The REAL Reason Why The Lakers Are SO Good (Ft. NBA LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Effort)

  • Published: 06 November 2019
  • The Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the number 1 seed in West in the NBA. The Lakers have been good, but why? #NBA #Lakers #LeBron
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    The whole Lakers team revolves around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. We know the offense both of these guys are capable of producing. They are the first Lakers duo since Shaq and Kobe to each average 25+ points per game in their first 6 games. The Lakers offense involves a lot of isolation for these two. While the Lakers are the 6th highest in isolation frequency, they are shooting 33% from the field in isolations and are the 9th worst team in scoring in iso. Putting isolations aside, the team is also shooting 31.4% from 3. In fact, if you look at the Lakers offense, they are only ranked 18th in the league. The Lakers are the best defensive team in the NBA, even better than the Jazz with Rudy Gobert. The Lakers are holding opponents to 96 points per game. In 3 out of their last 6 games, they’ve held their opponents to under 100 points. Last year the Bucks were the best defensive team with a defensive rating of 104.9 so the Lakers are holding opponents to 8 points less than the best team in defense last year. A lot of this has to do with Anthony Davis who I will get into, but it starts with LeBron James.

    LeBron James was bad defensively last year. Even before his groin injury, there’s been a trend of LeBron taking possessions off defensively. LeBron has become a defensive leader and not just in directing players. LeBron has stepped up the intensity. Of course the chasedown blocks are something we’ve seen for years. He is contesting 70% of attempts against him, up from 54% last season. Like on this possession, LeBron drops to the paint to prevent a lob to Gobert, but then runs back out to to get a good contest on the 3 point shooter. Those were plays last year that LeBron would give up on or not make the effort to run out for the contest. LeBron still has it on the defense side of the ball and with his size and lateral quickness, he can keep a lot of players in front of him if he tries, which he is doing more of. But more importantly than that is his help and team defense.

    Anthony Davis has been a defensive player of the year candidate for years and so what he is doing on the Lakers doesn’t surprise me. That being said, we can’t overlook the impact AD is having. His unique combination of a 7’ 6” wingspan with that lateral quickness, he’s a demigod. He has always had a natural timing to contesting shots, he can guard both the ball handler and the big man in a pick and roll at the same time, he just impacts everything in the paint and even midrange area. Any mistakes or miscommunications in the Lakers defense can be fixed because AD can cover for that. He’s a luxury at the highest level in basketball and I don’t want to minimize any of his impact. It’s just that we knew that AD would do this and still didn’t have the Lakers as this defensive juggernaut.

    One player that has had a resurgence is Dwight Howard. Howard has accepted his role on the team as the rebounder and rim protector. And man is he defending. The Lakers film room had this clip of what Frank Vogel wants from the defense. He wants the big men to hedge meaning step up to stop the ball handler from just having all the space, but at the same time, not step too out in front so that the ball handler can just blow by Dwight or pass over him to the roller. Dwight has been doing an amazing job at finding where he has to be on the court to defend the pick and roll. Once again, the Lakers film room did an amazing job breaking down the technicalities of this. Now let’s talk about what does show up in the stats, and that’s blocks. The Lakers lead the league in blocks right now at 8.2 per game. 3 of those come from AD, but Howard is also averaging 2.3 blocks a game in 21 minutes a game. On shots less than 6 feet from the rim, Dwight Howard is causing a drop of 14.2% field goal on those shots. For comparison, Rudy Gobert, defensive player of the year and a player known for his ability to change shots at the rim is leading to a drop of 9.6% on those same shots. What this means is that Howards is not just blocking shots, but he’s also causing the offense to have to find another way to score besides the paint. Having rim protectors like Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard mean that the Lakers guards like Danny Green and Avery Bradley who are already solid perimeter defenders can play more aggressive because even if the offense gets past them, they have the assurance of Davis and Howard protecting the paint.

    But what do you think? Can the Lakers keep this up? Who’s the early favorites for the championship?
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Comments • 1 117

    MJ2KALLDAY   1 weeks back

    Who are the favorites for the championship?
    The Lakers had a close call today 😅

    • Benedicto Lauzonll
      Benedicto Lauzonll  1 days back

      #lakers is the champ i call it

    • rogue kaiser
      rogue kaiser  4 days back

      Clippers vs rockets in the west 😂 😂

    • leapdrive
      leapdrive  5 days back

      Would grandpa Lebron have the same stamina for 82 games plus playoffs?

    • Raul Miguel
      Raul Miguel  5 days back


    • Jonalyn Concepcion
      Jonalyn Concepcion  5 days back


  • Plavio Fabio
    Plavio Fabio  49 minutes back

    Go.lakes showwww

    • Mr Oj
      Mr Oj  2 hours back

      Still early into the season but I think the Lakers got it this year

      • Daan de Kok
        Daan de Kok  3 hours back


        • John Lloyd
          John Lloyd  3 hours back

          Yeah keep talking shit at Laker
          Wait till championship imma slap it to ur face

          • KingJosh UNIVERSE
            KingJosh UNIVERSE  6 hours back

            Just few straight wins we are happy already ? warriors did it more BUT FUCK WARRIORS THEY NEED TO FORM A SUPER DUPER TEAM TO KILL LEBRON FUCK YOU WARRIORS FANS YOU DONT KNOW ABOUT BASKETBALL STUPID UGLY ASS LAKERS ARE GOING TO THE FINAAAAAALS 6peat motherfuckers other team fans

            • Michael Lieberman
              Michael Lieberman  10 hours back

              high-key bro no hate but switch up your background music to different ones each video or if you are gonna do just one dont do this one

              • Jason Wahlberg
                Jason Wahlberg  14 hours back

                If LeBron, AD, Kuzma and Howard are healthy in playoffs/finals for sure they'll won a championship.

