandon Ingram leads the team in offensive possessions. Lonzo Ball and Jordan Clarkson are second and third.
- BI is 6/23 pulling up. His 0.522 points per possession (PPP) in that category is low compared to his already low 0.637 PPP at Duke and 0.614 last regular season with the Lakers. It’s also about how efficient Caleb Swanigan is overall with his 0.556 PPP, which makes him the game’s 11th least efficient player.
- Mr. Ball is 1/9 on open catch and shoot jumpers and Ingram is 0/6.
- Lonzo is second to last (389th of 390 players) in the league in Created Points Over Expectation. Lonzo is scoring 4.4 points per game less than an average player would be expected to score on the same shots.
- The UCLA product is 5th in the league in assists off of drives per game with 2.1 and has the lowest turnover percentage of any of the top 60 players in drive assists per game.
- The rookie is 74th in the NBA in Points Over Expectation, second among all rookies.
- Jayson Tatum is currently Josh Hart’s top player comparison.
- The 5 Lakers players with positive Points Over Expectation are: Julius Randle, Kyle Kuzma, Jordan Clarkson, Josh Hart, and Brook Lopez.
- Mr. Kyle best floater PPP among power 5 conference players Kuzma is shooting 7/10 on that shot and has the NBA’s most efficient floater so far.
- Kuzma is the top rookie in the NBA by Points Over Expectation, and ranks 56th among all players
- Only 5 of Kyle Kuzma’s 22 catch and shoot 3-pointers have been open shots. He’s 6/17 (35.3%) on contested 3s.
- The Lakers as a team are shooting just 28.8% on OPEN catch and shoot 3-point shots this regular season
- The Lakers are last in jump shooting efficiency, last in catch and shoot efficiency, and third worst in pull up efficiency.
- The team is shooting 45.2% on 3-pointers in transition, 23.5% from pick and roll ball handlers, 26.2% spotting up, 25% from roll men, 50% (2/4) in isolation, 28.6% off of handoffs, and 46.2% (6/13) off of screens.
- Last season, Clarkson was in the 91st percentile by PPP scoring off of screens. Ingram was in the 92nd percentile, Ball in the 81st (at UCLA), and Josh Hart in the 99th percentile (at Nova).
- This season, Clarkson has had 7 off screen possessions (out of his 102 total) and the rest of those three players have had 1 combined possession.
- The Lakers are 2nd in percentage of offensive possessions in transition at 19.6%, only behind Golden State.
- LA has the third worst Created Points Over Expectation on half court possessions of any team. We’d expect an average team to score 8.8 points more per game in their half court possessions.
- The Lakers have the 6th highest expected PPP based on their play type breakdown. This means that if they converted at an average rate for every possession they’d have the 6th most efficient offense.
- The Lakers have had 13 baseline out of bounds possessions so far. They’ve scored 2 points.
- LA passes the 8th least of any team and have the 5th highest assist/pass ratio.
- The Lakers (280.3 passes) are passing 66.6 times less per game than the league leading 76ers (346.9 passes).
- The team has the fifth lowest adjusted offensive rebounding percentage at 33.7%. This is looking only at contested rebounds. So when LA is in those man on man situations they’re losing those battles.
- The Lakers have run more than any team in the league at 18.07 miles per game and have the second highest average speed on offense. They’re only 8th highest in distance ran, but their defense leads the league with 8.57 miles run per game.