Win Profile for the 2007-08 Los Angeles Lakers
Continuing on with my series of NBA Win Profiles for the 2007-08 season, today I win profile the 2007-08 Western Conference Champions, the Los Angeles Lakers. If you are unfamiliar with my win profile system, I would ask you to please click on the Celtic Win Profile before proceeding.
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1. Kobe Bean Bryant is a much better defender out of the 2 hole than he is out of the 3 hole. His Opponents Win Score is a -2.9 at the 2 Guard spot whereas it is only a -0.5 at the 3 Forward spot. Still good, but a rather large difference. I noted this prior to the NBA Finals and stated that it would be a mistake for Phil Jackson to get suckered into playing Kobe too many minutes at the 3 because of it. Yet he did, and it may have cost the Lakers the series.
2. Andrew Bynum was having a tremendous season before he went down. He was recording a +8.5 on the offensive end. That is a huge number. I'm not even sure if Orlando's big man Dwight Howard put up numbers that were that large. I will be doing the Magic next, so we shall see. Nevertheless, Bynum is a monster who is growing and who must be feared. Howard is still the King, but Bynum shall terrorize for years to come.
3. Gasol's second half with the Lake Show was not as great as I had expected, but I believe it is because he was forced to play out of position due to Bynum's injury. Wait till he gets put back at the 4. Although I am not convinced it is a slam dunk the Lakers will dominate. They still have to prove to myself and others that they can defend like big boys. You cannot win with strictly offense in this man's Association anymore.
4. Philipo, the numbers clearly show its time to go with Farmar at the point from here on out. You had a nice run with your boy D Fisher, but you have to sense when its time to jump to the next curve, and now is the time.
5. I was shocked to see how well Lamar Odom gets it done on offense. Those are almost KG like numbers. But he must improve his defense. With his size and athleticism, the mediocre defensive numbers he's posting are just unacceptable. He can and must do better. For the Lakers, a championship is not about Kobe... he's doing his bit... its about Lamar.