How the Young Lakers Can Close Games Better.

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MAGICLAKEZ
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If you look at the NBA's clutch-time statistics (final five minutes of a game with a score differential of no more than five points), the aforementioned three players with the most offensive upside don't look too great as clutch-time players. That's because their defensive ratings during those moments are not too great.

Using NBA.com's offensive and defensive ratings, which project the number of points produced individually per 100 possessions, Kuzma is 16.4 points worse on defense than offense, Ball 10.5 worse on defense, and Ingram 8.7 worse on defense.

Furthering the problem is that the players supposed to be the glue bonding the defense with these guys have similarly failed: Larry Nance (25.9 points worse on defense than offense), Julius Randle (16.2 points worse), Josh Hart (15.3 points worse) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (9.2 points worse). These are all small sample sizes, but Clarkson's clutch defensive rating is particularly alarming at 180.4, basically the worst of any player to have played the clutch minutes he has.

Fantastic article by Kevin Ding of the OC register. Some very revealing data has been presented which should come as a bit of a surprise.

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MAGICLAKEZ wrote:

Not that surprising, except for Zo. Thought he might be better on defense over offense.

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kkennon1 wrote:
Not that surprising, except for Zo. Thought he might be better on defense over offense.

Surprised to see Nance’s stats tho.

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Between Nance and Clarky, they could sink the Titanic before it ever left port! Surprised about Kuzma but there is an explanation: He had a lot of open clutch fourth quarter shots and between Pope-A-Dope taking those shots and Zo not being there, Kuzma's stats went way down. Still, Kuz is not Kobe 2.0 --- YET!!!!!!!!!!!!

TERRY-TEAGLE
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Clarkson should be a bull fighter , he just let's people walk right into the lane

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BaadMaster wrote:
Between Nance and Clarky, they could sink the Titanic before it ever left port! Surprised about Kuzma but there is an explanation: He had a lot of open clutch fourth quarter shots and between Pope-A-Dope taking those shots and Zo not being there, Kuzma's stats went way down. Still, Kuz is not Kobe 2.0 --- YET!!!!!!!!!!!!
I think for 1sr yr guys Kuz and Zo are quite acceptable. Nance and Clarkson are appalling. Never thought I would see Nance on that list with one of the worst defensive numbers.


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