January 5, 2013

FIxing the Lakers

Filed under: Uncategorized — wwinston @ 11:28 am

The Lakers are going to have trouble making the playoffs.
Even a slight improvement in their performance could determine whether the
Lakeshow makes the playoffs. First of all, let’s note that the Lakers have not
played that badly: They have played 2.4 ppg better than average. How can this
level of play be improved?

First we note two important facts:

1. 
The Lakers have played (957 minutes) 11.4 ppg better than average with
Metta and Kobe in.

2. With at least one of Kobe and
Metta out (584 minutes) the Lakers have played a horrible 12 ppg worse than
average.

The key issue is how to better rest the key guys.  The following strategies have been
successful.

1. With Kobe out in 48 minutes the following has played 28
ppg better than average: Meeks, Metta, Jamison, Duhon or Morris  and Gasol or Howard. I also think Nash for Meeks
or Duhon would work well here.

2. With Metta out the following has played in 40 minutes 36
ppg better than average:  Howard, Kobe,
Meeks, and 2 of Jamison, Hill, Duhon and Nash.

 

I think the moral here is Jamison does not deserve so many
DNP’s!

4 Comments »

  1. THE LAKERS NEED TO FIRE MIKE DIANTONI! HE HAS NO IDEA WHAT TO DO WITH THIS TEAM! THEY CANNOT OUTSCORE YOUNGER TEAMS IN THE LEAGUE! TRADE PAU GASOL AND GET AT LEAST 2 GOOD YOUNG PLAYERS(A BIG,AND A GUARD) CHRIS DUHON DOES NOT FIT LAKER QUALITY OF PLAY. THIS TEAM NEEDS TO PLAY INSIDE OUT,AND FIND A COUPLE OF GUARDS THAT CAN KEEP THE YOUNGER FASTER GUARDS IN FRONT OF THEM. STEVE NASH CAN RUN THE OFFENSE AND GET OTHERS OFF BUT,HE CANNOT HELP YOU ON THE DEFENSIVE END,AND THAT IS WHAT WE NEED RIGHT NOW DEFENSIVE INTENSITY! THE OFFENSE WILL TAKE CARE OF ITSELF! COME ON PEOPLE THIS IS THE NBA,AND THESE GUYS ARE GETTING PAID AMAZING SALARIES! THE NEXT MAN UP RULE APPLIES IF YOU ARE ON PAYROLL!

    Comment by KP — January 10, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

  2. The post was a bit confusing as written, but I think I have sorted through it.

    When you say, “than average,” I assume you mean average for the NBA and not average for the Lakers, is that right?

    And because you just mention the Lakers’ ppg, and we don’t know how many points the Lakers are giving up in those blocks of time, it’s hard for us to really conclude that the Lakers are better off with Kobe and Metta in. Do you happen to have numbers using +/-?

    In fact, just to make sure I’ve got it, are you saying:

    o The Lakers play 11.4 ppg better than the NBA average when both Kobe and Metta are on the floor.

    o When either Kobe or Metta is on the bench, the Lakers drop to 12 ppg less than the NBA average.

    o When sitting Kobe, the best players to have on the floor are: Meeks, Metta, Jamison, Duhon (or Morris) and Gasol (or Howard) because they play 28 ppg better than the NBA average.

    o When sitting Metta, the best players to have on the floor are: Howard, Kobe, Meeks, Jamison (or Hill), and Nash (or Duhan), because they play 36 ppg better than the NBA average.

    Is that right?

    At any rate, VERY interesting data; thanks.

    Comment by Basketballogy — January 11, 2013 @ 12:59 am

  3. Sorry for confusiom, but you got it right. I will be more careful next time

    Comment by wwinston — January 11, 2013 @ 10:28 am

  4. Thanks for sorting me out, and again thanks for the research and posting. Basketball stuff like this is very interesting to me.

    Comment by Basketballogy — January 15, 2013 @ 12:40 pm

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