The Lakers are still a work in progress, but they're a winning work in progress, kicking off the week with five wins in seven tries and the best point differential in the Western Conference. So what's working and what isn't? How are the new guys fitting in? To break it down, we welcome @Tim_NBA - known in NBA Twitter circles as Cranjis McBasketball - to the show. Tim runs the outstanding bball-index.com, and hosts the equally excellent Lakers Exceptionalism podcast on Twitch. He deconstructs the data, along with the x's and o's, around what the Lakers have been up to in the early going.
Some of the big questions we ask...
-How have the new guys fit in? What works for Montrezl Harrell and Dennis Schroeder particularly on both ends of the floor? Any reason to believe they won't be significant contributors throughout the season? That they might be vulnerable in the playoffs?
-What are the Lakers doing differently on the defensive side of the ball? How has new personnel changed the way Frank Vogel has to scheme?
-The Lakers are shooting the lights out from 3-point range. Why Tim thinks they have a good chance to remain one of the league's better teams from distance, which would certainly be a massive shift from recent seasons.
-What exactly does an elite shooting Lakers team mean for their title chances? (Spoiler alert... it certainly doesn't hurt them.)
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