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“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.

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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

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