Hey People!! New to the Laker Nation Forum...but felt compelled to chime in on the apparent misusage of Josh Hart. Is anyone else feeling this way?
Maybe his ankle is more injured than we know and they're trying to give him a chance to heal up before they turn him loose, but it sure doesn't look like he's getting the burn he deserves out there, considering how effective he is in relatively small samples.
Advanced stats say that two of the Lakers top three lineups involve J Hart in the mix. This isn't a real well written article but he refers to the lineups in here... https://www.sbnation...mes-stats-score
Advanced numbers also say that the team functions best at +12.7 when Tyson Chandler is on the court and Josh Hart secondly at +11.2 for every 100 possessions he's on the court. I've followed LeBrons career very closely since before day one, and though he's been highly effective this season, the team has just a +4 point advantage in on/off court rating when he's played. We know Brons been good. We can feel the difference that Chandlers made defensively and with his leadership. But how come people, particularly Luke Walton, isn't feeling what Josh Hart brings to the game when the numbers speak so clearly to it?
Another individual rating called Offensive rating says that Hart has been the 3rd most effective Laker on that end of the court, and his Defensive rating places him as LA's 4th best defender of the players who've played over 500 minutes on the season.
Win Shares is a stat that tries to quantify how much a guy effects a teams chances of winning ballgames. He's #3 on the Lakers in that metric trailing only James and the surprisingly effective McGee per 48.
And anyone who's ever watched LeBron James play basketball, knows that it's smart to place shooters around the 3 point arch to stretch the floor next to him. No player on the Lakers current roster comes close to matching Hart in this category. Nearly 64% of Josh Harts attempted field goals come from beyond the arc! KCP matches the modern prototypical 3 and D guy and he ony uses 57% of his attempts for the 3 ball... So Hart is a committed long distance shooter. He gets 9 three balls up every 100 possessions and he's far from the first oprtion...He's also the most accurate shooter they have. At just under 40% from deep he leads everyone but Rajon Rondo who sits at 43%, though he's never had a whole season that exceeded 38%, while Hart was at .396 as a Rookie and at .396 at the time of this post... So Harts LA's best option from deep without question...
Here are the current stats from the best basketball website on the planet...https://www.basketba...s/LAL/2019.html
Like I mentioned, maybe the mans ankle's a little tender still, or perhaps the Lakers have instructed Walton to keep Ingram and Ball on court as much as possible to shop them to perspective teams which has kept the deserving Hart from seeing the floor much. But if I were him, I'd be scratching my head trying to figure out why I'm not playing more. Maybe the 4th quarter comeback versus San Antonio and the great Coach Popovich will wake Luke up a little bit but something ain't right!
Anybody else feel like this man Josh Hart should see more court time?