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    'LAKERS FILM JUNKIES' VIDEO (Aug-04) Lakers' Needs for 2020 Draft (2 of 3)

    We’re thrilled and excited to present the second Lakers Film Junkies video for Lakerholics by renowned NBA analyst, scout, trainer, and videographer extraordinaire Rafael Barlowe focusing on elite mobile 3-and-D wing defenders.

    Rafael’s first video covered potential first round draft picks who could be available for the Lakers to pick at the end of the first round who could fill the team’s need for a playmaker and additional floor spacer to complement LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

    In this video, Rafael looks at players who might fill the team’s need for an elite mobile wing defender who can also shoot from distance. Rafael also takes a look at a couple of young players already on the Lakers’ roster who have potential to fill the role of elite mobile wing defender.

    Rafael will follow this later this week with the third installment of the Lakers Film Junkies series when he looks at potential bigs who can stretch the floor, something the Lakers need in this age of the 3-point shooting.

    Sit back and enjoy Rafael’s second episode of Lakers Film Junkies. Best of all, there’s more to come as the Lakers head into the 2020 NBA Playoffs.

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    • Awesome stuff Rafael, I could easily see a dude like Robert Woodard coming in and making an instant impact on defense in Vogel’s scheme. Has size and speed to guard multiple positions and hold his own in the post, especially as he gets older and adds muscle and accrues experience.

    • Great job! Both Woodard and Bey look like ideal prospects for the Lakers. I love their STOCKS numbers. I also love how you included Kostas and Talen in the discussion. They both have great defensive potential if they can improve their shooting. Thanks for the time and effort to put the professional touches that distinguish all your videos. Looking forward to your video on ‘Bigs who can stretch the floor.’

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    Four Reasons Why Los Angeles Lakers Should Start Anthony Davis at Center!

    While they beat the Clippers in the Battle for LA and clinched top seed in the West versus the Jazz, the NBA restart has been a struggle for the Lakers as LeBron James has looked mortal and their 3-point shooting problematic.

    With just five regular season ‘seeding’ games left before the playoffs begin, the time may have come for Frank Vogel to shake up the Lakers’ starting lineup by replacing longtime starter JaVale McGee with Anthony Davis. While Vogel’s been steadfast in not changing his starting lineup all season, the Lakers’ lackluster play in the first three ‘restart’ games has exposed serious issues that could be better addressed now than in the playoffs.

    At the top of the list is the poor performance by the Lakers’ starting lineup of Caldwell-Pope, Green, James, Davis, and McGee, who struggled mightily and put the Lakers in deep holes at the start of games and second halves. The combination of Caldwell-Pope’s and Green’s horrid 3-point shooting and McGee’s clogging the lane on offense allowed opponents to suffocate the Lakers’ offense by doubling Davis and packing the paint against James.

    With the #1 seed in the West locked up, Frank Vogel should use the remaining five ‘seeding’ games to experiment with a new starting lineup featuring Anthony Davis at the five and possibly Kyle Kuzma at the four.

    Here are four reasons why the Lakers should start Anthony Davis at the five:


    1. The Lakers’ best lineups have been with Anthony Davis at center.

    There’s never been any question the Lakers’ best lineup is one with Anthony Davis at the five. It’s the only lineup with five players who can shoot the three and thus the ideal lineup to create spacing to unleash LeBron and AD. The win against the Jazz last night was a perfect example. After a tight battle the first 30 minutes, the Laker broke the game open midway through the third quarter when they pulled McGee and went with AD at the five.

    2. The Lakers’ worst lineups have been with JaVale McGee at center.

    The starting lineup of Caldwell-Pope, Green, James, Davis, and McGee played 34 minutes, three times more than any other 5-player lineup in the last three games, and posted a dismal -27 net rating and -21 plus/minus. They were not only outscored to start all three games but also to start the second halves. The problem is JaVale McGee, who has a dreadful -26 net rating and -21 plus/minus for the three games just suffocates the offense.

