Given the rapid evolution of basketball that puts emphasis on small-ball lineups and position-less players, Los Angeles Lakers head coach Frank Vogel thinks that it is the ‘non-shooting power forwards’ who have suffered the most.
In an interview with Steve Aschburner of nba.com, Vogel noted that the so-called non-shooting power forwards have been forced to move to the center spot. And in today’s game, centers are expected to be reliable shooters from deep, putting this type of power forward at a dilemma.
“I still think there’s a place for centers and big men in this league. The thing that’s gone away more than anything are lineups with two bigs. The non-shooting power forwards. Those are the guys I feel have suffered even more than the centers. They have become “fives” – but in turn, sometimes they’re just better basketball players than the [pure] fives. So that’s kind of pushing things too.”
In Vogel’s first year as Lakers head coach, he’ll have to figure out how to utilize his crop of talented big men: Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee. Among the aforementioned players, only Davis has the proven ability to knock down shots from deep.
Whether this is a boon or a bane for the Purple and Gold is a matter of wait and see. Perhaps the good thing for Lakers fans is that Vogel has figured out what possible weaknesses his team or other teams will have in today’s basketball milieu. The only thing to do now is to find an ample solution to it.
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