Led by the dynamic duo of LeBron James and Anthony Davis, the Lakers are off to a great start to this season. Los Angeles has racked up an impressive 19-3 record through the early stages of this campaign, and they’ve won 12 of their last 13 games. Things are certainly looking up for the Lake Show, but the team has a few issues that might need to be addressed.
The long ball:
With James and Davis in the frontcourt, the Lakers have no problem scoring in the paint. However, Los Angeles is currently ranked 22nd in three-pointers made. They’re knocking down 10.7 shots from the perimeter per outing, which is less than the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers. As far as their percentage from range, though, the Lakers are near the middle of the pack (13th at 36.1 percent). Despite this fact, Los Angeles is still winning, and they’re 12th in overall points scored (112.3 per game).
On the break:
NBA teams are always looking to capitalize on fast break opportunities, as it often leads to transition points. Somewhat surprisingly, the Lakers are currently ranked 28th in fast break points allowed. Los Angeles is giving up 15.5 such points per contest. The only teams allowing more are the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets.
Conversely, the Lakers are 3rd in fast break points scored.
At the stripe:
Ah, yes… free-throw shooting. The aspect of the game that every coach drills into their players from a young age. Without a doubt, it’s an important part of a winning mentality, but the Lakers have struggled with accuracy from the charity stripe through the early stages of this season. In fact, they’re currently 27th in that department at 73.4 percent as a team.
To be fair, the Lakers roster is not loaded with guys who are known as knock-down free-throw shooters. Even James, one of the greatest players to ever dribble a basketball, has a career average of 73.6 percent from the stripe. The King is holding a 70.0 percent mark this season. Davis, on the other hand, is shooting a career-high 86.2 percent from the free-throw line.
These statistical figures are not an indictment against the Lakers, as they are playing great basketball. They are simply areas that the team can improve on in their quest to claim the Larry O’Brien Trophy.