The Los Angeles Lakers are going to wake up today the same way all of us will and when it comes time to start their day they will put their pants on the same way each of us do: one leg at a time.
They have an established 10-man rotation and unfortunately for the team and their fans, oftentimes they play basketball the way they put their pants on, the same way each of us do.
Don’t be fooled by the 10-5 record, the Lakers have won a lot of games against inferior opponents and four of their five losses have come against playoff teams (Chicago, Denver, Portland, Los Angeles).
The Lakers have been doing a few things well, however. They are fifth in the league in assists per game and points against while grabbing the league’s second-most rebounds per game.
Big picture: They are clearly struggling on the offensive end in the paint (despite having two “dominant” big men) and behind the three-point line. They are not getting to the free-throw line as often as they had in the past and when Kobe is not locked in, the team is not locked in.
Factoring in the shortened training camp, the changes to the roster and the coaching staff, and the condensed schedule, I will cut the team some slack and give them a B- through 15 games.
Here are individual grades for the guys in the 10-man rotation.