Yes as we all know Lakers currently have the best record. As big a laker fan as I am I hate to say we are not playing to our true potential. The reason why the team's chemistry is so close-knit, the best since 02, is because of the constructed solid and very dependable bench built from scratch. Within two years, it's easily the best bench in the league. The Lakers starters need to lead by example and validate their starting positions by setting the high energy, fast paced tempo every given game. Having the luxury within the bench players coming in, keeping the tempo and momentum going and more often than usual, taking it to an even higher level is what the starters need for longer resting time. Typically teams rely on their starters to start the tempo but with the Lakers, this theory is turned around. If it wasn't for Phil's confidence putting in the second unit early we would have more losses.
UCLA's Jordan Farmar backing up veteran D. Fish is a definite cushion. Farmar has a better shot percentage than many back up point guards. He's averaging 7.9 points, 2.4 assists and near 20 minutes a game. Sasha Vujacic is averaging 5.8 ppg. Trevor Ariza has been the shocker in my eyes, with his lock down D and perimeter shooting. Luke is averaging 7 assists in the last 4 games. Josh Powell has a jump shot? His presence is often seen around the key, not in it due to his ability to make a jump shot. His minutes are varied but when he's on court he will contribute. DJ Mbenga is more of a defensive player than anything else. If an opponent attempts a floating layup around him, fans are treated with a souvenir ball, personally autographed by his hand print.
Lets get it rolling and good times ahead!