The REAL Reason Why Alex Caruso Is SO Important To LeBron & The Lakers In The NBA Bubble (Ft. Memes)

Jul 31, 2020
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Alex Caruso helps LeBron and the Lakers a lot in the NBA. Here’s why. Get 20% + Free Shipping + 2 Free Gifts @Manscaped with code ALLDAY at! ( REACTION CHANNEL: @MJReactsALLDAY #Caruso #NBA #LeBron #Lakers
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When looking at all 2 man lineups that have played at least 300 minutes together and their net ratings, LeBron and Caruso are tied for first in the whole league with Giannis and Bledsoe at 20.8. At first glance stats wise, he looks like well an NBA scrub. In 17.8 minutes per game, he’s averaging 5.4 points on 43% from the field and 35.5% from 3 with low assist and rebound numbers. So what am I talking about then. He’s got the second best defensive plus-minus in the whole league, he has the second highest on-off numbers on the Lakers, and before you go well, he’s just a role player, just a meme, he’s played over 1000 minutes this season. He’s actually important to the Lakers, and without Avery Bradley and Rondo, his part in the Lakers is about to get a lot bigger.
Let’s start with the special LeBron and Caruso connection. Caruso is also humble when explaining his high plus-minus. Without Caruso, LeBron shoots 48.5% from the field, 34.1% from 3 with versus 53.5% from the field, 37.5% from 3 with Caruso on the court. That’s a 5% increase from the field and maybe an equally more fascinating part is per 100 possessions, LeBron averaged 10 more points and 2.9 less assists with Caruso. Alex is a role player that actually helps LeBron be more aggressive and score more.
Specifically recognizing how teams play LeBron and operating in that space is where Caruso excels. Even though Caruso is a guard when he’s on the court with Bron, he handles the ball less often than 90% of the guards in the league in the 8th percentile. He’s not ball dominant which allows LeBron to dictate play more. But unlike guards that just shoot when on the court when with LeBron, Caruso is moving in response to what LeBron is doing. This is one of my favorite plays with LeBron and Caruso, it’s not a flashy pass. In reality, it’s just a give and go, but not by design. Caruso draws two people on him, LeBron improvises by passing mid air and Caruso responds to that improvisation with a touch pass immediately to where LeBron is running to. This isn’t the only time Caruso makes a touch pass after a LeBron pass. In fact, that happens a decent amount, especially when LeBron collapses the defense, swings it to Caruso who immediately swings it to the open man.
And right here, LeBron is about to take a very tough shot. Caruso is slowly actually creeping towards the top of the key, just in case LeBron decides to pass it out of nowhere, shortening the distance. And guess what, LeBron does. Caruso makes the three. This understanding between the two, just knowing where to be on the court is just so natural. Caruso positions himself to where it would be easier for LeBron to make a pass to.
Based off a metric called the RAPTOR which takes into account all defensive stats along with on-off numbers, Caruso is 5th in the league defensively only behind Gobert, Dieng, Isaac, and Willie Cayley Stein. A much simpler stat to go by is defensive real plus minus which Caruso has the second best in the league.
And so he puts his body on the line defensively too. He does a solid job at keeping defenders in front of him and bumping them on their way to the rim. He usually goes straight up and although he doesn’t have super long arms, remember he is 6’ 5” meaning he can switch between 1 through 3, and Caruso switches easily within the defensive scheme. He has decent lateral quickness, but once again, Caruso’s basketball instincts give him a leg up. He’s able to recognize plays and anticipate passes. Because of his IQ, he’s able to just have a hand in just the right place like here when he gets the steal on Gobert. With these steals, Caruso gets on the fast break where he does such a great job in making decisions despite not being the fastest.
Perhaps the most intangible part of Caruso is the energy he brings to the team. Anything Caruso does becomes a sort of spark for the Lakers. They all recognize the meme, and they all play along with it. It’s a sort of moral booster, and he randomly has those plays that just gets fired up, especially because it catches you off guard every time. So yeah Caruso has done something that few players are able to do, make LeBron James better, and that is gonna be important in the playoffs. But what do you think? Will Alex Caruso play well in the playoffs? Is LeBruso a real thing?

