Saturday, September 17, 2022

Lakers advantage take dennis schroder

 Dennis Schroder's career is like a roller coaster in the 2021-2022 season. Because, after rejecting the contract extension offer from the Los Angeles Lakers, he was even threatened with not playing in the NBA. Luckily there was the Boston Celtics who accepted it. Although in the end, the Celtics didn't really want a Schroder. But now, Schroder is about to start a new chapter with the Lakers. Forgetting disputes, and trying to rise from the slump. 

When reading the story about Schroder's contract extension offered by the Lakers, it was as if the player was the wrong one. Because he refused US$84 million worth of money for four years, just because Schroder felt that he could get a high contract from other teams. It turned out to be just an empty patch, which was not proven. 

On the contrary, the Lakers can also be said to regret not keeping Schroder. Because after that, they actually fell into a slump in the 2021-2022 season. So it can be said that both of them have suffered losses. Schroder's return to the Lakers, however, will give the Lakers an advantage. There are three things that are the core discussion. 

First, Schroder did not put the Lakers' finances at risk. This means that this one-year contract will not burden the Lakers at the end of the 2022-2023 season. Because at the end of the season, Schroder's status will be a "free agent" again, and he has no player options. 

Schroder will not ask for a salary increase in the next season. So that the Lakers don't have to worry about their finances. If Schroder plays well, it is obviously very profitable for the Lakers. On the contrary, if he plays poorly, then there are still Patrick Beverley, Kendrick Nunn, or Austin Reaves. There is no need to be ashamed to put Schroder on the bench, because he is a player who is "cheap". 

Speaking of the "price" or value of this contract, the Lakers were stuck with the word last season. Of course, in this discussion, it has something to do with Dennis Schroder. 

Last season, Russell Westbrook's presence on the court made the Lakers' statistical record always negative in some aspects. Westbrook's ability to play the ball is not good, making the Lakers' turnover rate the highest in the NBA. Especially in the fourth quarter. On the other hand, Westbrook has a high ego in playing. 

Ironically, because Westbrook was hit by a player with a "high price", then the Lakers had no other choice. It's a bit embarrassed for the Lakers to make a player with a salary of US$44.2 million a year sit on the bench. The Lakers had to miss Out on Rajon Rondo, Isaiah Thomas, D.J. Augustin, Darren Collins and a string of other major guards in the transfer market, simply for retaining Russell Westbrook. 

Schroder's presence will make the Lakers feel safe game-wise. So if they have to lose Russell Westbrook, then they could be replaced by Schroder or Patrick Beverley. The right strategy for the Lakers, although they have to find a profitable deal. Because there are indications that the player swap scheme involving Westbrook will not be profitable for the Lakers. 

The third thing that the Lakers gain is from the defense side. The Lakers were already careless by releasing Alex Caruso. Though he is a good defensive player in the perimeter area, as well as a player who can bring the bench to life. The contract value is only US$15 million for two years. The Lakers instead gathered veteran players who probably wouldn't like to defend. They prefer to show the ability to attack and enter points. This is what makes the Lakers' defense drop drastically.

Therefore, the inclusion of Dennis Schroder will provide a change from the defensive side. In terms of age and play, Schroder can prove that he is capable of strengthening the Lakers' defense. Meanwhile, in terms of attack, Schroder is no less good. there was a 2019-2020 season, Schroder was able to give up 343 shots (166 two-pointers and 177 three-pointers). Then while playing on the Lakers, he fired 283 shots in four minutes per game

So it can be concluded that The return of Dennis Schroder to the Lakers will provide many advantages for the team. On the other hand, Schroder will play all out to prove that he is worthy of a long-term contract with the Lakers. (*)

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