Pro: LeBron James is unstoppable on offense at center
The Lakers are one of the worst offensive teams (23rd in offensive rating!) in the NBA. LeBron James has carried the team ever since he returned from injury, averaging 35.4 points and 6.8 assists per game in his last five games.
Putting LeBron at center opens up the court, forcing defenders to guard him individually near the basket. Posting up LeBron like a center is much easier when he is actually playing center. He can either dribble past traditional centers or overpower undersized forwards in the post.
The Lakers are 3-1 in their last four games with LeBron at center. His post-up game has finally been unleashed after it was dormant for far too long.
"“He’s not wrestling so much and there’s more space for him to be a roller,” Vogel said of James. “There’s just a lot of positives to that and can we get away with it against certain matchups on the other end? Obviously when AD comes back, he’s gonna play a lot of minutes at the five and then we can play the smaller lineup as well. So it is a direction I think that we’re taking our team and so far we’re having some success with it, but we got to keep getting it better.”"
LeBron’s interior presence also opens things up for his teammates. Malik Monk has been on a tear due to the improved spacing on the court. Monk has solidified his spot in the starting lineup for the rest of the season, averaging 20 points per game while shooting well over 50% from the field.
Playing LeBron at center has greatly improved the Lakers’ offense so far. A five-out offense creates a lot more space for LeBron, Monk, and Westbrook to attack the basket.