Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG 2015-16 Player Rater: 4.36 (led Lakers) 2016-17 Player Rater: 5.77
Demetrius Harris Authentic Jersey Clarkson has also primarily come off the bench. He’s logging almost five minutes less per game than in 2015-16. Yet he still leads the Lakers with 27.8 minutes per game.
Despite the minutes drop, Clarkson’s volume stats by and large compare with his solid 2015-16 numbers. But the secret sauce in his improvement comes from the steals department. Clarkson currently averages 1.8 thefts per tilt, a huge leap over last season’s 1.1 steals. He’s already posted multiple five-steal games, including last Friday’s monster 20-point, 4-3-pointer and 5-steal line versus the Warriors.
Julius Randle, PF 2015-16 Player Rater: 2.65 2016-17 Player Rater: 4.70
Cause one: his field goal percentage bump. His .538 percentage marks a quantum leap versus last season’s .429. Randle’s shooting has improved despite the average distance of his shot moving out from 6.7 to 7.9 feet. Even more incongruously, his biggest jump is in deep 2-pointers (from .254 to .556).
Womens Dennis Rodman Jersey The area where Randle’s doing something special for his position? Assists. Randle’s court vision has opened up to the tune of 3.8 assists per game. That’s one of the best big-men per game averages in the entire league.
Randle still isn’t adding much in the defense categories (0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks), but his dimes have the potential to make Randle a unique fantasy asset.
Nick Young, SG/SF 2015-16 Player Rater: -3.43 (depressed due to injury and a social media mishap) 2016-17 Player Rater: 4.45
Young’s heartwarming comeback campaign suffered a bit of a scare last night via an Achilles strain. It’s hard to believe, but the preternaturally sophomoric Young has transformed into something of a 31-year-old grizzled veteran.
Like every other Laker on this list, Young’s transformation arrives via efficiency. Young’s improvement is concentrated in one specific area: 3-point production. As of last night’s game, Young was averaging a career-high 2.6 3-pointers per game. That high average is accompanied by a career-high .418 3-point percentage.
(I mean come on. Nick Young’s eFG% is 59 percent! Walton should get Coach of the Year based on that alone.)