Frank Vogel says Lakers are nonetheless ‘evolving’ on offense

By seven common season video games, the Los Angeles Lakers are the perfect defensive workforce within the NBA, with a defensive score of 97.9, their highest defensive score because the 1999-2000 season — the season they received their first championship of the three-peat period.

On the opposite facet of the ball, they’re nonetheless a piece in progress.

With an offensive score of 106.7 (shout out to KROQ), the Lakers are ranked 16th on offense. That’s not essentially a nasty factor, however it’s one thing they’ll enhance on. The workforce’s head coach, Frank Vogel, is assured they may.

After follow on Thursday, Vogel mentioned he expects the Lakers’ offense to look “very totally different than it seems to be proper now” because the season progresses, and Vogel will get extra comfy including issues to his playbook and scheme.

“The entire yr is an enormous evolution. For those who do one factor effectively, the following opponent tries to take that away,” Vogel advised reporters. “You’re repeatedly seeing totally different assaults on each ends of the ground all all year long, and so it’s going to be a continuous evolution.”

As soon as Vogel figures out what does and doesn’t work for L.A. offensively, Avery Bradley thinks the Lakers are going to be simply nearly as good offensively as they’ve been defensively.

“The extra comfy we’re taking part in with one another, with the units that we’re working, you’re clearly in a position to determine the place you’re going to get your pictures from, determine the place you’re comfy on the market. However that’s an excellent downside to have,” Bradley mentioned

“Quite a lot of groups begin the yr off being behind defensively, and I really feel like we’re forward regardless that we nonetheless have enhancements we will make,” Bradley continued. “Offensively we’re nonetheless getting higher each single day. It’s going to be scary once we’re all on the identical web page.”

The Lakers have relied closely on their dimension within the entrance court docket this season, and it’s labored out for them to this point. By seven video games, they’re ranked No. 5 in subject objective proportion thanks in no small half to Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee, who’re each taking pictures above 70% from the sphere.

It’s going to be fascinating to see whether or not or not that adjustments over the course of the season, or if Vogel will begin to put extra of an emphasis on 3-point taking pictures later within the yr. Proper now, they’re ranked No. 23 in 3-point makes an attempt, No. 25 in 3-point makes and No. 27 in 3-point proportion.

Vogel has lived as much as his status defensively to this point. Now it’s time to see if he and the Lakers can evolve offensively.

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