Lakers Rumors: Why L.A. Must Avoid Adding Another PG with Steve Nash Sidelined
With Steve Nash being injured some might want to argue that the Lakers need to rush out and sign a new point guard, arguing that their current stable of five point guards is insufficient.
Over the last 60 years, the Los Angeles Lakers have arguably been the best-managed team in all of American professional sports. Don't expect them to panic and go out and get a new point guard.
According to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan:
Despite the availability of Delonte West and Derek Fisher, the Lakers don't plan to add a point guard while awaiting Nash's return from a small fracture in his left leg that will sideline him anywhere from one to four weeks.
This is smart for two reasons. First, it shows a confidence in the players they have right now, and secondly, it avoids disrupting the team right as they're finding their chemistry.
Fisher, who has a legacy with the Lakers, just does't have enough game anymore to be an NBA player. His player efficiency rating last year was a meager 8.0, and it fell to 5.9 after he was traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
There's bad, there's worse, there's worst and then, at the very bottom of the worst barrel, is Derek Fisher. It's tie for him to live up to his name and hang up the "Gone Fishing" sign for good.
The Lakers might not be situated as well as some other teams with their backup point guards, but Steve Blake and company are better than Fisher. Blake is averaging 6.9 points, 2.3 steals and 5.6 assists per 36 minutes, which are by no means great numbers, but the Lakers don't need "great numbers" on a team that also features Pau Gasol, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.
They just need a marginally competent player to man the position in Nash's absence, and Blake has been just that. He hasn't been more, but he hasn't needed to be. More importantly, he hasn't been less. Furthermore, he hasn't been a team-chemistry disaster.
Speaking of team-chemistry disasters, Delonte West is available. West, at least statistically, would be a marginal upgrade over Blake.
He averaged 9.6 points and 3.2 assists per game last year in just 24.1 minutes per game. That's hardly blowing the doors off, but it is better than what Blake offers.
However, having said that, there is a big issue with his personality. West was recently dismissed from the Dallas Mavericks for "conduct detrimental to the team."
Should the Lakers ink a new point guard, or stick with what they have?
Remember, this is the Dallas Mavericks, the team whose owner, Mark Cuban, once famously had Dennis Rodman move in with him. If there's a team that has patience, it's the Dallas Mavericks, and when West wore out their patience, he wore out his NBA career.
The Lakers finally looked like their chemistry was coming together when thy blew out the Detroit Pistons. The last thing they need to worry about is throwing a wrench like West into the works. Better to have a Blake than a mistake.
The last thing that is worth mentioning is that there's the upside of the Princeton offense. While it's true that while Nash is on the court, the Princeton fails to fully utilize his abilities, the flip-side of that coin is that it doesn't demand a tremendously talented point guard to run it. The passing, in a manner of speaking, is the point guard.
The best thing for the Lakers to do right now is just what they're doing. They're letting the players get to know the offense and grow into it. Adding someone inferior or problematic would only stir the proverbial waters.
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