Dwight will be the defensive beast and work off nash, kobe and pau, you wont see him post up often. This isn't Orlando.
Orlando = team built around Howard
Lakers = team built around Kobe & Pau
Also to add Jamison 8-9ppg 4-5 rpg
I only expect a slight dip...but Nash's assists will be up for sure
I think it'll be like this:
Dwight may be the only guy to actually prosper from this trade because he'll have guys creating for him and the luxury of training against Pau in practice.
The expectations are visible behind Dwight Howard in LA
Their stats will probably take a slight dip but they're going to be so much more efficient. I think Pau's numbers might actually improve seeing as how he probably won't be taking 3s anymore.
Do I think Nash's assist total will drop? Kobe's scoring go down? Gasol's rebounding? or Howards ppg/rbp go down? It's not even something that matters.
I see Nash coming up with at least 9-10 assists per game, at the VERY least. Playing pick n roll with Gasol & Howard is craaaazzzy.
I would never doubt Kobe's season ppg average. To me, just not something I have to worry about. I'll leave my faith in his hands regarding this one.
Pau and Howard are going to flat out dominate the paint. Every game, every 2 players.
Antawn and Jamison were great starts to the bench and make LA's front court the best among all.
& not to be greedy but Jodie Meeks is the one last player I'd be so happy with. At a cheap cost, he would fit into the mix perfectly imo. Learning behind Kobe, provides 3 pt shooting, nifty defense.
Even if we don't sign anyone though, you cannot complain about this offseason.
Not one bit.
Last edited by STL Don; 08-10-2012 at 03:58 AM.
~ Oscar Taveras ~ The next Phenom
Early stats speculation:
Howard: 16-18ppg + 10-12RPG
Pau: 12-15ppg + 6-8RPG
Nash: 9-12ppg + 8-10APG
Peace: 9-10ppg + 4-6RPG
Jamison: 10-12ppg + 5-7RPG
Overall, shouldn't be any significant drops. Going to be interesting to see how the team gels. They should go deep into the playoffs, but too early to tell how that may pan out for them.
Kobe 25 pts 5 reb 4 ast
Dwight 19pts 14 reb 2,5blk
Pau 14 pts 10 reb 3ast
Metta 5 pts 3 reb 2 ast
Nash 11 pts 3 reb 9ast
BRING IT ON!
Yea there PPG will go down but they will go up in other stats.
Howard-Blocks/FG%(I know insane to think about since he's already high but a lot of easy buckets)
Gasol-Post/Pick & Roll/Boards
Their stats will probably go down a little but doesnt really matter because damn thats a scary scary team.
Kobe - 30+
Everyone elses drops
The rest is up to Kobe now. Does he become kinda that player on team USA or does he still play like kobe of the past few years. He has way too much help now to try and do too much. I hope he plays more effectively and be taking 26 shot attempts unless they were all good looks or he's hot that night.
Nash will average more assists than points.