Expect Mike D’Antoni’s system to really work in 2013. Joining the Los Angeles Lakers during the season, D’Antoni wasn’t able to really implement his system at that point. With a full training camp ahead, plus the time spent last season, the Lakers will have a really good feel when training camp starts.
The problem for D’Antoni was that his system is based on outscoring the opposition. For the Lakers, Kobe Bryant was the main scorer, which forced D’Antoni to play him a lot more than he should have been. The lack of speed and athleticism hurt them on the perimeters; they couldn’t get the ball up fast enough, and they weren’t able to consistently make long distance shots.
With the additions of Nick Young, Wesley Johnson and Jordan Farmar, the Lakers now have some youth and athleticism they have been lacking. With Young, the Lakers get a guy who can come in and score 15 plus points on any given night. You look at the new members, and you can see that the Lakers will be able to shoot the ball much more efficiently.
Now that Steve Nash will be healthy, they can finally run it the way it was meant to be run. Nash may not be the player he used to be, but he can still play at a high level, with proper rest. With Kurt Rambis joining the coaching staff as well, the Lakers will have a bigger focus on defense.
While 2013 may not be a championship year, with the Lakers finally getting healthy and settled, who knows what could happen.