Steve Nash’s Potent Offense A Key To This Lakers Team

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers at Brooklyn NetsOn January 25, something strange happened in a game against the Utah Jazz: Kobe Bryant looked to pass first and score as a second option.

This trend continued until the All-Star break, where the Lakers went 8-4 and Bryant averaged 8.5 assists over the 12 game stretch.

With Kobe facilitating the offense, Steve Nash’s assists average dipped to just 5.5, but his offensive potency was put on display.

Since the All-Star break, things have leveled off a bit as Kobe’s scoring a lot and doing so with an extremely high rate of efficiency, and Steve Nash is running more successful pick-and-rolls.

However, although Kobe has looked for his shot more and has averaged 32.2 points since the break, he hasn’t done away with passing altogether, either, as he’s averaging 7.1 assists in the ten games since the All-Star break.

Nash’s assists average has dipped even more, all the way down to just 5.0 per game, but he’s been aggressive on the offensive end.

Essentially, Bryant and Nash have found a way to successfully coexist and play off of each other.

Kobe often isolates or breaks down the first line of defense, and then passes to an open Nash to either pop a three-pointer, or drive into the lane and get a better shot or make a second pass.

On other occasions, Nash runs pick-and-rolls with Dwight Howard with a much better result than before the All Star break.

One thing which has been constant ever since that Utah game has been Nash’s hot shooting and overall offensive production.

In those 22 games, Nash is averaging 13.6 points per game on 50.7 percent shooting from the field and 46.2 percent from behind the three-point line.

For a guy who’s averaged 14.4 points on 49.1 percent shooting from the field and 42.8 percent shooting from three over his whole career, this may not appear as much of a big deal.

Perhaps it’s not, but what is evident is that Nash’s shooting is being featured more than his passing–which is perfectly fine for now.

Now, since the ten games following the All-Star break, Nash has averaged 14.2 points on 50.0 percent field goal shooting and an incredible 53.3 clip from behind the three-point arc!

Nash is still dropping dimes, but perhaps his greater–or at least equal–value to this team is his ability to knock down the long ball and/or create his own shot. Both are elements Kobe Bryant couldn’t count on from teammates in the past.

Where Kobe Bryant is leading the team in scoring in those ten games (32.2), Dwight Howard (15.5) and Steve Nash (14.2) have complemented him well. More importantly, the trifecta is averaging over 50 percent from the field.

However, it has been Nash’s red-hot shooting from long range which has allowed Kobe more space to operate, and in turn opened things up for Dwight Howard a bit more as well.

Next Page: Is Nash Being Used Properly, Though?

I simply want to tell you that I’m new to weblog and seriously loved you’re web site. Likely I’m going to bookmark your blog . You really have really good posts. Many thanks for sharing your web site.

  • Can I simply claim what an alleviation to find a person that actually recognizes what theyre discussing online. You definitely recognize how to bring a concern to light and make it essential. More individuals require to read this as well as comprehend this side of the tale. I angle think youre not much more prominent due to the fact that you definitely have the present.

  • I?m impressed, I must claim. Actually seldom do I run into a blog site that?s both educative and also amusing, and let me inform you, you have struck the nail on the head. Your idea is outstanding; the problem is something that inadequate individuals are speaking wisely about. I am extremely delighted that I stumbled across this in my search for something connecting to this.

  • Can I just say what a relief to get someone that actually understands just what theyre speaking about on the net. You certainly know how to bring an issue to light and make it important. More people must check this out and appreciate this side of the story. I find it difficult to imagine you’re not more popular since you definitely possess the gift.

  • Youre so awesome! I do not expect Ive read anything such as this before. So great to locate someone with some initial thoughts on this subject. realy thanks for beginning this up. this website is something that is needed on the internet, someone with a little creativity. beneficial work for bringing something new to the net!

  • This is the best blog for any individual who wants to discover this subject. You recognize so much its virtually hard to say with you (not that I really would want?HaHa). You definitely placed a new spin on a subject thats been blogged about for years. Fantastic things, simply great!

  • Youre so amazing! I do not expect Ive check out anything like this prior to. So wonderful to locate somebody with some original ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this internet site is something that is required on the web, a person with a little creativity. useful job for bringing something brand-new to the internet!

  • I think this is among the most vital information for me. And i am glad reading your article. But should remark on few general things, The site style is great, the articles is really excellent : D. Good job, cheers

  • You must participate in a contest for one of the most effective blog sites online. I will certainly advise this website!

  • Aw, this was a really nice article. In concept I would love to place in writing like this furthermore? requiring time as well as real effort to make a very good short article? yet what can I state? I postpone alot as well as by no means appear to get something done.

  • Hello! I simply would love to provide a massive thumbs up for the wonderful details you have right here on this message. I will be coming back to your blog site for even more soon.

  • When I originally commented I clicked the -Alert me when new remarks are added- checkbox as well as currently each time a comment is added I obtain 4 emails with the same comment. Is there any way you can eliminate me from that solution? Many thanks!

  • I was really delighted to discover this web-site. I intended to many thanks for your time for this remarkable read!! I absolutely enjoying every bit of it and I have you bookmarked to have a look at new stuff you post.

  • This website is really a walk-through for all of the information you desired regarding this as well as didn?t know that to ask. Glance right here, and you?ll certainly discover it.

  • A remarkable share, I simply offered this onto a colleague who was doing a little evaluation on this. And also he actually purchased me morning meal since I located it for him. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the reward! But yeah Thnkx for investing the time to discuss this, I really feel highly concerning it and love reading more on this subject. If possible, as you end up being expertise, would certainly you mind upgrading your blog with even more details? It is extremely valuable for me. Large thumb up for this blog post!

  • After study a few of the blog posts on your internet site now, and also I absolutely like your method of blogging. I bookmarked it to my book mark internet site listing and will certainly be checking back soon. Pls check out my web site as well as well as let me recognize what you assume.

  • I found your blog site on google as well as examine a few of your very early articles. Remain to keep up the very good operate. I just added up your RSS feed to my MSN Information Viewers. Looking for forward to finding out more from you later!?

  • You really make it appear so easy with your presentation but I in finding this matter to be actually one thing which I feel I would never understand. It kind of feels too complex and very vast for me. I am having a look forward on your next publish, I will attempt to get the grasp of it!

  • Oh my benefits! a fantastic article guy. Thanks Nevertheless I am experiencing issue with ur rss. Don?t understand why Incapable to sign up for it. Is there any individual getting the same rss issue? Any person that knows kindly respond. Thnkx

  • Amazing blog! Is your theme custom made or did you download it from somewhere? A theme like yours with a few simple tweeks would really make my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your design. Thanks

  • Hola! I’ve been following your weblog for a while now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  • Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published.