    3. Starting Anthony Davis would enable the Lakers to start Kyle Kuzma.

    The season restart has resurrected Kyle Kuzma’s future as a Laker. Kuz has posted a+10.2 net rating and +19 plus/minus for the three games while averaging 13.7 points, 4.0 boards, and 1.3 assists in 28.3 minutes per game. Besides elite defense against Kawhi and Siacom, Kuzma has also been the Lakers’ best 3-point shooter, hitting 9 of 17 threes in the first three games for 52.9%. Replacing McGee with Davis opens the door to start Kuzma.

    4. Starting Anthony Davis is the best way to unleash LeBron James.

    One of the most troublesome issues in the Lakers’ first three games has been how mortal LeBron has looked at times, primarily because opposing teams are clogging the lane to turn him into a playmaker rather than scorer. Surrounding him with four shooters has always been the formula to win championships with LeBron James. It’s time for the Lakers to remember this and start Anthony Davis at the five and open up the court for LeBron.


    No NBA team has ever faced as challenging a path to the championship as the Orlando bubble. Now is not the time for Frank Vogel to be overly patient or hesitant to make moves to solve obvious issues. It’s time for AD to start.

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    • The Lakers only have five games left to get their mojo humming in championship caliber. While I don’t expect Vogel to move AD into the starting lineup tomorrow night against the Thunder, Thursday night against the Rockets could be the perfect game to make the change. I cringe at thinking about JaVale McGee trying to guard one of the Rockets 3 point shooters beyond the arc. Lakers also need to get their long range shooting game going if they’re going to beat Houston. Time to see what Frank Vogel is made of. No way we can start McGee against the small ball Rockets.

    • It’s not gonna happen, no matter the intelligence of the reasons. Barring multiple injuries to multiple players he’ll play spot minutes at the 5. More in the playoffs.

      • He’s already playing more than ‘spot’ minutes at the five. It’s going to depend on how well JaVale plays. If he continues to struggle and the team continues to get off to slow starts, there’s a point where Vogel will make the move. In any event, AD is already playing 56% of his minutes at the five and that will likely go up to 67% by the time we reach the Finals.

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    Dwight Howard is out tonight with a sore right knee

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    NBA & NBPA pledge $300M for Black community economic empowerment

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    Virtual fans for Lakers/Thunder to be from LeBron James Family Foundation

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    NBA extends streak of spotless coronavirus testing in Orlando

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    Great defense by Alex Caruso!

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    Matchup to watch: LeBron vs. big wings

    One ongoing storyline this season has been LeBron James’ struggles against some of the league’s elite defenses. The Clippers, Bucks, Raptors, Celtics and 76ers all have long, athletic wings to throw at James, and his effective field goal percentage drops from 55% to 48% against those teams. He’s not able to isolate nearly as efficiently, with his points per iso chance falling from 1.04 (well above league average) to 0.9 (not great) in these matchups, according to Second Spectrum data.

    In his first two games in Florida, James averaged 18 points per game and shot 13-for-34 overall against the Clippers and Raptors. He bounced back against the Jazz, who are lacking perimeter depth. This is something to monitor as things progress.

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    Los Angeles Lakers

    Matchup to watch: LeBron vs. big wings

    One ongoing storyline this season has been LeBron James’ struggles against some of the league’s elite defenses. The Clippers, Bucks, Raptors, Celtics and 76ers all have long, athletic wings to throw at James, and his effective field goal percentage drops from 55% to 48% against those teams. He’s not able to isolate nearly as efficiently, with his points per iso chance falling from 1.04 (well above league average) to 0.9 (not great) in these matchups, according to Second Spectrum data.

    In his first two games in Florida, James averaged 18 points per game and shot 13-for-34 overall against the Clippers and Raptors. He bounced back against the Jazz, who are lacking perimeter depth. This is something to monitor as things progress.

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    • Another reason why the Lakers need to play AD at the five when we play teams like the Clippers, Bucks, Raptors, Celtics, and 76ers to stretch defenses and spread the floor to give LeBron more room to attack against big wing defenders. The deeper the Lakers get into the playoffs, the more we will see AD at the five. It’s inevitable if the Lakers are going to win it all.

