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The 2015-16 edition of your Los Angeles Lakers were crafted upon three principles:1. Must not land out of the top three in the NBA draft lottery. Anything lower than No. 3 overall gets sent to Philadelphia . . . which would mean a whole season of tanking will be in vain.2. Kobe Bryant gets to do whatever he wants.3. Byron Scott rides shotgun.In reality-based NBA terms? These three principles produced their desired synergistic effect: Brandon Ingram.In fantasy-based NBA terms? The 2015-16 Lakers were a numerical sinkhole.They placed 29th out of 30 teams in Offensive Rating (101.6 points per 100 possessions), 30th in effective field goal percentage (.460), 30th in true shooting percentage (.509), 18th in pace (95.6), 30th in assists, 22nd in 3-pointers, 23rd in steals and 24th in blocks.Bad teams can equal fantasy upside. They can combine promising young players with the copious minutes required for growth.In this case...that wasnt the case.This team-wide implosion was evidenced with a pronounced lack of Player Rater production.Jordan Clarkson led the Lakers with 4.36 points. DAngelo Russell finished strong and posted 3.61 points. Lou Williams posted 3.12. Julius Randle posted 2.65. Kobe Bryant? A time-management/injury depressed 1.28 points. And thats off of a stratospheric (2008-esque) 32.2 percent usage rate. (Their combined score would have place fifth overall on the Player Rater, right ahead of Chris Paul).The 2015-16 Lakers were -- easily -- one of the worst NBA fantasy teams of the past decade.The 2016-17 Lakers are a case study. An object lesson. A laudatory tale. They are what happens when you:1. Forget about next years lottery-protected pick and play to win, but in a low-expectations, youth-infused atmosphere.2. Subtract a retiring superstar (and his 32.2 percent usage rate) and divvy up his touches amongst your young, promising core.3. Bring in Luke Walton to turn up the pace.Exit Kobe. Exit Roy Hibbert. Enter Brandon Ingram, Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov. Exit Byron Scott. Enter Luke Walton.The still-young season features multiple still-young teams that have increased both their pace and fantasy prospects. (Brooklyn, Phoenix, Denver).But none have leaped so far, so fast as the Lakers.Los Angeles is now 12th in offensive rating, 10th in effective field goal percentage, ninth in true shooting percentage, fourth in pace, seventh in assists, 10th in 3-pointers and fifth in steals. (But just 25th in blocks. Nobodys perfect).And one of the impressive aspects of the individual Lakers fantasy improvement is how theyre doing with essentially a series of timeshares. Ten Lakers are currently averaging over 20 minutes a night. No Lakers average 30 MPG. On most teams, this distribution of minutes would spell roto regression. But these Lakers are statistically better for it.So which individual players have benefited from the Lakers new look? All of them.Lou Williams, PG/SG 2015-16 Player Rater: 3.12 2016-17 Player Rater: 7.01 (leads Lakers)Lou Williams is averaging 23.5 minutes per game. That puts him on pace for his lowest amount of playing time in five seasons. Yet, somehow, hes registering career highs in points per game (16.6), 3-pointers (1.9) and steals (1.3).Lou Williams is what happens when you start parsing out a departed superstars touches in a higher-paced, more efficient system. In a career stuffed with super-compacted superb stats, Williams is averaging a career high 28.2 percent usage rate. Hes destroying his previous career high in PER (23.00 vs. 20.22 back in 2011-12).Williams has also taken over as Lakers closer. Hes third in the NBA in fourth quarter scoring. On a young team still learning how to win -- yet has already won half as many games as last years Lakers did in a full season -- Waltons given Williams an incandescent late-game green light.Jordan Clarkson, PG/SG 2015-16 Player Rater: 4.36 (led Lakers) 2016-17 Player Rater: 5.77Clarkson has also primarily come off the bench. Hes logging almost five minutes less per game than in 2015-16. Yet he still leads the Lakers with 27.8 minutes per game.Despite the minutes drop, Clarksons volume stats by and large compare with his solid 2015-16 numbers. But the secret sauce in his improvement comes from the steals department. Clarkson currently averages 1.8 thefts per tilt, a huge leap over last seasons 1.1 steals. Hes already posted multiple five-steal games, including last Fridays monster 20-point, 4-3-pointer and 5-steal line versus the Warriors.Julius Randle, PF 2015-16 Player Rater: 2.65 2016-17 Player Rater: 4.70Randles minutes have also decreased. Hes dropped by two rebounds per game. Yet Randles fantasy impact has also improved. More than improved: its nearly doubled.Cause one: his field goal percentage bump. His .538 percentage marks a quantum leap versus last seasons .429. Randles shooting has improved despite the average distance of his shot moving out from 6.7 to 7.9 feet. Even more incongruously, his biggest jump is in deep 2-pointers (from .254 to .556).The area where Randles doing something special for his position? Assists. Randles court vision has opened up to the tune of 3.8 assists per game. Thats one of the best big-men per game averages in the entire league.Randle still isnt adding much in the defense categories (0.7 steals, 0.6 blocks), but his dimes have the potential to make Randle a unique fantasy asset.Nick Young, SG/SF 2015-16 Player Rater: -3.43 (depressed due to injury and a social media mishap) 2016-17 Player Rater: 4.45Youngs heartwarming comeback campaign suffered a bit of a scare last night via an Achilles strain. Its hard to believe, but the preternaturally sophomoric Young has transformed into something of a 31-year-old grizzled veteran.Like every other Laker on this list, Youngs transformation arrives via efficiency. Youngs improvement is concentrated in one specific area: 3-point production. As of last nights game, Young was averaging a career-high 2.6 3-pointers per game. That high average is accompanied by a career-high .418 3-point percentage.