Los Angeles Lakers: 3 Reasons Why Josh Hart Should Start

Josh Hart, Los Angeles Lakers
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2. Low Shooting Volume and High Efficiency

Inserting Hart into the starting five will add more balance to the starting lineup. Think about Andre Roberson on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Granted Roberson is not an effective scorer, however, he provides the Thunder with defensive balance.

The OKC shooting guard allows Russell Westbrook and Paul George to take the reigns as the number one and two scoring options. Occasionally Roberson will score off of a drive or a put-back. On the bright side, Hart will provide more than two points for a young Lakers team.

Adding Hart to the starting lineup will cause fluid ball movement and constant motion. Sometimes on offense KCP tends to take contested shots that translate to long rebounds and fast break points for the other team. Last season Hart attempted 6 field goals per game and made 2.8 per game (46.9 percent). The more time the one-year guard plays his attempts will increase (not to mention his confidence will as well).

Playmaking is an aspect that Walton wants his team to improve on during the season. The Villanova prospect can add more ball-handling to the Lakers starting lineup and a player who can be effective without the ball in his hands.

In both starts, in the preseason the young Laker has scored double digits while shooting above 43 percent from the field. Again, it’s just preseason, but switching Hart into the starting lineup for KCP may not be a bad idea.

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