POSITION SUMMARY: BIGS
Dwight Howard: 2722 minutes
Pau Gasol: 1655 minutes
Antawn Jamison: 1636 minutes
Earl Clark: 1363 minutes
Jordan Hill: 458 minutes
Robert Sacre: 203 minutes
-As expected, Howard and Gasol played the most minutes at the 4 and 5 spots. Unfortunately, injuries and experimentation saw Jamison play some time at the PF position, where he was exposed defensively. Clark filled the role that Hill, who went down with an injury, was expected to play, and Sacre saw pretty typical rookie minutes.
-Howard (excellent), Jamison, Hill, and Gasol all scored with at least good efficiency. By comparison, Bynum led LA bigs with 6.2 SCOFF last season, and Gasol was second at 5.8. This means LA got a bit less help in the scoring department. The big shift from last season to this season was from skill to hustle players playing the bulk of the minutes.
-Pau Gasol's PAFF is just amazing for a big, and it highlights a strength for LA bigs. Earl Clark (largely a SF) posted a solid number, too. Howard is right in line with Bynum's number from last season. The others aren't terrible, but no one would suppose that Jamison, Sacre, or Hill is a more than an adequate passer.
-Hill posted a ridiculous 4.5 HUFF last season, and he followed it up with another awesome mark. He's simply one of the best hustle players in the league. Howard slipped just slightly (from 3.8), but that number is still elite. Clark and Gasol's numbers are adequate. Jamison (undersized) and Sacre (inexperienced) have some deficits to cope with.
OFFENSIVE RATING (Composite of other three)
-The good news here is that the Lakers have three players whose offensive talents make them worthy of a starting spot. Further good news is that Jamison and Clark are quality backups (at least offensively). Even Sacre is what he was billed as - the last big to suit up and see spot duty.
Dwight Howard is a Free Agent; he received $19.3M this season. Pau Gasol has one year remaining at $19.3M. Jordan Hill has another season at $3.5M. Clark, Jamison, and Sacre are all Free Agents.
The Bigs situation offers perhaps LA's most _comfortable_ flexibility. The team can go in several directions and still field a quality stable of bigs. Given that Jamison is better suited at SF and will probably not return, let's set him aside. Howard must be retained. Once that happens, the Lakers have the luxury of running Howard-Gasol-Hill-Clark-Sacre. If Gasol is moved in order to pursue a SF or PG, the Lakers can still field Hill or Clark at the 4 and Howard at the 5 with Sacre (and Hill doing double duty) backing up Dwight. It's a good, deep lineup.
Its like Dr. Buss is guarding the Celtic rim this second half. Nothings dropping