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The extraordinary statistical difference in the L.A. Lakers compared to one year ago

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Just about anybody can tell the L.A. Lakers have made some great strides this season under the guidance of Luke Walton.

The Purple and Gold currently have a record of 8-9 for the campaign and it would possibly be better had they not have suffered from injuries to D'Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Nick Young in recent games.

And the fact that they have had to play the Golden State Warriors three times.

Yet, the Dubs is exactly where they plucked their former player Walton from in the summer to replace Byron Scott as head coach.

CSN revealed last night the difference in this season's Lakers to last year's through 16 games and the change is absolutely staggering.

After 16 games last season, with Kobe Bryant on the roster, the Lakers were rock-bottom for points, assists, field goal percentage and three-point percentage.

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Under Walton, they are 4th, 12th, 4th and 5th respectively throughout the whole NBA.

They were also 18th in fast-break points, 26th in paint points and 28th in points off turnovers. The lakers now sit 5th, 10th and 6th in those respective columns.

The Lakers are just under halfway to their 17-win total from last season and all of a sudden, thoughts that the Lakers could make a serious run at the eighth seed in the west are extremely plausible.

Topics:
Kobe Bryant
LA Lakers
Pacific Division
Western Conference
NBA
Shaquille O'Neal
Magic Johnson
Pau Gasol
Chicago Bulls
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Nick Young

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