The REAL Reason Why The Lakers Are SO Good (Ft. NBA LeBron James, Dwight Howard, Effort)

Nov 5, 2019
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The Lakers with LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the number 1 seed in West in the NBA. The Lakers have been good, but why? #NBA #Lakers #LeBron
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The whole Lakers team revolves around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. We know the offense both of these guys are capable of producing. They are the first Lakers duo since Shaq and Kobe to each average 25+ points per game in their first 6 games. The Lakers offense involves a lot of isolation for these two. While the Lakers are the 6th highest in isolation frequency, they are shooting 33% from the field in isolations and are the 9th worst team in scoring in iso. Putting isolations aside, the team is also shooting 31.4% from 3. In fact, if you look at the Lakers offense, they are only ranked 18th in the league. The Lakers are the best defensive team in the NBA, even better than the Jazz with Rudy Gobert. The Lakers are holding opponents to 96 points per game. In 3 out of their last 6 games, they’ve held their opponents to under 100 points. Last year the Bucks were the best defensive team with a defensive rating of 104.9 so the Lakers are holding opponents to 8 points less than the best team in defense last year. A lot of this has to do with Anthony Davis who I will get into, but it starts with LeBron James.
LeBron James was bad defensively last year. Even before his groin injury, there’s been a trend of LeBron taking possessions off defensively. LeBron has become a defensive leader and not just in directing players. LeBron has stepped up the intensity. Of course the chasedown blocks are something we’ve seen for years. He is contesting 70% of attempts against him, up from 54% last season. Like on this possession, LeBron drops to the paint to prevent a lob to Gobert, but then runs back out to to get a good contest on the 3 point shooter. Those were plays last year that LeBron would give up on or not make the effort to run out for the contest. LeBron still has it on the defense side of the ball and with his size and lateral quickness, he can keep a lot of players in front of him if he tries, which he is doing more of. But more importantly than that is his help and team defense.
Anthony Davis has been a defensive player of the year candidate for years and so what he is doing on the Lakers doesn’t surprise me. That being said, we can’t overlook the impact AD is having. His unique combination of a 7’ 6” wingspan with that lateral quickness, he’s a demigod. He has always had a natural timing to contesting shots, he can guard both the ball handler and the big man in a pick and roll at the same time, he just impacts everything in the paint and even midrange area. Any mistakes or miscommunications in the Lakers defense can be fixed because AD can cover for that. He’s a luxury at the highest level in basketball and I don’t want to minimize any of his impact. It’s just that we knew that AD would do this and still didn’t have the Lakers as this defensive juggernaut.
One player that has had a resurgence is Dwight Howard. Howard has accepted his role on the team as the rebounder and rim protector. And man is he defending. The Lakers film room had this clip of what Frank Vogel wants from the defense. He wants the big men to hedge meaning step up to stop the ball handler from just having all the space, but at the same time, not step too out in front so that the ball handler can just blow by Dwight or pass over him to the roller. Dwight has been doing an amazing job at finding where he has to be on the court to defend the pick and roll. Once again, the Lakers film room did an amazing job breaking down the technicalities of this. Now let’s talk about what does show up in the stats, and that’s blocks. The Lakers lead the league in blocks right now at 8.2 per game. 3 of those come from AD, but Howard is also averaging 2.3 blocks a game in 21 minutes a game. On shots less than 6 feet from the rim, Dwight Howard is causing a drop of 14.2% field goal on those shots. For comparison, Rudy Gobert, defensive player of the year and a player known for his ability to change shots at the rim is leading to a drop of 9.6% on those same shots. What this means is that Howards is not just blocking shots, but he’s also causing the offense to have to find another way to score besides the paint. Having rim protectors like Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard mean that the Lakers guards like Danny Green and Avery Bradley who are already solid perimeter defenders can play more aggressive because even if the offense gets past them, they have the assurance of Davis and Howard protecting the paint.
But what do you think? Can the Lakers keep this up? Who’s the early favorites for the championship?

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  • Who are the favorites for the championship? The Lakers had a close call today 😅

    MJ2KALLDAYMJ2KALLDAY11 months ago
    • Howard got a ring

      Caze RaizeyCaze Raizey12 days ago
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      Rashad SadiqueRashad Sadique4 months ago
    • One of the la's

      Alles in éénAlles in één10 months ago
    • MJ2KALLDAY You spoiled it by taking a dig at Lebron you not a comedian grow up

      khalidntokozokhalidntokozo11 months ago
    • MJ2KALLDAY The Lakers are the favorites too win, and I think it's gonna to be Lakers, Celtics at the finals

      Mitty BreenieMitty Breenie11 months ago
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    yoboij3yoboij32 months ago
  • The only prediction i can do s that Rockets are doomed to fail since they got Westbrook.

