If you were to busy to read any sort of news about the Laker’s Summer League, then we have the article for you! Eric Pincus breaks it down for you on HOOPSWORLD.COM…
Key Stats: The Lakers matched up well statistically with their opponents with most major categories relatively close. The team’s rudimentary version of the triangle offense led to a solid 15.6 apg but only 82.2 ppg. Unfortunately LA gave up 87.8 ppg which can partially be blamed on poor defensive rotations (specifically on the perimeter). While the Lakers were only able to hit 35.0% of their three point shots, their opponents shot an impressive 50.8%.
Highlights: Opening night for the Lakers and they’re down by a point in the closing seconds. The set play fails and the team is forced to scramble. Jordan Farmar drives and kicks to a wide open Javaris Crittenton who calmly nails the three. Lakers beat the Milwaukee Bucks 66-64, Crittenton hitting the game winner in his very first game representing the Los Angeles Lakers.
Standout Player: Crittenton stood out as the best player on the floor in most games. He averaged 17.0 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. Leaving out the limited minutes he played against the Philadelphia 76ers, Crittenton averaged a gaudy 21.3 ppg at a 52.5% clip. He proved he could take over games offensively, scoring in bunches. His prior experience playing in the triangle offense (high school) served to his advantage. Instead of laboring to find his spots in a complicated offense, Crittenton was just able to go to work. Much of his scoring came through improvisation. It’ll take some time to see how he adjusts the full fledged system the team will run in October, but Crittenton showed enough for many to realize the Lakers got a steal with the 19th pick in the draft. Crittenton was named to the Las Vegas Summer League All-Star Team.