The REAL Problem With LeBron & The Lakers In The NBA Restart (Ft. JR Smith, Age, And Bad Shots)

Jul 10, 2020
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With a 4 month break, that means everyone has to get into shape again in a time where there’s less margin. LeBron falls under that category too. Actually LeBron’s past couple of seasons have followed a cyclical pattern.
I went back all the way to the 2012-2013, calculated all the monthly offensive and defensive ratings for each month for 8 seasons, averaged them, and here’s the chart. Looking at the chart, LeBron actually gets better as the season goes along, sort of peaking in April. This is not true for every player. Looking at Kevin Durant for the past 4 seasons, his trend is sorta all over the place, not necessarily mainly upwards.
The reason why I looked into it is because LeBron is perhaps the most meticulous player when it comes to physical conditioning preparation, spending $1.5M per year to take care of his body, so he’s timing his peak shape in May. Playoff LeBron is real. And with a 4 month break, that all ruins the timeline. This is actually the same break between the finals and the first day of the regular season. Urgency will speed up the process, but if we look at all of his trends, it points to LeBron having to work his way up to that level.. Anthony Davis on the other hand is 27 in his prime years and I think that he’ll be able to produce despite a 4 month break. Plus he’s 100% healthy which isn’t always the case so this might be his time.
Avery Bradley and Danny Green are the two guards that are the glue to the perimeter defense. The Lakers had the third best defensive rating overall. It’s a team oriented defense that relies on physicality and size. Now obviously, a player like Anthony Davis who is a defensive player of the year candidate and Dwight Howard helps out with that a lot, but looking at 3 point defense, the Lakers held their opponents to the 4th lowest 3 point percentage in the league. And it’s because Avery Bradley made ball handlers uncomfortable, not like Patrick Beverley who just ends up fouling, that’s jail ball defense. Bradley will pick up ball handlers full court. With a 6’ 7” wingspan at a 6’2” height , Bradley can move quickly but still impact taller players. This means that he is able to stay with point guards on the perimeter and make dribbling a chore. Couple that with his ability to fight through screens with ease and he’s contesting guards on the perimeter. Bradley takes pride on that end and is relentless in his pursuit whether that is for loose balls or in off ball denial.
I’d actually prefer Caruso to take Bradley’s minutes. He’s the GOAT aite. On a real though, Caruso has been part of some of the Lakers best lineups. He has a net rating of 10.3 which is tied with LeBron. He’s actually the most positive plus minus of plus 20.3 out of all teammates sharing the court with LeBron. Just looking at the games, Caruso simply just works with Bron and doesn’t play out of his role. He spaces the floor and is just in the right spots for LeBron to get enough space yet still use him in tight spots.
This Lakers squad needs some knockdown catch and shoot 3 point specialists, they are 22 in 3 pointers made per game and 17th in 3 point %. In the playoffs, JR fulfills that role. In the last 4 playoffs he was a part of, he’s shot 40.6% from 3 on 6.2 3s a game and he’s proven to hit some clutch shots. And then add to the fact that JR Smith and LeBron have played with each other for years and you add a capable weapon in the hands of LeBron who knows where to be on the court to best add to the Bron-AD duo. JR shot 54% from the corner 3 in the past 3 postseasons.
Dion Waiters on the other hand is, well, outta place. I understand that the Lakers chose Dion because they wanted to add a shot creator, but they already have Kuzma who is their inefficient shot creating chucker that is streaky. Realistically, Dion is gonna be the second unit scorer, but with LeBron and AD, if their minutes are staggered properly, they’ll be the focal point of the offense. Waiters has been awkward in those situations. It’s as if he needs to be the primary ball handler shooting a bunch of shots. Like his best season, he shot 43% from the field. Waiters hasn’t really shown any defensive capabilities. And I mean no defensive capabilities.
Like I said, it really depends on LeBron and AD, and those two are raring to go.

