Making videos is usually an exercise in epiphany, procrastination, & self-loathing, with my eyes glazing over at the monotony of watching clip after clip in hopes of creating a final product that’s informative and entertaining.
This is not one of those times.
I spent last weekend watching over 1,000 assists from LeBron James, Lonzo Ball, & Rajon Rondo for a piece at The Athletic where I examined how their individual passing talents can coalesce into a singular entity that dismantles defenses across the league.
I expect the Lakers to run fewer set plays next season because of this trio. Rondo led the New Orleans Pelicans to the fastest pace in the league last season, which is where the Lakers ranked when Lonzo was healthy.
Basically, between 48 minutes of feverish tempo at the point guard position and LeBron’s individual talents in the half court, the Lakers are poised to rely upon playmakers to create open shots more than a well-oiled offensive system.
As is abundantly apparent in the video below, the collective ability to process information and find the open man between the trio is off of the charts. For the first time in NBA history, a team has 3 players who were in the Top 10 in assists per game last season, and watching that come together should be a ton of fun.
Can the season start already?