That's assuming that Howard and Nash aren't going to score more in an offense that caters to them. In addition to that, once Dwight and Nash hit the spot with P&R, Gasol will average more than ten a night.
2012 Heat - 98.5 PPG
2007 Spurs - 98.5 PPG
2006 Heat - 99.9 PPG
2005 Spurs - 96.2 PPG
2004 Pistons - 90.1 PPG
Teams can win championships scoring under 100 PPG...they just have to play defense. A team's scoring is higher or lower not just because of their ability (or inability) to score, but also because of their pace. If a team plays slower, using up the clock, they can still be one of the best teams in the NBA...and most efficient scoring teams...without putting up 100 every night.
Right now, the Lakers are averaging 96.5 PPG. That's with us playing six games without Nash.
EDIT: Gasol is already averaging 13.8 PPG, so yeah.
I highlighted 2 key issues with this team in your post
1) Defence, I cbf looking it up but im pretty sure were ranked in the 20's for defensive efficiency, we are terrible on the defensive end. Its what happens when we have an older team, and Pau Gasol playing the way he is. Nash coming back is not going to help our defence either. Not to mention anything Mettta does on defence is lost on the offensive end, if not a deficit.
2) "Most efficient scoring teams" when 2 guys on your starting line up are shooting a combined 24 shots at around 39%, you are not being effective nor are you going to win a championship. One of our most efficient scorers in Howard shooting 63% takes 10 shots a game. Why the hell is Metta World Peace shooting as much shots when shooting 20% less? Why is Gasol shooting 4 more shots at 20% less?
Not to mention 4 of the 5 teams you mentioned above were known as some of the best defensive teams. Pistons and Spur teams were the most boring to watch because they kept scores down in the 70's we are not capable of that. The 2012 Heat were just a juggernaut on defence and offence. The 2006 heat could score a lot still.
Back to Metta World Peace, right now Battier is about 15x better than him not only does he defend but he also can score on the other end. how many times have you seen Metta World Peace CLANG an open wide open 3 and admit it you cringe everytime you see him pull up for a shot. Not to mention the fact that he over-dribbles and does stupid decisions.
For this team to become effective Metta needs to take about 5 shots less, Pau needs to take about 6 shots less and we also need our bench to step it up or acquire pieces to be effective till then, we aint winning nada this year.
If anything considering this in the TRADE PAU GASOL, trade them both if we can. lol. Not to mention they are both not going fit in D'Antonis system.
D'Antoni is so excited about the "names" on this team, yet he doenst realise how far Pau Gasol is from being "Pau Gasol" nor does he realise the Ron Artest is gone from the league and we have 36% shooting Metta.
Edited by Lakers4Life, November 14, 2012 - 07:25 PM.