Lakers’ new head coach Mike Brown isn’t very good at his job, period. He has Kobe Bryant shooting all the time instead of keeping Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum more involved in the offense. The Lakers finished the first half of the 2011-12 season with a 20-14 record which has them in second place in the Pacific Division, 1.5 games behind the Clippers. They are also currently sitting #5 in the Western Conference as of right now. Here is a look at the players that have made the biggest impact in the first half of the season in my opinion:
Team MVP: Kobe Bryant: 33-year old shooting guard Kobe Bryant is still the best player on the Lakers. He has played in 34 games (all starts) for the Lakers so far this year and he is averaging 38.2 minutes, 28.4 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. The Lakers would probably be a tad better if Bryant passed the ball a little bit more in the second half of the year.
Biggest Surprise: Andrew Bynum: 24-year old center Andrew Bynum flashed potential earlier in his career, but he’s having a breakout year in 2011-12. Bynum has played in 30 games (all starts) for the Lakers so far this year and he is averaging 34.6 minutes, 16.3 points, 12.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.
Biggest Disappointment: Metta World Peace: 32-year old small forward Metta World Peace has been pathetic so far this year for the Lakers. He has played in 33 games (14 starts) for the Lakers so far this year and he is averaging 22.8 minutes, 4.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. World Peace is only shooting 33.5% from the floor, 23.9% from three point range and 51.1% from the free throw line so far this year and that is horrible. It’s only a matter of time before Metta World Peace gets plucked out of the starting lineup.