trodgers wrote: I have to say that I love some of the Lakers' personnel for the Princeton Offense. Skip to the bold at the end for my question :)
There are a few other players I think will be adequate: MWP, Morris (yes, really), and Eyenga.
I think the biggest questions I have are the following:
1. Backup SG - I don't trust any of our Guards outside Nash, Kobe, and Blake to play well in this set. I think Blake is perfect for it, but then we don't have depth. Goudelock isn't a good decision-maker, is undersized, and can't pass. Morris might be able to do it, but he's going to have a lot of work to do. It would be a big jump in minutes for him.
Morris is an awful freelance PG unless he's running a fast break. He needs structure, which he and nobody else had last season. I think it will help him out, but I still don't see him as an NBA ready PG yet. He should have gotten more D-league time last season, but an injury to Blake kept him in the lineup.
2. Center - Hill has great activity, but he's a TERRIBLE decison-maker. Bynum struggled with the double. One thing the motion offense is designed to do is make teams have to react to the ball when it goes to the big on the block. If they move to double, Bynum can make a pass; if they stick with their men, Bynum has a 1 on 1. But the key here is that there is this moment of reading and reacting. Unlike in whatever offense we ran last year, Bynum will have that split second to see what's going on before there is a double on him. The question is whether this is going to allow him enough time to make a better decision than he did last year. In reality, this is my biggest concern. I think our personnel is excellent for the Princeton Offense (Barnes would be great in it, too); but what about Bynum? Is this a help for him? Is it enough? Will he benefit?
Bynum managed to improve his decision-making out of double-teams last season as the season wore on despite playing in an awful offensive scheme where nobody moved and everybody stood around. He averaged 1.4 apg and 2.5 TO's during the regular season. That improved to 1.5 apg and 1.3 TO's during the postseason. If Bynum can improve his passing out of double-teams in a horrible offensive scheme last season, I can only see him getting better playing in the Princeton offense with Nash spreading the floor and teammates moving in a prescribed manner that will make it easier for Bynum to know what to look for.