                • Jorn Linga
                  Jorn Linga  15 hours back

                  Javale Mcgee rim protection

                  • James Case
                    James Case  16 hours back


                    • Patrick Randall
                      Patrick Randall  17 hours back

                      Why not talk about Javale McGee he’s doing a lot to

                      • Chen Sisi
                        Chen Sisi  18 hours back

                        it makes sense 👍

                        • Cash
                          Cash  18 hours back


                          • Brix Mabala
                            Brix Mabala  1 days back


                            • Don Cataldo
                              Don Cataldo  1 days back

                              LeBron knew they weren't winning anything last year. Why bust your ass all year, or after an injury, just to get beat early in the playoffs?

                              • Robert Miller
                                Robert Miller  2 days back

                                Great breakdown as always

                                • F8te Coolkid
                                  F8te Coolkid  2 days back


                                  • Kermit Washington
                                    Kermit Washington  2 days back

                                    Great video.

                                    • Stevie Ray All Day
                                      Stevie Ray All Day  2 days back

                                      Bruhhh 98 points a game rn is a great average 🤘🏼 playoffs here we come!

                                      • BlueLagoon
                                        BlueLagoon  2 days back

                                        Great sound effect at 4:30 :D

                                        • A D
                                          A D  2 days back


                                          • Nothing here
                                            Nothing here  2 days back

                                            LATE BUT BLOCK HEHEHHE

                                            • roc opb
                                              roc opb  2 days back


                                              • Carlos Petersen
                                                Carlos Petersen  3 days back


                                                • Craig Hauser
                                                  Craig Hauser  3 days back

                                                  I think the key to this team is accountability. Even Lebron would be embarrassed if he slept on defense in front of AD. AD wont tolerate teammates sleeping when he came here from NO to win. Same with Dwight. To come back to LA and embarrass himself AGAIN would be unacceptable. Players are really holding each other accountable.

                                                  • Lori Wilson
                                                    Lori Wilson  3 days back

                                                    Block #lakenation

                                                    • Booker Williams
                                                      Booker Williams  3 days back


                                                      • Baltimore Duhmmy
                                                        Baltimore Duhmmy  3 days back

                                                        Stop fucking around ppl..u heard the man SUBSCRIBE!

                                                        • Booker Williams
                                                          Booker Williams  3 days back

                                                          200 dick suckin, curry fans, disliked this video

                                                          • Chris Johnson
                                                            Chris Johnson  3 days back

                                                            So the suns good too huh they the second seat

                                                            • Mobile God Gamer
                                                              Mobile God Gamer  4 days back

                                                              whos watching this after raptors exposed them


                                                            • It's yoboysnaggin
                                                              It's yoboysnaggin  4 days back

                                                              i forgot kuzma is even on the team

                                                              • Eric Beckett
                                                                Eric Beckett  4 days back


                                                                • Joe Harris
                                                                  Joe Harris  4 days back

                                                                  Lakers are trash. Lebron is washed and is no match against the likes of OG and Siakam.

                                                                  • Gael Alvarado
                                                                    Gael Alvarado  4 days back


                                                                    • Luka Schiro
                                                                      Luka Schiro  4 days back


                                                                      • Zhengchen Su
                                                                        Zhengchen Su  4 days back


                                                                        • Tilak Patel
                                                                          Tilak Patel  4 days back


                                                                          • Fisherdanpro23
                                                                            Fisherdanpro23  4 days back

                                                                            LeBron hairline is that hairpiece that get glued on.. I'm getting one too now.. He sweats like crazy and it still stays on.. Except for that one time.. Probably becasue he didn't glue it up

                                                                            • Hanah Roa
                                                                              Hanah Roa  4 days back

                                                                              LAKERS VS CLIPPERS

                                                                              • Hammad A
                                                                                Hammad A  4 days back

                                                                                With the Chip and this performance, Lebronto is no more. It is now PascaLA. 😂

                                                                                • Yung Man Souljah
                                                                                  Yung Man Souljah  4 days back

                                                                                  😂 raptors just whoop that ass😂

                                                                                  • Calvin Wong
                                                                                    Calvin Wong  4 days back

                                                                                    The Lakers just lost to a bunch of undrafted and late round draft picks. Lakers got owned

                                                                                    • Dipson Shrestha
                                                                                      Dipson Shrestha  4 days back

                                                                                      Imagine having kyrie in this team..

                                                                                      • Dante Penniegraft
                                                                                        Dante Penniegraft  4 days back

                                                                                        It’s either the coach that’s bringing out the best in Lebron or his teammates

                                                                                        • CJ Carter
                                                                                          CJ Carter  4 days back


                                                                                          • Tori Reynolds
                                                                                            Tori Reynolds  4 days back

                                                                                            Because of all the fresh new editions they have..?

                                                                                            • YT- Weston
                                                                                              YT- Weston  4 days back