By: Cranjis McBasketball
Closing the Season Strong
In a season without too many W’s in games, the Lakers most important wins this season have come in player development. The young players have made strides under Luke Walton and his staff, and it’s paid off with 3 wins in a row.
To take a look at exactly how the young guys have played since the All-Star break, I’ve listed their offensive points per possession (PPP) and the percentile that PPP places them versus the rest of the NBA for both before and after the break, so we can see the trend each player has taken.
Note: If a player is in the 70th percentile, that means that he’s performed better than 70% of the NBA
As an added bonus, I’ve also included a player comparison that has had that same PPP for this season.
Trend: More Up than Larry on a Dunk
Comparable Player: Anthony Brown (!?!)
Comparable Player: Paul George
Comparable Player: Kristaps Porzingis
Comparable Player: Jeff Teague
Trend: Up, Up, and Away
Comparable Player: Chandler Parsons
Comparable Player: Joel Embiid
Comparable Player: D’Angelo Russell
Comparable Player: Russell Westbrook
Comparable Player: Dario Saric
Comparable Player: Jamal Crawford
Trend: Slightly Down
Comparable Player: Devin Booker
Comparable Player: John Wall
Largest PPP Jumps
- Brandon Ingram: +0.159
- Ivica Zubac: +0.127
- D’Angelo Russell: +0.057
- Julius Randle: +0.052
- Jordan Clarkson: -0.017
- Larry Nance: -0.033
I’d put the six players into three tiers. Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac have made substantial jumps in efficiency since the All-Star break. D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle have made solid improvements. Unfortunately, Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance, Jr. have regressed.
Let’s hope we can see continued improvement to close the season and this summer. Next season’s record should be vastly improved if next year these young Laker players can build on the progress they’ve made this year.
If each of these six players can perform next season like the better version of themselves between pre and post ASG, we can have a full year of players with the offensive efficiencies of Paul George, Kristaps Porzingis, Joel Embiid, Russell Westbrook, Jamal Crawford, and Devin Booker. That’d be fun.