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  1. Wow! I leave for a few weeks and this thread goes sideways quickly! Relax everyone. Go back to my post on page 1 if you need to strengthen your confidence in this guy. See what I wrote about him prior to the start of the season. His value was not a surprise to those of us watching the Lakers.
  2. If / when JaVale's numbers drop, it will have far less to do with Chandler and more because he is coming back to down to earth. He was putting up top 30 numbers. Did we really expect that for the entire season? I always felt he was worthy of rostering. It was why I drafted him. But I never expected such a high return for the whole season. If he remains top 100, then he still outperformed his ADP.
  3. This was my belief from the start. He has never really had that payday. He is in the prime of his career. He is having a career year. He is a free agent at the end of this season. I really don't want to undersell the guy though. He is an integral part of the Lakers team and will continue to be a fantasy producer. Just putting to rest the idea that he is capable of normal starters minutes.
  4. People that are concerned about Chandler hurting JaVale McGee's production are seriously misguided. McGee has been averaging a hair under 26 minutes per game for the entire season. If you go back and look at my previous posts before the season even started, you'll see that this was fully expected. I figured his minutes would be around 24 per game but had hoped he could reach 30. This was all before Chandler was brought on to back up McGee. In the last two games, McGee has played 23 and 27 minutes... his average. If you think that Chandler is hurting his numbers, you are grossl
  5. Agreed with some of the above posts. Chandler had and will continue to have no effect on McGee's numbers. The only thing that Chandler does is alter the backup center rotation. Those that have Kuzma will benefit the most from Chandler's presence. It means that Kuzma no longer has to spend time being overmatched and rundown by bigger players. He is free to play PF and some SF, his more natural position where he thrives as a scorer. 25 minutes for McGee and 23 minutes for Chandler. That's a full 48 minute center rotation. I can see that remaining as their averages for the rest
  6. With Chandler coming on board, this should have no effect on McGee. Chandler has certainly lost a step. However, this move out of a bad situation with the Suns I can see having a very positive effect on Chandler. We might even see a revitalized 36 year old player. But I imagine he won't be pushing past 15 minutes per game. Thus, he should only compliment McGee. Edit: I should throw in a little bit more. An interesting contrast for Chandler is that many Suns fans were calling for Chandler to be benched in favor of Richaun Holmes. The Suns failed with Tyson when they signed hi
  7. Moritz Wagner has been cleared to play beginning with tonight's game. I see this as having no effect on McGee's value, even if Wagner starts to show signs of being the next Dirk Nowitzki. He's a completely different type of player than McGee. He can stretch the floor with his shooting and brings a great deal of energy but his rim protection is fairly non-existent. Johnathan Williams has been mediocre as the back up center, so those minutes are still very much up for grabs. I foresee an eventual split between Williams and Wagner if Wagner displays any sort of competence and a full takeover
  8. A number of people in this thread are pushing McGee for more minutes. He's played 30 minutes twice so far in this young season, something I had hoped for if you look back on my previous posts. However, those extra minutes are slowly looking like a net-negative, which is also something I worried about. He and the coach are claiming the asthma is not an issue, but what else are they going to say? McGee is playing for maybe his biggest contract after this season. Coach Walton is in dire need of McGee's services at the center position. But his asthma is definitely an issue. If you watch how
  9. I'm not sure anyone would disagree with that starting lineup. I know that is the sentiment amongst nearly all Lakers fans. As for "not enough minutes to go around at the guard position unless they play small." Playing small is exactly what the Lakers want to do. in fact, Hart has been seeing some time at the SF position.
  10. Hart is definitely not Lonzo's main competition. They play different positions. Rondo is his main competition and he was brought in to tutor Lonzo. The front office saw that their games have a lot of similarities and so they want Rondo to groom Lonzo. Plus, having Rondo allows the Lakers to have an excellent PG in the game at all times, pushing the ball at the speed by which the Lakers want to play for all 48 minutes.
  11. I think that Lonzo is the most underrated player in basketball! Everyone says how much he stinks, how much he needs to improve, what a bust he is, etc. However, what many don't realize is just how much he affected the game in every category except his scoring, which is all most people look at! Yes his efficiency numbers need to improve. However what many naysayers overlook is that last season Lonzo was ranked 3rd amongst ALL point guards in defensive rating, impacted the Lakers offense more than any other player on the team and averaged 7 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 steals and 1 bloc
  12. There is a lot of talk around here with people that hang their hope on Wagner being serviceable in his first year. He brings two items that the Lakers would covet for the benefit of this team: energy and 3-point shooting. Since no one has stepped up and filled the back up center role yet, the job is very available. But Wagner is a rookie and a late first round pick at that. It's not often that rookies can make much of an impact, so expectations should be limited. Let's not forget that Svi Mykhailiuk also tore up the summer league to the point that he got voted in to the All-NBA Summer Lea
  13. I posted this in the JaVale McGee thread, but it seems even more fitting here: Unfortunately, with no other options available at center, Kuzma may be forced to slide back into that role upon Ingram's return.
  14. Before the season the SG position was the most competitive position for the Lakers. Many fans were a bit disappointed to see the resigning of KCP with the emergence of Hart. However, do not underestimate KCP. He is struggling right now and Hart is taking full advantage of it. But KCP has the ability to get hot himself. He's only shooting 17% from three right now. That is bound to change, and when it does, it will cut into Hart's time. With all of that said, Hart is such a valuable piece for the Lakers defense. His ability to switch, and play good defense while being posted u
  15. Here's what we learned from that game: Kuzma is overwhelmed playing center and it is effecting his game. The move back to the forward spot to fill in for the suspended Ingram placed him into a much more familiar and comfortable spot. He thrived again, going off for 37 points. The question now is, how will he be utilized? Ingram is shelved for three more games, so we get to watch this process unfold. I really don't know how many more minutes JaVale is capable of playing. I know that Walton is maximizing his abilities. It's possible that he knows pushing for more will result i
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