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    Back to work today! Lakers take on the Thunder at 3:30 PM

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    Kyle Kuzma is the 5th highest in 3-Pt Shooting Percentage since restart

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    Which team could be facing the Lakers in the first round?

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    • Blazers beat Grizzlies in OT 5 days ago to even the season series at a game each and keep their dreams alive. They could now be favorites to win 2 games in the play in tourney because Grizzlies’ Jaren Jackson is out for the season. Will haveuto beat Memphis twice for three in a row to do though.

      Lakers won 2 of 3 against the Blazers and 3 of 4 against the Grizzlies.

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    Dwight Howard listed as questionable for today's Lakers game

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    McGee and Howard in the Bubble and before the Bubble!

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    • Let’s hope Vogel is willing to make the adjustment and even consider starting AD. It would improve our current poor perimeter defense and horrid 3-point shooting and allow LeBron James to attack the rim instead of being forced to become a playmaker instead of scorer.

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    1. Lack of Perimeter Defense
    2. Inferior Three-Point Shooting
    3. Smaller Role for Big Men

    Los Angeles Lakers: 3 trends to watch after 3 games

    1. Lack of Perimeter Defense
    2. Inferior Three-Point Shooting
    3. Smaller Role for Big Men

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    • FROM THE ABOVE ARTICLE:

      3. Smaller Role for Big Men

      Before the season was suspended, JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard provided a tower of strength near the basket. Together, they provided an excellent one-two punch at center, averaging nearly 36 minutes a game while contributing over 14 points and 13 rebounds plus 1.7 blocks per game.

      But since the season resumed, their roles have decreased. In the three games in Orlando, they have played 10 fewer minutes and together scored about 8 points and 9 rebounds while blocking a total of just 3 shots between them.

      The remaining time at the 5 has been absorbed by Davis, a not too surprising development. During the season Vogel wanted to protect AD from too much pounding down low. But most assumed that his minutes at center would increase in the postseason.

      It was also thought that additional minutes at power forward would be given to Morris, who can contribute not only defense and rebounding but also has the ability to score. But he reported late to the abbreviated training camp and has appeared in only two of the three games for a total of 13 minutes.

      Meanwhile, more court time is being given in these early games to players like Kuzma, who’s minutes have increased modestly by about 4 minutes a game, and Caruso, who’s up about 6 minutes. Also, Waiters is being given the opportunity to rev up all his cylinders. In the next five games, expect Smith to get more minutes to work himself into NBA game shape.

      Is a reduced role for the McGee-Howard combo merely a short-term aberration? Or is this a hint of what Vogel has planned for the postseason? It’s too soon to tell for sure, but at least in part the coach is experimenting with different player combinations while managing minutes of some of the older guys.

      We can expect that Vogel will conduct more on-court testing during the remaining 5 games. Once the playoffs begin, he will likely allocate minutes based on matchups, game situations and on how well any individual player is faring in that particular game.

      The Los Angeles Lakers do not need to reach peak performance yet. They can use the seeding games intelligently to reverse some negative trends and hopefully be ready when the postseason arrives.

      • Excellent article by Ed Schrenzel for Lake Show Life. What Lakers fans need to realize is that a big part of the solution for the first two negative trends (Lack of Perimeter Defense and Inferior Three-Point Shooting) is to see more of the the third positive trend (Smaller Role for Big Men).

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    LeBron James still having trouble adjusting to life inside NBA bubble

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    • It’s tough after spending four months with your family to suddenly spend three months isolated from them. I had thought originally that at least spouses were going to be allowed in the bubble. Maybe when the number of teams is reduced.

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    Anthony Davis wants the Lakers to win it for Kobe

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    • I’ve always felt that was a motive in the back of every member of the Lakers. Win it for Mamba. Wonder if they are still breaking huddle with 1, 2, 3, Mamba? Hope so.

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    Bubble AD playing 56% of minutes at center vs. 38% for pre-bubble AD

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    • Great stat, Vinay. This should rise to two-thirds of his minutes by the Finals. Gives teams openings to double AD and clog the lane to force LeBron to be a playmaker rather than scorer. No disrespect to JaVale, but surrounding LeBron with shooters has always been winning formula.

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