January 20, 2018

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Coach Nick spotlights 3 Lakers: Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, and D’Angelo Russell. This big 3 can easily grow into a huge threat to the Western Conference, as their unique and immense skill sets complement each other beautifully.

Let’s start with Jordan Clarkson and what he can do out of the pick and roll. One thing that will really help is the movement the Lakers get before initiating it – allowing Clarkson to find some space where he can pull up from the midrange.

Out of the Chin series of the princeton, you can see how defenses will be out of position to contain him when the ball screen comes out top. Same play, and this time, it’s his mastery of the hesitation inside out move that gets him the floater at the basket.

One of his strengths is the change of pace, as he uses it with subtle fakes to explode into drives. While you can’t rely on shots like these, he does have them in his bag.

They will go straight pick and roll out top at end of quarters, and Clarkson is a creative shot maker helped by his size over smaller guards. He’s got a variety of finishes that keep defenders off balance.

With Julius Randle’s body type, you might be reminded of Shaq, as he uses his wide shoulders as battering rams to claim space down low near the hoop. He’s a guy who loves getting into the middle of the lane, and he’s got very good body control and touch for someone so big.

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He almost favors going to his right, using his broad shoulders to establish position, and then get back to finish with his left hand. And he can also drive to his right from the perimeter, showing the inkling of a step back game with nice touch, and he’s also got a nice floater he can unleash as well.

Another revelation is his ability to push the ball up the court and facilitate. He’s got good handles and court vision, making him an even tougher matchup. And when his young and fast teammates run with him, the defense will be hard pressed to get back in time to protect the rim.

His vision and passing isn’t limited to the fast break, either. In the Princeton offense, he’ll have plenty of opportunities to find cutters.

Moving on to D’Angelo Russell – it feels like he’s struggling to fit in. His jump shot mechanics are inconsistent as he tends to float and let his upper body be out in front of his legs.

And he seems a bit too quick on the trigger with jacking up shots from the perimeter. He should really eliminate the quick 3s and long 2s when there’s lots of time left on the shot clock, since he’s more effective penetrating and kicking out for open shots rather than force up these types of shots.

With his size, he could post up smaller point guards, and he seems comfortable calling for the ball down there.

He does have excellent ball handling skills, and an instinct for entertainment. He just needs to keep working on getting stronger so he can finish through contact.

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And he’s at his best when he can get into the lane going left, then find the roll man cutting to the hoop, and he’s got excellent timing, knowing right when to slip the pocket pass to the big man cutting.

Another exciting development is the chemistry that seems to be evolving between Jordan Clarkson and Julius Randle – they’re already starting to look for each other and you can see that court awareness between them. This is one of the keys to their success and if Russell can get involved, they’ve got a very bright future ahead of them.
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Coach Nick is the founder of BballBreakdown, coached the Triangle Offense at the high school level, and counts Tex Winter and Pete Newell as mentors. For more of our conversation, follow him @BBALLBREAKDOWN.

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15 comments

  • I strongly disagree. Randle can’t do nothing without the ball. He is no better than….Terrence Jones.
    Jodran Clarkson is your everybay backup point guard who know nothing except scoring.
    Russell remind me of Kendall Marshall,excellent passer—and that’s all.
    And they can’t guard anybody.
    The lakers are going to be the 2010s Sacramento Kings without drafting DeMarcus Cousins or Tyreke Evans.

  • I feel ok to check video here, but the video quality and speed are suck!! Due to the lag problem, I can’t even finish watching one video here, which I can watch your full video in HD in YouTube.

  • Great videos coach, but the quality and lag of these videos here is disturbing, really unpleasant to watch.

  • Thanks. Are u in the US? Seems like we’ve only heard about this issue from international people. When you say lag, do u mean it stops to buffer? If u pause it for a few seconds, does it get better?

  • I agree with some of the comments, I’m from Puerto Rico and the video took a while to load. I hope you can keep making content and since is one of the best NBA related discussions I like to be a part of.

  • Nice insightful breakdown!
    The young Lakers trio are going to have a few years of growing pains but if they stay committed to the process, their future will indeed be bright (Anthony Brown & Nance Jr. included.

  • I feel like Byran Scott offense system (Princeton offense) benefits these youngsters to grow in NBA because college player tended to play under princeton offense, slow-mo flow of basketball and seek for open man or cutter. when majority of offensive set is similar to college, it will help the youngsters to transit from college to professional. that is why clarkson strive from last year. hopefully after 2 years grow, these three youngsters become cornerstone and Lakers can find the right coach to lead the team to playoff. i don’t think bryan scott is the coach to lead a playoff team, he is more like a mentor coach to youngsters.

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