What We’ve Learned About 2015-16 Los Angeles Lakers So Far

December 14th, 2015 by David Murphy Leave a reply »

There are certain inalienable truths about the Los Angeles Lakers so far this season—such as a 3-21 record that puts them so far out of contention in the playoff race that it’s not even worth debating.

This is a team whose win averages have declined steadily over the past five years, from .621 in 2011-12, to .549, .329, .256 and .125 at present. L.A. now appears primed for an absolute historical nadir.

But as unappealing as it may be to watch a legendary franchise in free fall, it can also be instructive—especially if lessons can be applied in such a way as to ultimately benefit the organization. That said, the paradigm for future success won’t be easy or pain-free.


A Defensive Identity is Lacking

The Lakers allowed 105.3 points per game last season and were ranked as the second-worst defense in the NBA. They’re currently allowing an average of 107.3 points, and the situation doesn't appear to be improving any time soon.

The acquisition of Roy Hibbert and his mountain-in-the-middle act hasn’t helped much—not when sloppy and ...

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