The pick-and-roll (P&R) is a very simple play and is the staple of most offenses in the league. The Lakers, however, aren't like most teams. They have not been a P&R team by any stretch of the imagination. This has been partly due to the long-time use of the triangle offense, which created shots via various cuts and screens, and partly due to a lack of personnel with the skills to execute such a play. The required skill set of the ball handler is three simple qualities:
- Ability to pass
- Ability to drive and finish
- Ability to shoot off the dribble
The Lakers don't utilize the P&R much currently, and with good reason. They aren't good at it. Here is a chart showing a breakout of the four main types of half court sets the Lakers run along with the points per play that each type generates.
There are three interesting observations from the chart.
- Lakers use post-ups most
- Lakers use isolations more than P&R
- Isolations and P&Rs are very inefficient