  • LeBruso!🏆

    Tjuanne PitchfordTjuanne Pitchford2 days ago
  • you called it! He was very important Lakers 2020 Champs!

    Mandelson FleurivalMandelson Fleurival2 days ago
  • This video aged so well its ridiculous

    Gabriel OrtigaGabriel Ortiga2 days ago
  • Goat Caruso🐐🐐🐐🐐🐐

    PushMeToTheEdge _PushMeToTheEdge _2 days ago
  • This age well

    JKJUNIOR95JKJUNIOR953 days ago
  • Just another example of Lebron making average players look good. And getting paid doing it..

    Colin EdwardsColin Edwards4 days ago
    • you definitely dont watch the games..

      Newton LamNewton Lam3 days ago
  • AC is a very hight IQ player, he makes a winning plays all the time

    Rati KonjariaRati Konjaria4 days ago
  • Crusoe is underappreciated

    Manu BainsManu Bains5 days ago
  • Caruso's lob passes to LeBron reminds me of Dwayne Wade 👀

    Youtube WatcherYoutube Watcher5 days ago
  • Lord Alex Caruso the GOAT

  • I will fly to LA & slap 👋 Pelinka if he trades Curoso..he is hardly getting paid ..let him stay

    Vijay MareddyVijay Mareddy6 days ago
  • Starting him in the last game of finals sealed the championship. Their's a reason why Vogel called him Laker's secret weapon.

    proxima centauriproxima centauri6 days ago
  • Good call

    Samuel ContrerasSamuel Contreras6 days ago
  • It's all fun and games until the substitute teacher dunks on you.

    Rokie YTRokie YT6 days ago
  • The Bald Mamba

    ALvin MartinALvin Martin6 days ago
  • just checked the stats on esps for real plus minus and caruso aint second...bron is. i really like caruso but what statsheet did you find that on?

    markus iflandmarkus ifland6 days ago
    • @proxima centauri i mean hes not even top 10 but i didnt think he was worse in the bubble so i didnt know why his rpm would have gone down so far

      markus iflandmarkus ifland4 days ago
    • At the time he made this dude of course stats will be updated after two months.

      proxima centauriproxima centauri6 days ago
  • Ball might have been a number 1 chosen draft pick of the Lakers but Caruso has now proved He is much better overall in so many ways than Ball !!!🎀 Caruso is so Important and Special to the success of the Lakers!!!🌋 Caruso is a so valuable Bald Mama up and coming STAR!!!

    Phil YeePhil Yee7 days ago
  • He's hustle and defense is so important to the team

    Hun TerHun Ter7 days ago
  • this aged well

    Jelo BorraJelo Borra7 days ago
  • This video aged so well! After the NBA Playoffs and Vogel starting him in Game 6 Alex was a major reason they won the Chip

    Krystin CallenderKrystin Callender7 days ago
  • lebruso

    Davide AbondioDavide Abondio8 days ago
  • Caruso is like Kuroko in the anime, who chosed to be the shadow.

    Emerson CamposEmerson Campos8 days ago
  • Caruso might not scored so well but how he move without the ball is amazing he run on the phase to make himself available all the time. The defense he have is so effective for the lakers he can defend well, that also helps the lakers to be ranked as 4th defensive team last 2019-2020 season.

    Vincent SocoVincent Soco9 days ago
  • Lebruso

    King AsherKing Asher9 days ago
  • GOAT: 1. Alex Caruso 2. Michael Jordan 3. Lebron

    Batman wayneBatman wayne9 days ago
  • Lebruso

    Smerlin LopezSmerlin Lopez10 days ago
  • He doesn't play 40mpg because that would be unfair for the rest of the league

    jdelgado216jdelgado21610 days ago
  • Lebruso 🔥

    Kasonde MutaleKasonde Mutale10 days ago
  • Bald eagle AKA alex curuso

    Typical ATypical A10 days ago
  • Alex Caruso is like the MC in Kuroko no basket.. no presence.. GHOST

    King TristanKing Tristan11 days ago
  • Caruso just won his ring and got snubbed from Fmvp

    John WallJohn Wall11 days ago
    • @Nick Cunnimgham No shit Sherlock you must be fun at parties

      John WallJohn Wall7 days ago
    • Didnt deserve mvp. What the hell are you talking about?

