Metta World Peace is not a great basketball player. Ron Artest was a pit bull on defense who could score with the best of them. Metta is not very consistent and looks lost on the floor. If the Lakers are going to make a serious run this year we need to see less World Peace.
World Peace is currently averaging less than 5 points per game and less than 3 rebounds per game. More concerning, he is shooting 32% from the field and 17% for three. His free throw percentage has also dropped to 55% this season.
His defense has slipped as well, he used to be counted on to shut down the opponents best player. Now he has trouble staying with an average reserve. The Lakers need to put out a missing person report and find Ron Artest or the Lakers can't make a serious run this year.