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Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D'Antoni
Going into 2013-14, the Los Angeles Lakers will open up the offense and play at one of the fastest paces in the league, given Mike D’Antoni’s emphasis on getting the ball up and down the floor.
Since the 2004-05 season, D’Antoni’s teams have finished outside of the top five in league-leading paces only once. Needless to say, point guard play is important for these types of teams because of ball security.
Steve Nash has repeatedly proven this is his wheelhouse. Consequently, D’Antoni will put the ball in his hands and give him the freedom to conduct the offense as he sees fit. His 2012-13 usage rate of 17.8 (fourth lowest of his career) should see an uptick as Nash gets to once again play maestro for the Lakers coaching staff.
The 2012-13 campaign demanded a little more offensive flexibility because of the roster. However, the 2013-14 Lakers will mirror D’Antoni’s vision of offensive basketball.
They will put one big man on the floor and surround him with shooters and playmakers on the perimeter. Nash has routinely shown throughout his Phoenix Suns days that he is masterful in such a setting, and it should not be any different with the Lakers.