This team is placing 6th or higher.
I got a few thing you should think about.
A. Dwight Howard did not fit in MDA style. He was great on defense, but this style of play doesn't require half court defense until maybe last few mins of the 4th quarter.
Dwight actually slowed the pace of the game down too much and at the same time had no clue what do on the offense side. (Pick and Roll? He was horrible at it last season. Soft picks and hardly ever rolled strong. )
Oh so Kaman fits so well in the MDA system too. Kaman is by no means a quick guy. He can handle getting back and forth better than most centers but he's not a fast break player.
B. Metta world peace was off the charts horrible at offense at the three's. Once again though, he probably was the best wing defender. But in MDA system. Half court defense is not needed until the the last mins of the fourth quarter.
Ok but getting rid of a crappy defender and replacing him with another crappy defender doesn't solve anything. Our Defense is much much worse now.
C. Pau Gasol/Kaman will be great this year. I expect them to make TONS of assists with the shooters available. And, know when to pass or work the post. Unlike Dwight.
Really because thats what everyone said of pau and dwight. The only thing having kaman there is gonna do is give pau more reason to stay out of the post. Also Kaman isn't exactly known for his passing. Actually know as a bad passer and has trouble passing out of the post especially on double teams which is when you want to pass to a shooter outside.
D. Steve Nash will now be able to glue this team together now that Dwight is gone.
Oh thats why nash wasn't doing it last season? I thought it may have been the fact that he was always injured and couldn't do a P&R with anyone not just dwight. If we are super lucky nash will play 60 games. I would be amazed if he plays that much.
Who right now is projected to be out till december and even after that who knows what he will even be able to do. The under exaggeration of his injury is shocking. Possibly one of the worst injuries you can get and at his age.
Overall. Expect during crunch time in close games. Lakers will then start half court defense. Interesting, how it will turn out.
This team is gonna be like Golden State with more experience in the playoffs.
The Lakers are now officially a "run and gun outshoot you team" with experience at half court offense (Kobe,Pau,Nash) during close crunch games.
I also don't believe Golden State will do as well with Iggy. The lost of Jarret Jack was HUGE. If any of you guys who watched GS last year know for a fact this
guy was such a vital piece as a backup and running the offense. Plus, the countless momentum shots season and in playoffs.
GS has young high tempo players who are some of the best shooters in the game. Also had curry who had a record 3 point shooting season. We are nothing like that team In any way.
We are not a run and gun team. We are still a old team with injury prone players. Pau and kaman cannot do the run and gun.