Jeremy Lin is one of the scoring options that the Lakers are counting on in order to lift them from this very poor, record-breaking performance to start the 2014-15 season. After scoring 21 points and having his fair share of assists in a win against the Hornets, Lin has since averaged more than 12 points and only 4 assists.
As the primary ball handler for the Lakers, it is expected of Lin to at least register more than 7 dimes a game if he does not score close to 20.
While we can argue that Kobe Bryant is holding the ball most of the time, we cannot also ignore the fact that Lin has averaged more than 34 minutes every game. However, we still cannot discount that Lin has been scoring well for Los Angeles, but not enough to garner him recognition. But Lin’s lack of consistency is not the only problem the Lakers are facing.
While all of the team’s starters are close to averaging double figures in points, the real problem of Los Angeles is its very bad defense. It figures that the Lakers’ roster is composed of below average defenders in Lin and Carlos Boozer.
Jordan Hill is a capable rebounder and scorer, but in terms of defense he cannot defend the paint well. Bryant is a good defender in the perimeter, but putting up more than 25 shots a game will certainly take its toll on him. The Lakers have no problems when it comes to scoring, but until the entire team learns how to play defense, Los Angeles is coming nowhere near the playoff picture.