Los Angeles Lakers: Should World Peace or Barnes Be Starting Forward?

March 24th, 2012 by Natalie Saar Leave a reply »
Last night the Los Angeles Lakers started point guard Ramon Sessions for the first time since his acquisition in a trade with Cleveland. The result was just as everyone thought. A win. The young point guard finished with 20 points, 11 assists and six rebounds. So it's clear the Lakers have found their point guard, and the other starting positions are set as well, except for one: the 3. To begin the season, Devin Ebanks started at this position, and since then it has alternated between Matt Barnes and Metta World Peace.

Both of these players have been less than consistent all season, but it seems as though now the trade deadline has passed, both men are comfortable and playing to their full potential.

But should Metta be starting? Throughout the year, Metta has started 12 more games than Matt Barnes. Their averages are roughly the same, whether they were starting or coming off the bench. Metta's are slightly higher, because he plays seven minutes more, on average, when he starts. Ever since the addition of Sessions, and the passing of the trade deadline, Matt Barnes has been able to showcase his talents.

Previously, Barnes averaged about seven points ...

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