      Nick CunnimghamNick Cunnimgham7 days ago
  • LeBruso

    Quincy MojoQuincy Mojo11 days ago
  • And just like that, Caruso is now a champion.

    Alpha SulapasAlpha Sulapas12 days ago
  • Go Alex!!!

    Charlie TingCharlie Ting12 days ago
  • This video aged well :^))

    EndSource GamingEndSource Gaming12 days ago
  • This video aged well :^))

    EndSource GamingEndSource Gaming12 days ago
  • Caruso is the definition affecting the game not the box score. Dude can have 4 points and 2 assists but somehow his fingerprints will all over the game.

    MaxJuilienMaxJuilien12 days ago
  • "LeBruso"

    William HuWilliam Hu12 days ago
  • Wanna hot take? Bron, AD, and Caruso in a 3 on 3 tourney. Thoughts?

    Commander JOJCommander JOJ13 days ago
  • This video proved to be accurate. He got his first of the year start in game 6 of the finals...a game they dominated.

    Richard BentzeRichard Bentze13 days ago
  • Lebruso!

    LejfiegLejfieg13 days ago
  • Here we stand, as the Lakers become champions and caruso starting for the final game.

    Trinh HieuTrinh Hieu13 days ago
  • If anyone on outher team bumped into LeBron like that he would have flopped 20 ft

    jeff russelljeff russell14 days ago
  • It's like when in games, Caruso is the Aura buff that increases the stats of the whole party, even though he doesn't do much on papers stats.

    Swanky PantsSwanky Pants15 days ago
  • Can't believe this was 2 months ago..... Congrats lakers!!

    Astro_galaxy sumboAstro_galaxy sumbo15 days ago
  • He’s what the Lakers hoped Lonzo would be

    George WangGeorge Wang15 days ago
  • This aged well 😂

    David _23David _2316 days ago
  • yeah, they did so well in the Playoff :D

    a Beär Like Mea Beär Like Me16 days ago
  • Lebruso

    Big SmokeBig Smoke17 days ago
  • This video aged well.

    eng479eng47917 days ago
  • Well they won the Finals so Lebruso must be something. Not saying that’s why they won but...

    WoodyWoody17 days ago
    • Caruso started in game 6, and they blew out the Heat, winning the Title. Coincidence? I think not.

      ryanexsusryanexsus16 days ago
  • Bro

    K.e. JK.e. J17 days ago
  • lebruco

    ll chris_gocrazy llll chris_gocrazy ll17 days ago
  • What’s up with the Thumbnail

    Marion Plays RobloxMarion Plays Roblox18 days ago
  • Bruhhh. Whoever said luka better than giannas tripping ...

    Dwayne DavisjrDwayne Davisjr18 days ago
  • Lebruso

    Ferguson Hobby FarmFerguson Hobby Farm19 days ago
  • Well there one win away. . . Lebruso. . .

    Mike ClarkMike Clark19 days ago
  • Mj had Steve Kerr. Lbj has Caruso

    Edwin HerediaEdwin Heredia19 days ago
  • This aged well

    Takezo BeatsTakezo Beats20 days ago
  • Labruso is dope i didn’t know that ... thanks for shedding light on him

    All_in_techAll_in_tech20 days ago
  • He should be in the dunk contest next year👀

    Hardworker ComplicationsHardworker Complications20 days ago
  • Caruso has been a monster in the playoffs. You can tell Lebron loves playing with him and the chemistry with Davis has grown as well.

