The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a huge step in addressing one problem this season as they’ve become a top-10 defensive team. The issue has become their offense, where they’re bottom-three in the NBA averaging an even 100 points per 100 possessions.
It doesn’t take much digging to find the obvious culprit. The Lakers are last in the league from beyond the arc, shooting just 31 percent from downtown. They’re 24th in the league in attempts per game at 26.3.
You don’t have to go much further to find the next glaring problem, with the Lakers ranking last in free-throw shooting percentage as well at 70.2 percent. This isn’t a matter of tactics, rotations or otherwise. Raw shooting woes have absolutely shorted the Lakers on wins this season.
Lakers president of basketball operations Magic Johnson has seen enough, and during his Connected With... interview on Spectrum SportsNet, made it clear there’s going to be a shot doctor to bring the Lakers’ shooting back to life this summer.
“We're bringing a shot doctor on board anyway, we're last in three-point shooting as a team, so it's not just Lonzo,” Magic said when asked about the potential of hiring someone to work with Lonzo Ball on his shooting mechanics.
“When we wanted to bring on a shooting coach, before this season, Luke didn't think we needed it. But it's not going to be his choice this year. We're bringing one in, and after this season, we need one. It's going to be really good for our team. Not just for Lonzo, but everybody,” Magic said.
Considering how far down the Lakers have fallen in that department, the front office should see a return on investing in some help in that area almost immediately.
*All quotes transcribed via Spectrum SportsNet