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Player Grades: Lakers vs. Sixers

Assessing every Lakers player’s performance from the team’s 138-94 loss to the Sixers.

Los Angeles Lakers v Philadelphia 76ers Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Well, that was awful.

There really isn’t any way to sugarcoat a nearly 50-point loss like the Lakers suffered to the Sixers on Monday. You could take the glass-half-full approach and note that the team had only eight players available and had been playing well leading up to this result, but that doesn’t completely cover the ground for a loss this big.

Blowouts like this require two parties to cooperate. The Lakers were bad on both ends, but the Sixers also shot at an unsustainable level. Unfortunately for the Lakers, the regression to the mean didn’t come in the 48 minutes on Monday and the Sixers finished just one made 3-pointer short of their franchise record of 23.

Oof.

Let’s grade the loss. As always, grades are based on expectations for each player. A “B” grade represents the average performance for that player.

Max Christie

26 minutes, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 3-6 FG, 0-3 3PT, -16

It was a coming-back-down-to-Earth performance from Christie on Monday. On top of struggling offensively, he also was largely ineffective defensively, albeit against one of the best guards in the league this season in Tyrese Maxey.

For him, it’s the types of ups and downs you’d expect from a second-year player. It just came on a night when everyone else joined him in a down performance.

Grade: C

LeBron James

30 minutes, 18 points, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 8-12 FG, 1-1 3PT, 1-2 FT, -30

This is one of those types of games where the numbers largely look fine for LeBron, but he wasn’t impactful. For one, a number of his baskets came with the Lakers already down big. For two, he wasn’t credited with a rebound, the first time he’s finished a game without a rebound since 2010.

He just didn’t bring the energy he has most of this season, which would be fine in a vacuum from your 38-year-old starter.

Grade: C-

Anthony Davis

32 minutes, 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block, 7-14 FG, 3-5 FT, -13

Ironically, I thought AD was one of the only Lakers to come with the requisite level of energy and execution on the night. He was aggressive from the start and set a tone that absolutely nobody else followed.

That being said, he wasn’t the defensive monster he had been this year but he was matched up with the Joel Embiid. His aggressiveness allowed him to draw two early fouls on Embiid that...amounted to nothing. Which is kind of a great summary of the night.

Grade: B-

Taurean Prince

29 minutes, 11 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 4-8 FG, 3-6 3PT, -26

Aside from the third quarter when he suddenly couldn’t miss but the Lakers were in such a big hole, it was a completely impactless performance from Prince. And I’m not really giving much credit to a whole bunch of empty stats when the game was already gone.

If it wasn’t for a host of wings being injured, Prince would likely have long been benched.

Grade: D

D’Angelo Russell

24 minutes, 12 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 5-10 FG, 1-2 3PT, 1-2 FT, -8

If you really value plus-minus, D’Lo led the team in that stat tonight. Though, if no one finishes in the positive, is it just minus instead of plus-minus?

Anyway, Russell was like so many other players. Empty stats and a general bleh level of play with a porous defensive effort that allowed the Sixers to jump out to a monster lead.

Grade: C-

Austin Reaves

29 minutes, 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 4-10 FG, 1-4 3PT, 3-3 FT, -19

Of all the Lakers who had disappointing performances, something about Reaves’ stood out the most to me on the night. Perhaps it’s because he has the ball more than most but he just looked off all night.

Again, in a vacuum, that would be fine. On a night when everyone else does, that is either really bad luck or indicative of a team not having the right mentality.

Grade: D

Christian Wood

22 minutes, 6 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 3-9 FG, 0-5 3PT, -15

Another pretty woeful performance from Wood, who has also had highs and lows off the bench this year. It’s also probably time to worry about his 3-pointer.

Over the last nine games, he’s shooting just 3-21 from the 3-point line, good for 14.3%. He’s a career 37.7% shooter, so there’s probably some positive regression coming, but it’s in bad shape right now.

Grade: D

Jaxson Hayes

19 minutes, 7 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3-6 FG, 0-2 3PT, 1-1 FT, -33

The Lakers tried some AD-Hayes lineups in the first half tonight that were really bad. That pairing had a net rating of -19 in those first half minutes. That’s not Hayes’ fault entirely, but too many nights, it feels like he just can’t stay on the floor against decent teams.

Grade: D-

Jalen Hood-Schifino

11 minutes, 2 assists, 0-3 FG, 0-2 3PT, -17

JHS got some rare minutes in the first half with rotation guys. He promptly missed an open 3-pointer, so he fit right in!

It would be interesting to see him get some more minutes with the rotation guys so long as they’re short-staffed. He at least offers some defense and another ball handler to lessen some of the playmaking burden Austin Reaves has had.

Grade: C

Maxwell Lewis, D’Moi Hodge, Alex Fudge

The two-way guys saw time today, but collectively didn’t do much. Hodge hit a 3-pointer, Lewis had a rebound and they combined for three turnovers. For their sake, I won’t grade garbage time.

Friday’s inactive: Jarred Vanderbilt, Gabe Vincent, Rui Hachimura, Cam Reddish, Colin Castleton

You can follow Jacob on Twitter at @JacobRude.

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