    Kim ChiKim Chi21 day ago
  • Caruso is the definition of team player

    YaBoy CPGYaBoy CPG21 day ago
  • Caruso of alex the goat

    Zur apAZur apA21 day ago
  • caruso is a spurs player if you know what i mean

    BenezerBenezer21 day ago

    bruce the gamerbruce the gamer22 days ago
  • Watching this before Caruso takes over Game 5 NBA Finals.

    charles galvezcharles galvez22 days ago
  • You got my subscribe because THE FUCKIN REAL GOAT IS HERE.

    Michael TiopanMichael Tiopan22 days ago
  • High key luka is better than Giannis because his game is more complete

    Mr. FlemingMr. Fleming22 days ago
  • NBA G League to the NBA Finals.. GOAT

    repulserepulse24 days ago
  • The only thing I can't stop thinking about is 10:55 when Jonhson is running away from the poster Dunk. It's like: "You Shall not pass! Okay you passed but I won't be on the poster"

    Aubin ApsAubin Aps25 days ago
  • Luka Doncic > Giannis Antetokounmpo

    Jack TillingJack Tilling25 days ago
  • can we get a lebron caruso dynamic duo in 2k

    Lafonda ShaquanLafonda Shaquan26 days ago
  • you can tell he works hard and he has iq. that’s why bron likes him. i’d rather have caruso than kuzma or danny green tbh

    Rey resendezRey resendez27 days ago
  • Y’all watching him in the playoffs rn?

    Alex CalderonAlex Calderon28 days ago
  • CaBron

    Kevin CruzKevin Cruz28 days ago
  • And he is in the nba finals playing minutes to this date.

    almir delicalmir delicMonth ago
  • Man if Caruso practices and becomes a threat from open 3s, his offensive game would take a huge leap

    dkimmortaldkimmortalMonth ago
  • And now he is in the finals

    James Bryan DegolladoJames Bryan DegolladoMonth ago
  • lebron : my hairline is getting worse and worse damn Caruso : hold my beer.

    C KC KMonth ago
  • Other player bumps Caruso Caruso: u think this is a bump ? Lebron high 5s stronger that this. You twig

    Galactic French FryGalactic French FryMonth ago
  • Caruso is one of the great player.

    Fermhar DiamanteFermhar DiamanteMonth ago
  • Lebruso or Cabron?? KEKW

    Marius HutuMarius HutuMonth ago
  • You're full of advertisements!!

    Czyril Mikael LicongCzyril Mikael LicongMonth ago
  • The bald mamba

    Mario CarmonaMario CarmonaMonth ago
  • Playoff Caruso is a thing!

    Edgar GonzalezEdgar GonzalezMonth ago
  • carushowwww

    Walter RabusaWalter RabusaMonth ago
  • Caruso is a wonderful roll player, He’s definitely not afraid of being on the big stage

    KKKKMonth ago
  • Larusso so you know lol

    Juan MendezJuan MendezMonth ago
  • Caruso carrying the whole team to the ring. Lebron should be grateful.

    proxima centauriproxima centauriMonth ago
  • is manscape razor good for pets?

    milahootmilahootMonth ago
  • now the answer is yes.. he play well in palyoffs

    Greedy'S GoodGreedy'S GoodMonth ago
  • The Bald Eagle!!

    Carl PalmejarCarl PalmejarMonth ago
  • Bigger stronger deli

    Amine WilliamsAmine WilliamsMonth ago
  • Lebrusso good combination one OF the best

    dr.eusebio luisdr.eusebio luisMonth ago
  • Lebrusooo for liiiife

    Mike 562Mike 562Month ago
  • i noticed that caruso and kuzma on the court gives more off ball movement just eye test tho no stat

    Puffburrrs ParmesanPuffburrrs ParmesanMonth ago
  • See how true this rings today.....LAKE SHOW BABY!

    LOWC MFLOWC MFMonth ago
  • Lebruso

    J ProfitJ ProfitMonth ago
  • Man your hella cool

    J ProfitJ ProfitMonth ago