Los Angeles Lakers: 3 things needed to catch Milwaukee Bucks in standings

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2. Bolster Bench Scoring

Like most teams LeBron James plays on, the Lakers take a significant hit offensively when he goes to the bench. According to Nick Faiegen of SB Nation’s Silver Screen and Roll, the Lakers were a -3.8 per 100 possessions when LeBron James was on the bench earlier this season, but have been an impressive +4.8 over their last fifteen games.

Keeping this up for the remainder of the season could be a lofty task. Luckily, the addition of Dion Waiters could not have come at a better time.

Last season, Waiters averaged a healthy 12 points per game to go along with 2.6 rebounds and 2.8 assists. However, Dion’s value extends far beyond his stat line.

Similar to Jamal Crawford or J.R. Smith, the veteran Waiters has always had a knack for creating his own shot. On a team that far too often depends on LeBron James’ league-leading 10.6 assists per game to generate offense, Waiters could be just what the doctor ordered to help the bench finish the season strong.