The Los Angeles Lakers moved into sixth place in the Western Conference last night with a solid victory over the New Orleans Pelicans.
It's still extremely early in the season, but, sitting on a 6-4 record, the signs are extremely positive for the famous Purple and Gold. And much of their success has to be attributed to the bench unit that is currently the highest scoring in the NBA.
With Lou Williams and Jordan Clarkson, who are averaging a combined total of 31.5 points per game, in the rotation, the Lakers' bench is proving to be extremely successful right now. But their strong start can be attributed to more than just the high scoring of two players.
Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance Jr. are playing incredible defence, while Tarik Black is also providing a unique physical presence in the paint. But the main reason behind the bench's blistering start, according to head coach Luke Walton, is their unselfish play.
Speaking ahead of last night's 126-99 win, the rookie head coach said: “That’s a lot easier said than done in professional sports. People want to put their numbers up. They have friends, family, media and social media.
“They’re putting the team ahead of ego. That’s awesome.”