As you may or may not have heard, the Los Angeles Lakers hired a new head coach this summer. The team elected to bring fan favorite Luke Walton home after a successful assistant/interim coaching stint with the Golden State Warriors, and from the moment he was hired fans have had one question: What type of offense will he run?
Instead of blindly guessing or speculating, Pete Zayas of Laker Film Room has been digging into Las Vegas Summer League tape all summer. In the latest round-up of his findings, he detailed how the Lakers (and especially sophomore guard D’Angelo Russell) can have success using double drag screens.
The Lakers got good results out of those sets in Las Vegas, especially during their comeback against the Philadelphia 76ers, where (as Zayas details) Russell recognized the Sixers’ struggles against the action and told his teammates to keep running it. The result? A staggering 37 points-in-13-minutes outburst, with the Lakers scoring a mind-blowing 1.43 points per use of double drag screens.
Yes, it was just one summer league game against the woeful Sixers, but as Zayas shows, it’s a set the Lakers can be expected to find some success with as they continue to grow.
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