  • Look at JR man, he's so high Twitch- Discord-

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY3 months ago
    • Damnmit JR already said he wants to shoot 3s like 999 times a game 🤦🏿

      Lebron JamesLebron James3 months ago
    • You dumb af

      Z Palma PackZ Palma Pack3 months ago
    • @MiQuel Simmons true

      Joshua WilliamsJoshua Williams3 months ago
    • High

      Lawrence Marshall Jr.Lawrence Marshall Jr.3 months ago
    • Can anyone tell me what is that jazz beat instrumental

      Jakeem BrooksJakeem Brooks3 months ago
  • Lakers won lol

    Jeff MJeff M3 days ago
  • This guy is a certified LeBron hater.

    Cedrick de QvirozCedrick de Qviroz4 days ago
  • Still won regardless.

    Game MasterGame Master4 days ago
  • Who's here after they won

    Michael Geronimo FloresMichael Geronimo Flores5 days ago
  • Welp Who’s here after they won

    Jose RuizJose Ruiz9 days ago
  • Well this didn't age well

    Dj OyiziiDj Oyizii16 days ago
  • Yep! It's true! It's official! They won...

    Amiel Patrick PunzalanAmiel Patrick Punzalan17 days ago
  • Who is here when the made the finals

    BIG WOKBIG WOK21 day ago
  • And now we know how this all went 😅

    Elite MaoriElite Maori25 days ago
  • Kevin Conroy.

    arrownoirarrownoirMonth ago
  • this video didn't age well

    Derek CraigDerek CraigMonth ago
  • High

    Saket SinghSaket SinghMonth ago
  • High, and subscribed.

    iklutzxpiklutzxp2 months ago
  • JR jokes are trash

    Takezo BeatsTakezo Beats2 months ago
  • There are conspiracies that lebron uses HGH illegally to get better even as he ages

    Cody MillerCody Miller2 months ago
  • There comes a time when a man will suddenly decline athletically and that age is 35 to 38. We have seen it happen to all the greats in every sport. They think their experience and intelligent will keep them on top for a little while longer but the body says no.

    E-musick VanceE-musick Vance2 months ago
  • Dude do you even have a life the only videos i see you make is about who’s the team’s problem like you’re gonna know a USworldsr 😂funny

    Big Sosa DopeBig Sosa Dope2 months ago
  • whis good luck lebron james

    William MensahWilliam Mensah2 months ago
  • All of your contents are all trash. Unreliable theories. All for trash content

    Hassanal AmpangHassanal Ampang2 months ago
  • Higj

  • happy long belated birthday man. i turned 23 yesterday in quartine as well. talk about a quiet birthday

    The6FootPlusTreeThe6FootPlusTree2 months ago
  • I don't know if JR would be a fit for the Lakers because the Lakers was already a Championship team so do they really Need JR😌😏

    Elijah PalmerElijah Palmer3 months ago
  • Think J.R. provides Streetball mentality 2 the lakers, 'cuz he's so high!! I'm lookin forward to see the playoffs, could become the "battle for Los Angeles in Orlando" xD

    Richard RothRichard Roth3 months ago
  • Came here to see what you had to say about my Lakers and was, absolutely, delighted to see a Kevin Conroy (the best Batman there is) appearance.

    Mike PrattMike Pratt3 months ago
  • when jr soresn20 and dion scores 16 after this video

    uTakeAllThe LsuTakeAllThe Ls3 months ago
  • High

    Omar BarajasOmar Barajas3 months ago
  • Bruh u basically saying everything people already know... tf

    Malcolm XMalcolm X3 months ago
  • They feeding them the elementary school special 😂 lol

    Joeji 25Joeji 253 months ago
  • Please play JR in a tight game in the 4th quarter, please lord....

    D SalcidaD Salcida3 months ago
  • So basically the team is dependent on LBJ and AD along with the age and playoff experience factor which is only the Lakers problems for winning a title.

