Lakers Players Trending Up And Down At The Start Of 2014

Kendall-MarshallThe Lakers are in the midst of their worst stretch of the season having lost six straight games. While the first three losses were to some of the league’s top teams, the last three were to three of the four worst teams, record-wise, in the NBA, the last two of which were at home.

Despite the recent struggles, there continues to be some bright spots for the Lakers. With Mike D’Antoni’s ever-changing rotation, players who don’t play one game can play 30 minutes the next. This leads to different players having the opportunity to be heroes on a nightly basis.

Heading in to the start of 2014, these are the players who are looking good, and not so well:

Trending Up
Kendall Marshall

Not too long ago it seemed unlikely that Marshall would ever crack the Lakers rotation, but thanks to the inability of every Laker attempting to play point guard to stay healthy, Marshall got an unexpected opportunity and took advantage.

Marshall is averaging nine points and five assists in the Lakers last two games while hitting two three-pointers in each game. Marshall’s shooting was supposed to be his weak point, but he has proven to be a capable long range shooter, and his court vision is exceptional.

Very little is expected of Marshall, so anything good he gives the Lakers is a bonus. With so few healthy ball handlers available, Marshall is likely to continue to get decent run. The only downside is that every person plugged into the point guard slot has been hit with an injury of some sort, so Marshall better watch his back.

Shawne Williams

Williams has struggled to produce offensively this season despite getting relatively consistent minutes. While his jumper hasn’t come back to him yet, and his offense continues to be hit or miss, he has shown that he can contribute to the Lakers in a number of ways.

Williams has recorded double-digit rebounds in his last two games and flashed some defensive capabilities with his five block game against the Bucks. Williams has still not resembled the prototypical stretch four that everyone envisioned him as, but if he can show himself to be a plus defender, as well as post close to double-digit rebounds on a nightly basis, he is sure to keep himself a spot in the rotation.

Nick Young

I know Young was trending up last week, but he just continues to be the best Laker on a nightly basis.

Young is averaging 24 points per game over the last week and is showing that he can do more than just score as he has grabbed six rebounds in each of the last two games. And while his on-court contributions have been outstanding, his off-court contributions may be even greater.

Young is the glue that is holding this team together. Despite all of the losses, it is Young trying to keep everyone in positive spirits both on and off the court. His smile is infectious and he has made it his job to make sure everyone is happy when they enter the Lakers facilities. It’s teammates like Young, who will ensure these Lakers play hard every night, even if they fall short.

Trending Down
Wesley Johnson

Johnson has been abysmal offensively for the last couple of weeks now and it is really starting to hurt his role with the team. Johnson is clearly the Lakers’ best overall defender, and it really isn’t close. But his offensive game has fallen off of a cliff the past two weeks.

In the last nine games Johnson has scored in double figures only once, and failed to hit a three pointer in six of those games. Johnson failed to record a field goal in each of his last two games before missing the Bucks game with gastroenteritis.

Johnson is sure to have a role on this team as the defensive stopper, but if he can’t at least be a somewhat respectable offensive threat, he will lose a lot of minutes to those who can make a jump shot.

Chris Kaman

In the past three games, Kaman went from starting and posting double-double, to playing only 10 minutes, to getting the dreaded DNP-Coach’s Decision.

Kaman again voiced his frustration with his constantly changing role and, while he probably has some legitimate gripes with the constant changing of his spot in the rotation, his speaking on that subject in a negative is way is unlikely to bode well with the coaching staff.

Kaman played well when he got the opportunity, so it’s not out of the question that he could be on the other side of this equation next week. But he doesn’t seem to be in the good graces of Coach D’Antoni at this time and with Shawne Williams contributing and Robert Sacre always available to take minutes, Kaman could may etch himself a comfortable spot on the bench.

Xavier Henry

Unfortunately for Henry, he fell victim to the curse of the Lakers point guards in the 2013-2014 season. Henry’s knee issues are only expected to keep him out of action for 7-10 days, but with so many guard options, Henry could easily see his minutes reduced.

The play of Kendall Marshall could allow D’Antoni to use him more in the backup point guard role which Henry had been occupying. And with Nick Young playing exceptionally right now, plus the imminent returns of guys like Kobe Bryant and Steve Blake, Henry could soon find himself being the odd man out in a couple of weeks.

Henry was in the midst of one of his better stretches of play on the season before getting injured. If he is unable to continue that level of play when he returns however, he could soon see his minutes lessen.

———————————————————-
Jordan Farmar On Hamstring Tightness, Feels Like It Did Before He Tore It

I simply want to mention I am very new to blogging and honestly savored this blog site. More than likely I’m want to bookmark your blog post . You absolutely have really good stories. Many thanks for sharing with us your blog site.

