There are some valuable basketball lessons to be learned from what we are witnessing from this year's Lakers. Valuable information with regards to team chemistry and how some talent complements itself and naturally meshes, and how sometimes it does the exact opposite. When you introduce a dynamic playmaker like Lonzo Ball to a new team and he immediately acts as a catalyst and makes everyone seem better - it becomes easy to assume that if you put Lonzo on a team with even better talent, NBA starting level talent, and that team will also become that much better.
What worked at UCLA and also in Summer League was that Lonzo had a bunch of catch and shoot guys around him who knew their roles. They let Lonzo make the plays and set them up, and then hit wide open shots. Ironically, one of the Summer League guys who didn't is here in training camp (Vander Blue).Later in Summer League, Blue calmed down a bit and played within the offense and did much better.
The Lakers starters are in a similar position as Blue in Summer League. They aren't taking advantage of Lonzo setting them up...instead they are ball stopping and trying to ISO in halfcourt, which is what they're used to doing. The biggest offenders are Randle, Ingram, Deng, and to some extent Clarkson. These guys need to learn how to play through Lonzo, and to some extent, Lonzo needs to start reining them in.