Skip to main content

“This duo doesn't make any sense on a basketball level” - Brian Windhorst finds cracks in the Lakers' offensive strength going into the 2023 season

NBA Analyst Brian Windhorst made strong claims about the situation the Lakers are in.
Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley

Russell Westbrook and Patrick Beverley

The LA Lakers have generated a lot of excitement around the Patrick Beverley signing, given his hard-working attitude. To add to that, Beverley's supposed truce with Russell Westbrook has fans excited to see the duo in action.

But, NBA Analyst Brian Windhorst made strong claims about the Lakers' situation: "This duo doesn't make any sense on a basketball level."

The LA Lakers' shooting woes

Although Patrick Beverley played a crucial role in the Minnesota Timberwolves making the playoffs last season, he did not average great shooting percentages. He shot only 40.6% from the field and 34.3% from beyond the arc.

Scroll to Continue

Recommended Articles

Russell Westbrook, on the other hand, shot 44.4% from the field and just 29.8% from behind the arc. His shot-making was so poor that defenders opted to leave him free behind the three-point line with regularity.

Windhorst drew a parallel to the Lakers' 2020 title-winning season to explain this discrepancy:

"When the Lakers won their title a couple years ago, was with shooting. All of LeBron's great teams in his career had shooting. You have Russell Westbrook, one of the worst three-point shooters in the NBA. And Patrick Beverly, who is coming off his worst three-point shooting season of his career."

Brian Windhorst, ESPN

Anthony Davis' health will be crucial to the Lakers' 2022-23 campaign

Although the Lakers have added quite a few valuable pieces in their rotation, it is evident that the offensive contributions will primarily come from LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The duo's pairing in their 2020 title run was exceptional, but injuries have been plenty for Davis since then. He's played just 76 games over the last two seasons.

Anthony Davis averaged 23.2 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 2.3 blocks through 40 games last season, but the dominance with which he usually plays was lacking. However, reports over the summer have suggested that he's been working on his body, given how injuries have sidetracked his progress in the league. 

Portland TrailBlazers' legends: Clyde Drexler and Damian Billard

“From that moment, I knew it was possible”- Damian Lillard on passing Clyde Drexler’s Trail Blazers scoring record

Damian Lillard is set to break Clyde Drexler's Portland Trail Blazer scoring record next season.


Serge Ibaka shares an important lesson he learned from Derek Fisher

Ibaka is the type of player who never settles with what is in front of him. He constantly absorbs everything he feels will be beneficial for him. In the process, he became humbler and wiser

New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing

"I got aroused" — When Patrick Ewing testified in a strip club trial

Patrick Ewing admitted visiting the Atlanta strip club 10 times. His first time was in 1996 when he was in town for the Olympic Games

New York Knicks forward Latrell Sprewell

"One of the misconceptions about me is that I have this attitude problem" - Latrell Sprewell opens up about his off-court personality

Latrell Sprewell stressed that his fearless attitude on the court was far from who he was off of it.


Jerry West on how the Memphis Grizzlies almost picked LeBron James

Before Jerry West became general manager, the Memphis Grizzlies made a trade that hurt their chances in the 2003 NBA Draft.

Brooklyn Nets forward Blake Griffin

Blake Griffin is not the solution to the Boston Celtics' woes

Blake Griffin is already past his prime and there's little he could do to impact the Boston Celtics' title aspirations next season.

Philadelphia 76ers guard James Harden

James Harden explains why he considers himself  "one of the most unselfish players ever"

James Harden talks about the upcoming NBA season for the Philadelphia 76ers, while also opening up about his mindset and the time he spent playing Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving for the Brooklyn Nets

New Orleans Hornets point guard Chris Paul

"I'm a point guard and I'm that good" - Chris Paul's simple reply to a Hornets teammate who was baffled by his skills

Former New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith got an epic response from Chris Paul when he asked him how could he read the game while on the floor.