    Efstathios IsaakidisEfstathios Isaakidis2 months ago
  • What about McGee

    Landyn DexterLandyn Dexter4 months ago
  • SEE the league BEATING LAKERS regular SEASON is COOL...but PLAYOFFS you GOTTA see DEM in a SERIES...GOOD luck WIT dat ONE...GIVING him HELP is like JESUS TEAMING up WITH the AVENGERS...he's GIVING his BLESSING for THE ASS WHIPPING...

    KRS AfoaKRS Afoa4 months ago
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    Sahib SidhuSahib Sidhu4 months ago
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    PF james623PF james6235 months ago
  • nice, guy 🐉 🐼

    Sweet Girl***Sweet Girl***5 months ago
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    Paul KondrashovPaul Kondrashov5 months ago
  • Cave were bottom defensively and offensively without him. He could only carry one load solo at 33.

    M HM H5 months ago
  • I'm watching this now and the NBA season was postponed and Lakers have the 1st place with one of the best defenses in the NBA. make a new one 😂🔥

    Michael LopezMichael Lopez5 months ago
  • Giving a lot of credits to javale

    Josaphat SarilJosaphat Saril5 months ago
  • Wasn’t Dwight’s defense on pick n roll ice, just not laidback on the level of Portland’s version?

    Steven OSteven O5 months ago
  • These fLakers are No. 2 to the Clippers. I Am a Los Angeles Lakers supporter Not afLaker!

    Mai BackMai Back6 months ago
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    Kings TVKings TV6 months ago
  • BLOCK!!👈🏻👆🏻👉🏻

    Jacob AgeeJacob Agee7 months ago
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    stephen cobbstephen cobb7 months ago
  • The lakers are good because. 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐲𝐫𝐞 𝐠𝗼𝗼𝐝

    k.elan.ik.elan.i7 months ago
  • The comeback!

    Jr RamosJr Ramos7 months ago
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    Koaz BenKoaz Ben7 months ago
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    Carter BurnsCarter Burns7 months ago
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    Mark McLaughlinMark McLaughlin7 months ago
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    Anthony SalcedoAnthony Salcedo7 months ago
  • 1more because some of the players came to warriors.

    Robcraft Player 2Robcraft Player 27 months ago
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    Hi ByeHi Bye7 months ago
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    Doug JudyyDoug Judyy7 months ago
  • Ur sleepy..

    Necmarie AbadillaNecmarie Abadilla8 months ago
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    David polákDavid polák8 months ago
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    YT CRISPYYT CRISPY8 months ago
  • Sleepy?

    Julie AnnJulie Ann8 months ago
  • But they couldn't defend Westbrook in the paint

    NooB SmasHNooB SmasH8 months ago
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    Brayden WBrayden W8 months ago
  • Javale McGee!

    MOOD CHANNELMOOD CHANNEL9 months ago
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    SlimetripinSlimetripin9 months ago
  • This is what i want to see.. nice compilation and explanation..👏👏👏👏

    jicko marasiganjicko marasigan9 months ago
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    Daniel LewisDaniel Lewis9 months ago
  • And if u think they can capitalize in the playoffs imma remind u that there gonna have playoff mode bron and rondo on the same team with 5 players with experience of winning it all.

    Vincent メVincent メ9 months ago
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    Aqua_ FlickedAqua_ Flicked9 months ago
  • Alex Caruso

    cortexgreen12cortexgreen129 months ago
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    Drew Woodburn 30Drew Woodburn 3010 months ago
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    SpectacleSpectacle10 months ago
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    basket_gamer 2.0basket_gamer 2.010 months ago
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    J OtteJ Otte10 months ago
  • imagine if the lakers did not wait for kawhi and getting players they really want. that would be scary

    Lem AndrezaLem Andreza10 months ago
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    SIMPLYSIMPLY10 months ago
  • “Lebron was bad defence last year..” 3:29 *Supermario song*

    Funny GuyFunny Guy10 months ago
  • 4:47 lebron gets shoved to defend

    Flossy SaucyFlossy Saucy10 months ago
  • Blockkkkkk

    Dzero_VGDzero_VG10 months ago
  • Im happy for howard!

    Anton QuirgstAnton Quirgst10 months ago
  • Javale is actually the greatest cheese player in the league right now. Put him in at the start for first quarter and just get free points while people are just starting to get warmed up and he just dunking over everyone for free points

    some guy oksome guy ok10 months ago
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    Josh MagazinJosh Magazin10 months ago
  • For haters jajajajaja

    JR. BáezJR. Báez10 months ago
  • 湖人总冠军!

    gao yuangao yuan10 months ago
  • Yo Alex Caruso is overlooked because he's not labeled a 3pt specialist, or have handles like kyrie and isn't a top caliber player like Bron, AD, Giannis, Harden etc. but even more important is his productivity both offensively and defensively, he's everywhere. He has good court IQ and his energy is contagious and has come a long way and is so worth the 5.5million dollar contract.

    Andrew DeckerAndrew Decker10 months ago
  • 3:19 "a lot of this has to do with anthony davis, who i will get into" Keep believing and you can achieve anything!

