How to calculate the Lakers rotation from a Lakers perspective
I was thinking that if the Lakers were able to trade for a player like Andrew Bogut (the league’s sixth-ranked defender and second-ranked player overall), they would have a very good chance of acquiring a second-tier player to fill Bogut’s shoes.
This was before the Lakers traded for Jordan Clarkson in January.
So, if I was the Lakers, I figured, well, if they want to trade Bogut, they should get a player that will help them win games, not someone who might help them make the playoffs.
This is the logic I was going to use to determine the Lakers’ rotation from the Lakers perspective, and it’s one I’ve used before.
The Lakers finished with the second-best defense in the NBA, and they’ve had the second best offense.
However, that’s not to say they’re not capable of winning games.
They’ve won more than 40 percent of their games this season, and that percentage is the highest in the league.
So the Lakers should be able to contend, right?
I don’t think they can.
It’s not as if the other teams are better than them, either.
I can’t be the one who says, “Well, I think the Lakers have the best defense in basketball.”
The Lakers defense is not as good as it needs to be.
That doesn’t mean the Lakers shouldn’t be able win games.
But if you are going to be the team that can win a title, you should have the most talented roster you can find, right?!
So let’s go through the Lakers lineup and how it should be different from the rotation the team put together last season.
First, let’s look at the top three scorers: Klay Thompson, Kobe Bryant, and Draymond Green.
These are the three players who will be competing for the most minutes.
They’re the three that are expected to provide the best contributions to the Lakers offense, which is why they’re the primary players on the floor.
I also went ahead and included a defensive player on the roster to be able compare this roster to last year’s.
You may be asking yourself, “Wait, are these players actually worse?
That’s not fair.”
Yes, but I’m not looking to say that they’re necessarily worse, just that their roles aren’t the same.
Let’s look first at what each of the players are capable of doing.
Thompson, the best offensive player on this roster, has shown he can score, create, and defend on both ends of the floor during his career.
He has been able to contribute offensively to every team he’s played for, which includes a trip to the NBA Finals and a championship with the Warriors in 2015.
When he’s not scoring or creating, he’s a terrific defender who is not afraid to use his physical stature to take advantage of mismatches on the perimeter.
Bryant, the team’s best defensive player, can take over the offensive end of the court and help set up the rest of the team with his quickness and quickness to the basket.
When healthy, Bryant is a great player for the Lakers.
He’s also a good scorer, which has helped him become a star for the Warriors and the Lakers this season.
Green is a terrific rebounder who can create his own shot, which can help him out in the pick and roll.
Green also can get to the rim and create offense, something the Lakers desperately need to do to compete in the Western Conference.
If you add the two players to this rotation, the Lakers will be able average more than 100 points per game.
This should be the expectation of the Lakers if they were to compete for a title.
If they’re unable to win a championship, the offense will be so bad that it will force them to play in a three-point line, which makes it a lot more difficult for them to win games offensively.
That is, the better their defense, the more efficient they will be offensively.
They’ll still be able get a lot of shots, but their scoring won’t be as efficient as last year.
So how did they do in their rotation?
To answer that question, I started by taking a look at their defensive performance in their last 30 games.
For each of their last 33 games, I calculated how many points per 100 possessions they allowed on the defensive end.
Then I divided those numbers by the total minutes played per game to calculate their offensive efficiency.
So for example, if the offense allowed 100 points on the offensive glass, and the defensive glass allowed only 50, the Warriors would average an offensive efficiency of 104.5 points per 40 minutes played.
The numbers look very similar for the next 30 games, though.
So here are the Lakers starting lineups and the offensive efficiency from those games: Offensive Efficiency Lakers Defensive Efficiency Team Opponent Minutes Played Points per 100 Possessions Per 40 Minutes Opponent