Early Season Grades for the Lakers


Steve Blake made an immediate impact on the Lakers, as he hit the game winning shot on opening night. Blake is a solid point guard and is playing valuable minutes for the Lakers–the more minutes Blake plays, the less minutes Derek Fisher has to play.

Although Blake is not averaging a high number of assists, but he is still an upgrade for the Lakers from Jordan Farmar.  Blake is averaging 5.8 points per game, 1.3 rebounds per game and 1.9 assists per game.

On top of that, he is shooting close to 50% from the three point line, and has been given a “B+” for his play.


Shannon Brown came into the season looking to prove to the world that he is more than just a highflyer and dunker.  Brown has excited the crowd with his insane leaping abilities and multiple facial on opposing players.  However, he is now winning the fans over with his stellar shooting and clutch plays.

Feb 16, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown (12) during the game against the Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center. The Lakers defeated the Warriors 104-94. Photo via Newscom

Shannon Brown is averaging 10.7 points per game, 1.9 rebounds per game and 1.0 assist per game.

Brown is making his early season case for both Most Improved Player and also Sixth Man of the Year.

Brown has been very impressive this season and has earned a solid “A.”


Matt Barnes brings more toughness and feistiness to the Lakers, and is know for his never-back-down attitude.

Barnes has been playing great basketball and has brought great play off the bench for the Lakers.

One game Barnes will take up the scoring load, while in other game he will grab 10+ rebounds.

Barnes is averaging 9.4 points per game, 5.8 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game.

His solid play and his perfect game on Friday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves has earned Barnes a “B.”

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