我基本上已经放弃了寻找更多资料，我也不知道他是否变得越来越好。一方面来说，他的投射在这赛季得到了提升。这是他成为一名真正独一无二的球员的最佳时刻，但当褪去鲍尔这层表现后，我们还得看得更加深入。最近，他在攻防转换时表现得更加稳定(竖起大拇指)，但就像The Athletic的记者Pete Zayas表达出的不满那样，这些也暴露出了鲍尔在基本功上的各种缺陷(紧张地用拇指拉着领子)。这是我最担心的事情，郎佐对篮球训练的风格和态度都是很独特的，他也一直在与这两者相适应的球队打球。但是，我们有理由怀疑，他的老师(可能是拉瓦尔)是否对细节一丝不苟。我的回答是“不”，这意味着要达到NBA级别还有很多需要学习的东西，这并不容易。我很佩服某些人，能够有勇气大声且很有自信地说这不需要3年而只需要3个月。最终评级：C
Lakers Report Card: Individual grades at the season’s quarter pole
I wasn’t the only one heading into the season who figured the Lakers could be a .500 team 20 games into the season. At 11-9, that’s basically where they are. How they got here, though, has been a bit of a roller coaster. A 2-5 start, followed by a 9-2 run, punctuated by a second loss to the Orlando Magic and a blowout in Denver.
The Lakers have struggled to find that sweet spot in pace, offensive production and defensive integrity. “It’s a work in progress. This is a new group, and we’re all figuring each other out, still. So it’s what we envisioned it being. (Finding) what the reality of who we are is, and finding what works best for our group,” head coach Luke Walton said Wednesday in El Segundo.
Joel Embiid might call it a process.
Measured against fair-minded assumptions (specifically my fair-minded assumptions), the Lakers as a team have earned a solid B-. Maybe a C+. They’ve had to cover a lot of ground in a short amount of time, with a roster not exactly curated for instant success, once you get past the adding LeBron James part. It is a work in progress, as it should have been expected.
But there are team report cards, and then the same for individuals. At the quarter pole, which Lakers will want to post theirs on the fridge, and who might want to snatch his from the mailbox before mom and dad get a look?
Note: All grades are issued based on reasonable expectations (again, mine) for each player heading into the season.
Tuesday’s dud notwithstanding, The LeBron Experience has been as advertised. The raw numbers are rock solid, as are the analytics. And after some early tension when people questioned just how patient he was capable of being, James has settled in as the team has made progress on the court. James doesn’t give you 82 games of high end defense anymore, but that’s really his only concession to Father Time. He’ll eventually get a firmer grip on LeBron, but not anytime soon, it appears. GRADE: A
I’m fairly sure there are interns in El Segundo earning more than McGee. OK, maybe not, but it’s hard to conceive of the Lakers, or any team for that matter, getting more production-per-dollar than what McGee has provided. A career-high 12.7 points per game on 62.6 percent from the floor. A career-high block percentage of 8.9. A near high in PER, the best defensive rating on the team, the best offensive rating on the team. Second in offensive and defensive box plus-minus, first in our hearts. GRADE: A
Granted, he’s held to a different standard (no expectations of genuine stardom), but regardless, everything the Lakers have asked of him, Hart has provided. Of their volume 3-point shooters — Hart leads the team in triples-per-minute and is third on a nightly basis with 4.6 attempts per game — he’s the most consistent. Hart’s ability to body up on any player of any size (especially larger forwards) has helped turn the tide on that side of the floor. He’s technically not part of every top two-man group the Lakers have, measured by net rating, but it sure seems that way. The only real concern is an ankle injury limiting him over the last week. GRADE: B+
He’s provided everything you could expect from an 18-year veteran. But it’s less about his play than his presence. With Chandler, the Lakers no longer have to run out small lineups every time McGee leaves the floor. Armed with options, Luke Walton has been able to shore up the team’s defense and rebounding. They upgraded personnel with Chandler’s signing while eliminating one of the team’s biggest problems. GRADE: B
His leadership and communication skills (along with a wholly unsustainable 42.9 percent mark from downtown) have been invaluable, and the team’s ball movement has suffered with him out of the lineup. In the six games Rondo has missed with a broken hand, the Lakers have averaged 18.67 assists vs. 26 in the 14 previous. (That includes the three Rondo missed while suspended, but I’m only willing to do so much math.) Pace and offensive efficiency have plummeted, as well. Rondo has missed almost half the team’s games, with more to come. GRADE: B-/C+
While he hasn’t exactly been an overwhelmingly positive force overall, Stephenson is hitting from distance (38 percent, just off his career best) and generally playing offense about as efficiently as he’s ever done it. His energy and scoring off the bench have been handy at times. I suspect the coaching staff also gets that queasy feeling of possible disaster felt by many Lakers fans when Stephenson plays — November trends indicate a regression to the mean — but overall his first 20 games as a Laker have been better than I expected. And at 16 minutes a game, nobody is overdoing it. GRADE: B-/C+
A lot has been made of how Ingram’s output jumps with LeBron off the floor, but the net rating of that combo has improved over the last 10 games and should continue getting better. Ingram has had to adjust to a roster featuring James as a primary ball handler and scorer, as well as the loss of bigs critical to the spacing that allowed him to thrive last season. The floor looks different, at least partially explaining the increase in shots from 10-16 feet and diminished efficiency at the rim. But despite the shift in context, Ingram’s per-minute numbers aren’t crazy different than a year ago. No marked improvement, no scary decline, while doing something that was also hard for Dwyane Wade. Ingram remains, all at once, a pile of obvious potential with numbers showing he’s yet to be a consistently productive and efficient NBA player. For the Lakers to thrive, he needs to be better. GRADE: C+
I’ve basically given up trying to find comps, nor do I have a real handle on whether he’s getting better or not. On the one hand, his shooting has improved this season. His best moments point to a genuinely unique player, but they have to be found between stretches where Ball fades into the wallpaper.
Recently, he’s been attacking opposing defenses with much more consistency (thumbs up), but as this great breakdown from The Athletic’s Pete Zayas shows, those drives have also revealed all sorts of flaws in Ball’s fundamentals (nervously pulls on collar with thumb). This, more than anything, is the stuff I find alarming. Lonzo’s basketball training was incredibly specific in terms of style and ethic, and he always played on teams tailored to both. But it’s fair to wonder if his teacher (that would be LaVar) was a stickler for the details. I’m going with “no,” meaning there’s a lot of learning to be done at the NBA level, which isn’t easy. I admire the moxie of anyone willing to loudly and confidently predict what it looks like in three months, let alone three years. GRADE: C
Last season, the Lakers got a ton of mileage from the $18 mil spent on the former Pistons hyphenate, as Caldwell-Pope established career highs in field goal and 3-point shooting. $12 mil clearly doesn’t buy as much. KCP is hitting a career worst 36.4 percent of his shots, and a near-worst 31.4 percent from downtown. There was a stretch earlier this month where it looked like KCP was turning a corner, but it didn’t last. He’s missed 16 of his last 20 shots over three games, including a chance at a game-winner against Orlando at Staples. There have been good moments defensively and a 95-percent mark from the line earns him some love, but overall it’s been ugly. GRADE: D+
Ivica Zubac, Johnathan Williams, Michael Beasley, Svi Mykhailiuk. None of these guys have played enough to merit grading, though Svi comes the closest and has looked overmatched … about what you’d expect from a late second-round pick in his rookie year. That Zubac is in this group says more about his development than his actual play. Williams performed admirably for a couple of games before Chandler came aboard.