  • You completed a number of nice points there. I did a search on the issue and found nearly all people will have the same opinion with your blog.

  • You made some decent factors there. I viewed on the internet for the issue and discovered most individuals will accompany with your internet site.

  • There are some interesting points in this short article but I don?t recognize if I see all of them facility to heart. There is some legitimacy however I will certainly hold opinion till I consider it better. Excellent write-up, thanks and we want more! Added to FeedBurner as well

  • I was extremely happy to discover this web-site. I wished to many thanks for your time for this fantastic read!! I definitely taking pleasure in every little of it and I have you bookmarked to look into new things you blog post.

  • I?m pleased, I have to claim. Really hardly ever do I come across a blog site that?s both informative and enjoyable, and also let me tell you, you have struck the nail on the head. Your idea is superior; the issue is something that not enough people are talking intelligently about. I am very happy that I came across this in my search for something connecting to this.

  • Oh my benefits! an outstanding short article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I am experiencing concern with ur rss. Don?t understand why Incapable to subscribe to it. Is there any individual obtaining the same rss problem? Any individual that knows kindly react. Thnkx

  • The following time I review a blog site, I hope that it does not disappoint me as long as this set. I mean, I understand it was my selection to read, however I really assumed youd have something interesting to state. All I listen to is a lot of whining concerning something that you might repair if you werent too hectic seeking interest.

  • Oh my goodness! an amazing article man. Thank you However I am experiencing issue with ur rss. Don?t know why Incapable to register for it. Exists any person getting the same rss trouble? Any person that knows kindly react. Thnkx

  • I am typically to blogging and also i truly value your web content. The article has really peaks my passion. I am going to bookmark your site and keep looking for brand-new info.

  • This internet site is truly a walk-through for all of the info you wanted concerning this and didn?t understand who to ask. Glimpse here, and you?ll certainly find it.

  • When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when brand-new comments are included- checkbox as well as currently each time a remark is included I obtain four e-mails with the very same remark. Exists any way you can remove me from that solution? Many thanks!

  • Youre so amazing! I don’t mean Ive check out anything such as this prior to. So wonderful to discover somebody with some original ideas on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this internet site is something that is required online, somebody with a little creativity. beneficial work for bringing something brand-new to the internet!

  • Can I simply state what an alleviation to discover a person that really knows what theyre talking about on the net. You certainly understand just how to bring a concern to light as well as make it crucial. Even more individuals need to read this and understand this side of the story. I cant think youre not a lot more prominent because you absolutely have the present.

  • A remarkable share, I just offered this onto a colleague that was doing a little analysis on this. And he actually acquired me breakfast since I found it for him. smile. So let me rephrase that: Thnx for the treat! Yet yeah Thnkx for investing the moment to review this, I feel strongly regarding it and like finding out more on this subject. When possible, as you end up being expertise, would certainly you mind updating your blog with even more details? It is highly useful for me. Big thumb up for this blog post!

  • You made some good points there. I looked on the web for the issue and found most individuals will certainly accompany with your website.

  • An outstanding share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who had been doing a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me dinner due to the fact that I stumbled upon it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to discuss this issue here on your internet site.

  • Can I simply claim what a relief to discover a person who in fact recognizes what theyre speaking about online. You absolutely know exactly how to bring an issue to light and also make it essential. Even more individuals need to read this and also recognize this side of the tale. I cant believe youre not extra preferred since you absolutely have the present.

  • I?d have to check with you here. Which is not something I usually do! I delight in checking out an article that will certainly make people think. Additionally, thanks for permitting me to comment!

  • I know this if off topic but I’m looking into starting my own weblog and was wondering what all is needed to get set up? I’m assuming having a blog like yours would cost a pretty penny? I’m not very internet smart so I’m not 100 certain. Any suggestions or advice would be greatly appreciated. Cheers

  • Hey I know this is off topic but I was wondering if you knew of any widgets I could add to my blog that automatically tweet my newest twitter updates. I’ve been looking for a plug-in like this for quite some time and was hoping maybe you would have some experience with something like this. Please let me know if you run into anything. I truly enjoy reading your blog and I look forward to your new updates.

  • I am really loving the theme/design of your web site. Do you ever run into any browser compatibility problems? A couple of my blog visitors have complained about my site not working correctly in Explorer but looks great in Chrome. Do you have any advice to help fix this issue?

  • When I initially commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are included- checkbox as well as currently each time a remark is included I obtain four emails with the same remark. Exists any way you can remove me from that service? Many thanks!

  • This is the right blog for any person who wants to discover this topic. You recognize so much its practically hard to say with you (not that I in fact would want?HaHa). You certainly put a new spin on a subject thats been covered for many years. Wonderful things, just fantastic!

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.