30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: Los Angeles Lakers
30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts: Los Angeles Lakers

This article is part of our 30 Days, 30 Teams, 30 Facts series.

With the NBA on hiatus for at least 30 days, I'll be coping by posting an article every day with 30 random/interesting facts from each of the 30 teams. Hopefully, the season will resume when I hit publish on the Wizards' article.

Day 14:

Los Angeles Lakers

Stats are mostly from Cleaning the Glass, but also RotoWire, NBA.com and Basketball-Reference.

  1. Kyle Kuzma is in just the 16th percentile with 105.2 points per 100 shot attempts.
  2. LeBron James is assisted on just 30% of his made shots – the lowest mark of his career.
  3. LeBron James has only 23 corner three attempts this season.
  4. LeBron James makes the shot on 37.4% of his drawn shooting fouls – in the 93rd percentile for forwards.
  5. Anthony Davis has been assisted on all of his made threes this season.
  6. Anthony Davis takes 41% of his field goals from the mid range – the 92nd percentile for bigs. However, he's only an average mid-range shooter – in the 50th percentile at 39%.
  7. For his position, Anthony Davis is in the 88th percentile for block rate (3.6%) and in the 89th percentile for steal rate (1.8%), but he only commits a foul on 2.8% of team plays (88th percentile), which is a rare combination of defensive aggressiveness without fouling.
  8. Anthony Davis' point differential is just -0.2. Opponents add 3.2 more points per 100 possessions through transition plays when he's on the court, which is in the second percentile.
  9. Kyle Kuzma is 49% (25-of-51) from the corner.
  10. Alex Caruso is just 14% (8-of-56) from the mid range.
  11. Alex Caruso has the third-highest point differential (+4.6) on the team. Opponents score 2.4 fewer points per 100 possessions through transition plays when he's on the court, which is in the 94th percentile.
  12. Anthony Davis and LeBron James are both in the 98th+ percentile for their respective positions in terms of drawing non-shooting fouls. Davis draws one on 4.0% of team plays, while James draws one on 2.6% of team plays.
  13. Dwight Howard is in the 98th percentile for his position in both drawing shooting fouls and drawing non-shooting fouls. He's hacked on 26.2% of shot attempts, plus draws a non-shooting foul on 3.6% of team plays.
  14. Dwight Howard has the third-highest offensive rebounding rate (14.6%) in the NBA.
  15. Alex Caruso has a steal rate of 2.5%, which is in the 98th percentile for combo guards.
  16. Danny Green has the second-highest point differential on the Lakers (+5.5) behind LeBron James (+12.0).
  17. Rajon Rondo has the worst point differential (-6.8) on the Lakers of anyone who has seen 400+ minutes.
  18. The Lakers score 5.2 more points per 100 halfcourt plays with JaVale McGee on the court – the second-highest mark on the team behind LeBron James.
  19. The Lakers add 1.8 points per 100 possessions through transition plays with Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the court – the highest mark on the team and in the 89th percentile.
  20. Out of all Lakers lineups that have played 100+ possessions together, the best is +38.7 and contains Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso, LeBron James, Kyle Kuzma and Dwight Howard. The worst is -0.7 and contains Avery Bradley, Danny Green, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard.
  21. The Lakers are 1.7 points better on defense with Anthony Davis at center compared to power forward, but they're 2.1 points worse on offense.
  22. Lakers small-ball lineups – no Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee – have a +2.5 net rating in a 157-possession sample.
  23. The Lakers have the second-best point differential (+7.1) in the NBA. However, they have 4.1 more wins than expected based on point differential – the second most in the league.
  24. At home against bottom-10 point differential teams, the Lakers have the second-best net rating (+18.5) and spread differential (+6.9).
  25. On the road against top-10 point differential teams, the Lakers have the best net rating (+4.0) – high enough to be at a 51-win pace if they only played away games against top-10 teams.
  26. The Lakers have the best point differential (+14.9) on back-to-backs.
  27. Since the All-Star break, the Lakers have the best defense (101.6) but the sixth-worst offense (109.3).
  28. The Lakers take the second-most shots at the rim (39.7% of team attempts) in the league, and they're the most accurate team from that spot (68.9%).
  29. The Lakers have the second-best three-point defense (34.7%).
  30. The Lakers add 2.1 points per 100 possessions through transition plays off of live rebounds – the most in the league.

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Alex Barutha
Alex is RotoWire's NBA Assistant Editor. He writes articles about daily fantasy, year-long fantasy and sports betting. You can hear him on the RotoWire NBA Podcast, Sirius XM, DraftKings Live and other platforms. Vince Carter and Alex both first dunked during their respective sophomore years of high school.
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