    Thompson ThompsonThompson Thompson10 months ago
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    kay chaserkay chaser10 months ago
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    Sole Seller Long IslandSole Seller Long Island11 months ago
  • Wait till west meets east then let's see if the Lakers do that crap to Giannis

    Tank BossTank Boss11 months ago
  • 17-2 now!

    Travis BonnerTravis Bonner11 months ago
    • Travis Bonner trash Clippers in 4

      T JazzT Jazz9 months ago
  • Who’s here when there 17-2 or more wins

    Henry JohnsonHenry Johnson11 months ago
  • He wasn’t playing D the last few years because the warriors were cheating

    Alex RoseAlex Rose11 months ago
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    On35hotOn35hot11 months ago
  • This team is supposedly the strongest of all time. Let us wait for the playoffs and the finals. If they won't become the champion, it would be a BIG SHIT to them and the fans.

    Angelito SaluagueAngelito Saluague11 months ago
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    Bruh ManBruh Man11 months ago
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    the fameGthe fameG11 months ago
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    Gabe EspineliGabe Espineli11 months ago
  • The lakers are 15-2 right now

    CRISTOPHER ZAMORACRISTOPHER ZAMORA11 months ago
  • 😁

    Dampa MaliitDampa Maliit11 months ago
  • LBJ is so good!

    I'm PaulI'm Paul11 months ago
  • There are no secrets, that's what you call hardwork.

    juanitojuanito11 months ago
  • I’m here when the lakers dominating at 14-2

    Aadarsh RajanAadarsh Rajan11 months ago
    • Aadarsh Rajan clippers in 4

      T JazzT Jazz9 months ago
  • Lakers have always been my team and this is the best team we have had since Kobe and shaq

    The Canadian GamerThe Canadian Gamer11 months ago
  • New watcher

    yung bullyung bull11 months ago
  • 🤣 🤣 🤣 HE'S A DEMIGOD🤣🤣🤣

    jephte Yiphtahjephte Yiphtah11 months ago
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    Jm VidalJm Vidal11 months ago
  • You spoiled it all by taking a dig at Lebron grow up man

    khalidntokozokhalidntokozo11 months ago
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    UnseenUnseen11 months ago
  • Hey dwight was a defensive player of the year twice

    christopher kettlerchristopher kettler11 months ago
    • 3​ times

      ch So.ch So.5 months ago
  • your videos are only watchable at 1.5x speed.

    A KA K11 months ago
  • LeBron is old

    ken kensken kens11 months ago
  • lousy

    ralen lizareralen lizare11 months ago
  • 💪💪💪

    Juanmarco BobisJuanmarco Bobis11 months ago
  • Dwight 🔥

    Matt MattMatt Matt11 months ago
  • Carushow

    Jason WangJason Wang11 months ago
  • I'm watching this now and they're 12-2 now 😂🔥

    Jireh HernandezJireh Hernandez11 months ago
    • Dark Eye 19-3

      _ WhereaboutsGS __ WhereaboutsGS _10 months ago
    • @Dark Eye 800647-0

      Vage KinVage Kin11 months ago
    • 16-2

      Dark EyeDark Eye11 months ago
    • The Canadian Gamer 15-2

      _ WhereaboutsGS __ WhereaboutsGS _11 months ago
    • Jireh Hernandez 13-2 know

      The Canadian GamerThe Canadian Gamer11 months ago
  • You really can’t judge though. People are coming back from injuries and are starting to get serious. And it’s only the first 6 games

    RESPECT Is givenRESPECT Is given11 months ago
  • Who cares! Age of 35...Lebron James is the real GOAT💪💯😍

    Ana BalasaAna Balasa11 months ago
  • Lakers r bouta win the finals Just to let u guys know the lakers have been my team since I was 8 so I’m not a bandwagon 😂

    Jaden GoddardJaden Goddard11 months ago
  • lakers 11-2

    Adjustment BureauAdjustment Bureau11 months ago
  • Love your videos! LETS GO LAKERS! 👍🏾👍🏾💪🏾💪🏾👑💍🏀🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆

    Fotosynthesis858Fotosynthesis85811 months ago
  • The lakers are actually not that good. They havent really played anybody! for them to be so deep they should be blowing teams out by 20 When the playoffs come i got them losing early in the 2nd round or 3rd round

    Trickdaddy hairlineTrickdaddy hairline11 months ago
  • Caruzo ❤

    Jecjun R. CordovaJecjun R. Cordova11 months ago
    • Da hell bro

      Jecjun R. CordovaJecjun R. Cordova11 months ago
  • Shut up dude! You sound like shit! 💩💩

    Guwaguwa GuwaguwaGuwaguwa Guwaguwa11 months ago
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    Jeric LaspinasJeric Laspinas11 months ago
  • Lmfao ppl still listening to this lying ass guy 😂

    Tyrelle TaylorTyrelle Taylor11 months ago
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    van obafialvan obafial11 months ago
  • Lakers will win 65+ this year unless major injuries start popping up....

    Shane WaltonShane Walton11 months ago
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