    King SinKing Sin3 months ago
  • Another basketball analysist wannabe

    Clark TVClark TV3 months ago
  • hi

    Keke TsotetsiKeke Tsotetsi3 months ago
  • High 😶😶😶

    Major CallowayMajor Calloway3 months ago
  • Stop regurgitating the same jokes

    (Insert Here)(Insert Here)3 months ago
  • Lowkey kid has the highest IQ in basketball knowledge. This deserves a subscribe, come on y’all 👌🏻

    Navjinder RawanNavjinder Rawan3 months ago
  • I think I just found a new favorite channel. 🤔

    xcaluhbrationxcaluhbration3 months ago
  • This guy is a casual and you can see that, see the reason wade fell off it was because of his knee, Melo went to a new team that wanted him to spot up and shoot. And we all know melo came into the league with the ball in his hands

    Chiemezuo Uba-IfegwuChiemezuo Uba-Ifegwu3 months ago
  • It would not surprise me in the least if the Clippers won the title. Do I like that the Clippers could very well win? Hell to the no so I'm hoping on a wing and a prayer that the purple and gold will triumph

    SDAWGSDAWG3 months ago
    • Well they diiid🙌🏾🙌🏾

      Vic WestVic West2 days ago
  • It’s REALLY sad to watch LBJ be so desperate to be compared to MJ, that he’ll embrace the NBA fixing an entire season for him to win a meaningless championship = the restart will be a joke

    Andre SalazarAndre Salazar3 months ago
  • You talk like Jr can't guard

    John Matthew CrisostomoJohn Matthew Crisostomo3 months ago
  • HIGH

    Jakub DemaliajJakub Demaliaj3 months ago
  • I'm rooting for the lakers. But the bucks and clippers are just too much i feel.

    Max HMax H3 months ago
  • The Lakers expect to win with FUCKING KUZMA as their 3rd Scoring😂😂😂😂😂😂

    ssandroAle gesBorssandroAle gesBor3 months ago
  • "your not a dish your a man"

    Joshua BakerJoshua Baker3 months ago
  • "Jr aND DioN caN'T pLay DefeNSe" You guys do realize that we had the third best defense in the league WITH RONDO on the roster, right? Frank Vogel is a defensive guru. You honestly expect me to believe that he won't have those guys ready to play on the defensive end?

    Mac XavierMac Xavier3 months ago
  • Man we’re getting old. Lebron has a fucking gray beard bruh...

    Ethan RussellEthan Russell3 months ago

    Bob BobBob Bob3 months ago
  • Lebron's GOAT but needs 2 players to replace 1😫

    T Bryant24T Bryant243 months ago
  • Im JR High

    Upstate Knicks FanUpstate Knicks Fan3 months ago
  • The playoffs are going to be trash

    Isaac ButlerIsaac Butler3 months ago
  • It doesn't matter is some people is not on the Lakers they still going to give his championship that LeBron James whenever somebody wins their mental when they did something dirty behind the scenes for that reward and LeBron his dirty deed that he did involve Kobe that's why he was crying his eyes out like that

    James EvansJames Evans3 months ago
  • High

    Garfield DavisGarfield Davis3 months ago
  • Great video man

    Maiky PolancoMaiky Polanco3 months ago
  • hi

    Angel EmAngel Em3 months ago
  • Trippin Lakers winning it all

    562. Anthony562. Anthony3 months ago
  • High

    I am MoniI am Moni3 months ago
  • The real problem is I don't know that outro song!!

    SageTOPIC!!SageTOPIC!!3 months ago
  • high

    Malik SadlerMalik Sadler3 months ago
  • "99! You were born in 1999 omg I am so fucking old" ---Pigeon

    Ruthless RobberyRuthless Robbery3 months ago
  • High

    Wes QuinnWes Quinn3 months ago
  • highhhhh

    Dominic WolfeDominic Wolfe3 months ago
  • High

    Malte EMalte E3 months ago
  • I'm sorry but I take exception to the "its a PR response" comment around 7:15. I don't disagree with your statement but thats about the highest praise AD can put on the two new guards, aside from possibly bringing up JR's experience playing in multiple finals and winning a chip with Bron of all people. I don't think anyone is better prepared mentally and physically than these Lakers and my money is figuratively on them to win it all.

    Chris RobinsonChris Robinson3 months ago
  • LeBron not in the bubble haven't seen him in Orlando yet haven't seen him in any of JaVale McGee's videos

    P-Town Baller PTBP-Town Baller PTB3 months ago
    • Lebron's done 2 interviews in the bubble. Look them up.

