Last summer, the Los Angeles Lakers deviated from an age-old tradition of surrounding LeBron James with shooters. Unsurprisingly, that experiment fell apart almost immediately and by the time the team recognized the problem, it was too late.
This summer, the Lakers decided not to tempt fate a second time and added three players that have shot at least 40 percent from behind the 3-point line for their career: Danny Green, Troy Daniels and Quinn Cook. Jared Dudley, a career 39.2 percent 3-point shooter, just missed the cut.
The Lakers’ decision to surround James and his new superstar teammate, Anthony Davis, with shooters was influenced by newly-hired head coach Frank Vogel, who told Kyle Goon of the OC Register that constructing the roster was fairly simple:
Vogel was influenced by James’ Miami teams, with whom he sparred twice in the Eastern Conference Finals. He started evolving during his two-year tenure in Orlando, he said.
“It’s a simple concept, put shooters around elite offensive talents and you are going to be pretty good because your guys are either going to score or they’re going to find shooters on the weak side,” he said. “That’s the way our roster has been set up and built and we got an army of guys on that weak side that can punish either with the three or making plays off the bounce.”
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