‘We can’t shoot a dime in the ocean’ – LeBron James addresses Los Angeles Lakers shooting issues – Basketball Network
The Los Angeles Lakers are off to a 0-3 start, and it looks like the issues that plagued the team last season, such as chemistry issues and a lack of outside shooting, have still not been resolved. After their last defeat against the Portland Trail Blazerslakers star james lebron couldn’t help but laugh after looking at their shooting stats.
Historically bad shooting
After three games, Los Angeles was 25 of 118 3-pointers this season. According ESPN statistics and information, the 21.2% shooting from the outside in the first three opener games is the second-worst among any team in league history. The only team to do worse was the 2018 Atlanta Hawks with 21.0%.
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Interestingly, it’s not like the opponents contested a ton of their peripheral shots. For example, the Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic didn’t even bother to close Anthony Davis‘ Attempts for 3 points in at least two cases.
LeBron’s recipe for success
Even though he is 37 years old, James is clearly the best player on this Lakers team. He is currently averaging 27.3 points, 11.0 rebounds and 7.3 assists per game.
So it makes sense that the front office is looking to surround him with players who can complement his skills. And over the years, what has proven itself is surrounding the four-time champion with shooters.
Unfortunately, the organization failed to do so. Of all the players who have seen action on the pitch for purple and gold, only Max Christi and matt ryan have shot better than 28.6% from 3-point range – not that being just under 29% is anything out of the ordinary. However, these two players are at the bottom of the depth chart.
Do the Lakers still have a chance of making the playoffs this season? Maybe. But they have to improve from the perimeter first if they are to have a chance. Maybe they can find shooters if they’re willing to part with Russell Westbrook and their future first-round picks.