      Forgiven SinnerForgiven Sinner3 months ago
  • Wouldn’t say the rockets are top contenders

    Max RauchMax Rauch3 months ago
  • I feel you, I turned 21 on March.😭

    Eduardo CampoverdeEduardo Campoverde3 months ago
  • High

    PAC EditzPAC Editz3 months ago
  • Rondo should replace Bradley. He can be almost as good on defense especially in the playoffs. The question for the Lakers at times has been who can get their own bucket when Lebron isn’t on the court... *Dion and JR come in*

    Filmon IssakFilmon Issak3 months ago
    • Forgiven Sinner I see Caruso as better bench depth giving good minutes and Rondo starting

      Filmon IssakFilmon Issak3 months ago
    • Nah. Caruso should start with JR off the bench.

      Forgiven SinnerForgiven Sinner3 months ago
  • 13:43 Am I the only one that was confused when rando came up instead of howard?

    B Tha BarbarianB Tha Barbarian3 months ago
  • High

    Joshua MakarJoshua Makar3 months ago
  • High

    RunmyfadedjRunmyfadedj3 months ago
  • Somebody call flight on this man!

    Rirhandzu MackaukauRirhandzu Mackaukau3 months ago
  • Look at MJ2KALLDAY man, so inspirational ❤️

    Ben HendersonBen Henderson3 months ago
  • The Henny god

    Armando RodriguezArmando Rodriguez3 months ago
  • Alex crususo should replace bradly and make jr smith a back up Also why not bring back demarcus cousins?

    rexhunter 27rexhunter 273 months ago
  • you was just talking reckless bro lmao you basically saying Bron gon fall off, you're crazy

    Rod DaDonRod DaDon3 months ago
  • Lakers gonna win the championship

    shemar wiltonshemar wilton3 months ago
  • Everyone every time when talking about LeChina mention his $1 million steroid injections, I mean body conditioning program.

    blue diamond gemblue diamond gem3 months ago
  • This is such a shit take

    Caleb KWCaleb KW3 months ago
  • High💯 happy birthday man

    Rufaro The African DiamondRufaro The African Diamond3 months ago
  • Look at JR. He's so high lmao

    JJ Been Rich 300JJ Been Rich 3003 months ago
  • High

    ChilloutTk 420ChilloutTk 4203 months ago
  • Lebron will have his peds keeping him in peak condition

    Gzus petersonGzus peterson3 months ago
  • Giannis MVP

    Costas ManoleasCostas Manoleas3 months ago
  • Your annoying asf to listen to your voice just scratches at my soul,and all the little sound effects you use are poorly used and misplaced..just around damn i dont even wanna watch the video now so ima surf through all the other dumb shit and avoid the ones i see your name on.

    the_nub_gammer_69 xxxthe_nub_gammer_69 xxx3 months ago
  • High

    I am THEGOATI am THEGOAT3 months ago
  • My mom did not even tell me happy birthday or do anything

    trick goattrick goat3 months ago
  • HIGH

    Try to be GamerTry to be Gamer3 months ago
  • Your mama is jailball defense

    Noah VeraNoah Vera3 months ago
  • I love all these NBA players acting so down and somber at being in "the bubble" and risking everything to make millions playing a game. Like.. dude... you're staying at Disney World, getting seven figures, and playing basketball. Smile.

    MagCynicMagCynic3 months ago
  • Jr's face in 1:42 bruh 😁

    Juliette OptimaJuliette Optima3 months ago
  • High

    KJtheGreat 03KJtheGreat 033 months ago
  • imagine this team failing lollll

    Marinel SamsonMarinel Samson3 months ago
  • Awe, that sucks. Well happy birthday bro.

    DJ Anon-ErosDJ Anon-Eros3 months ago
  • High

    Colton GamingColton Gaming3 months ago
  • The only problem with this analysis is the playoffs will have a limited rotation. These guys can contribute in different spots and different times depending on who playing the best. But it will not be a lot of minutes. They have there core. They will be just fine.

    Michael GrayMichael Gray3 months ago
  • Lakers signed "The Curse of Cousins" .... they will all get injured in the Finals like the Warriors.

    Can't Beat The BAY!Can't Beat The BAY!3 months ago
  • Bro we all know that LeBrons gonna play till 40 so he can play with a Bronny Jr

    Invis GeniusInvis Genius3 months ago
  • that pass from bron @13:07 crazy!!!!

    Chad BlackChad Black3 months ago