With the quarter point of the season officially past us, it’s probably safe to say the Lakers are both indeed really good and legitimate title contenders. But, which individual players have been the most impressive, surprising and disappointing thus far?
Our hosts discussed all that and more on this week’s episodes.
Talk O’ Tuesday
The Alex’s spend the majority of this week’s show making their case on who has been more impressive between LeBron James and Anthony Davis (not that it really matters), and contextualizing why a couple of names continue to underwhelm during the early stages of the season.
Also discussed are expectations for the team’s upcoming road trip, the really difficult stretch after that and MLB hot stove predictions.
Locked on Lakers
Pete and I started this episode by bickering about which of our all-time teams would win if they played each other. We just can’t help but get competitive.
There were actually a couple topics about the team that struck us as interesting, though, starting with the rotation Frank Vogel now has to figure out with Avery Bradley on the verge of return from injury. Having too many playable guards is obviously the right kind of problem to have, but given the way the Lakers have been rolling lately, Vogel might not want to mess too much with a good thing.
From there, we shifted our attention to the team’s offense, and how pick and rolls went from an early-season frustration to a big reason why the offense has progressed. At the beginning of the year, we asked why the Lakers were running so few Davis-James pick and rolls. We had an explanation at the time, and it appears that analysis has actually come to fruition.
We wrapped up the show with a question from the iTunes mailbag about the different ways Kawhi Leonard, Brandon Ingram and Kyle Kuzma were/have been developed.
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