Right now, Pau Gasol does not benefit the team nearly as much as he should. However, I do recall seeing a comment somewhere about how on Synergy and 82games, advanced stats display that the Lakers play better when Gasol is on the floor. I will be sure to look that up later. Otherwise, D'Antoni is providing Pau with the benefit of the doubt, as well as playing him at center with the bench unit, simultaneously allowing him post looks and offensive opportunity. I am very disappointed that he has not capitalized on this however. Can anybody tell me why Pau initiates the offense at the 3 point line then moves to the high post instead of attempting to gain post position when he plays center during bench time? Does D'Antoni's offense dictate this? Or is it just Pau?
I agree with MDI on this one. Once Nash returns, we should see how Pau plays with improved health and a top passing PG who can get him good looks. If he still does not play up to par, he should be traded. However, we still need to consider the 2014 cap situation.
This is the biggest question. I have to think it's Gasol because when Dwight is in the game, he plays in the post but when Gasol moves to the 5 when Dwight is out, Gasol receives the ball near the three point line, I just don't see why the offense would change like that so it leads me to believe it's Pau just not being assertive, which is not surprising to say the least.