(I mean come on. Nick Youngs eFG% is 59 percent! Walton should get Coach of the Year based on that alone.)Larry Nance Jr., PF 2015-16 Player Rater: -0.31 2016-17 Player Rater: 3.87Nance is only getting 21.8 minutes per game. Hes only averaging 7.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. But hes shooting 60 percent from the field and is averaging 1.2 steals per game.DAngelo Russell, PG 2015-16 Player Rater: 3.61 2016-17 Player Rater: 2.99 (depressed due to injury)Calm down. Hes been hurt. Hell be back in 10-14 days.In the meantime, comfort yourself with these averages: 16.1 points, 4.8 assists, 2.5 3-pointers, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.3 steals. And hes 20. Russells got a higher ceiling than anyone on this list. (As far as 2016-17 is concerned. Beyond that, its a foot race with Brandon Ingram.)Two numbers tell me Russells going to break out in the New Year: 28.6 percent usage rate, 17.37 PER. Ill tell you: Russells a true fantasy star in the making.(Note: Im not a Laker fan. I just live here. No Lakers Exceptionalism in this house. Im too busy editing together Ledell Eackles highlight reels).Timofey Mozgov, C 2015-16 Player Rater: 0.87 (with Cleveland) 2016-17 Player Rater: 2.92For the year, Mozgov is averaging 8.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 0.7 blocks and $191,121.95 per game. So, before we criticize Mozgovs lack of rebounding, lets be honest: how good of a year did you have?Brandon Ingram, SF/PF 2015-16 Player Rater: NA 2016-17 Player Rater: -0.31Ignore the crappy shooting (.372 FG%). Ingram is a 19-year-old drooling -- teeming, oozing, percolating -- with athleticism and freakish upside. Hes already averaging 24.6 MPG. Hes already defending his position. Hes already started to hit the NBA 3-pointer (.438 3-point percentage over his past five games).Ingram may not be roster-worthy in standard leagues until the last lap of the season. But I have a feeling that when Ingram arrives, it will happen in an awful hurry. Albert Pujols . -- The Bishops Gaiters are showing they belong among the countrys top varsity football teams. Andrew Miller .Y. -- Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has a bone to pick with the NFL schedule maker. http://www.custommlbcardinalsjersey.com/custom-junior-fernandez-jersey-large-851q.html . Brett Kulak and Jackson Houck of the Vancouver Giants were each charged with assault causing bodily harm on Aug. 18, according to the B.C. court services. Adam Wainwright . The 18th player to shoot 60 on the tour, Jamieson settled for par on the final hole when his 15-foot birdie chip grazed the edge of the hole and stayed out. After opening with rounds of 66 and 73 to make the cut by a stroke, he had 11 birdies in the bogey-free round. Dakota Hudson . Scott Kazmir allowed four hits in seven shutout innings, Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in a three-run first inning and the Indians maintained their hold on an AL wild-card spot with a 4-1 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night.Derek McInnes is confident his Aberdeen side can put their midweek hiccup behind them and inflict some pain on Celtic this weekend. The Dons had posted six straight wins before a controversial penalty at Hamilton on Tuesday meant they failed to narrow the gap on Saturdays visitors. Aberdeen manager Derek McInnes believes they have nothing to fear when Celtic visit Pittodrie this Saturday, live on Sky Sports 5. McInnes men did the double over Celtic at Pittodrie last season and that belief will be key to their fortunes on Saturday, according to their manager. Obviously we will take real confidence and belief from the two results and performances we had here against Celtic last year, McInnes told Sky Sports News HQ. Aberdeen vs Celtic October 29, 2016, 11:30am Live on Get Sky Sports Get a Sky Sports pass But they have a different manager and an improved team and you can see from the results how well they are doing so its another big challenge for us.dddddddddddd. Adam Rooney celebrates his equaliser against Celtic earlier this season But we are looking for improvement from our own team and up to the other night at Hamilton we had had six wins out of six and the fact that we have beaten Rangers here already this season then this game should not faze us.Well just go out and do our best and try and get all three points. The crowd will be expecting us to do just that. It will be a sell-out so its important we try and give a good account of ourselves.You can watch Premier League and EFL Cup football, plus Englands tour of Bangladesh and the Mexican Grand Prix on Sky Sports. Upgrade now and enjoy six months at half price! Also See: Aberdeen falter at Hamilton Dons will not hold back Even split for Hampden final Aberdeen will push Celtic most ' ' '

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