Luke Walton Is Committing To The Young Players; Timofey Mozgov To Sit For The Rest Of The Season


According to Marc Spears, the Lakers will shut Timofey Mozgov down to take a stronger look at their younger guys the rest of the season.

The Lakers paid Mozgov $64 million for four years back in July. The group of people who completed the deal for Los Angeles no longer work there anymore (Jim Beanie and Mitch Kupchak).

Mozgov averaged 7.4 points and 5 rebounds in his first year playing for Los Angeles. He was supposed to be the rim protector the Lakers never in the past year, but opponents shooting 53.5 percent against him. He also has not played in the last 9 out of 11 games. Luke Walton wants to see the potential of his young players.

Zubac has been getting a lot of high praise from current centers in the NBA about how good his potential is. The 19-year-old is averaging 7 points and 4  rebounds this year. Those numbers are low because of the lack minutes he received per game (14 minutes), but since Walton has been playing him more his number risen.  In March, he’s averaging 14 points, 5 rebounds and shooting 66 percent.

Black is averaging 6 points and 5 rebounds. He is more of the energy guy on the court. He has the ability to keep plays alive by rebounding and giving the offense second chance points.

Mozgov isn’t the only player that’s not playing, Walton took Nick Young out the lineup for the first time. He said that it was not a punishment it was to get the young guys more playing time. The head coach wanted to see Tyler Ennis and underrated free agent David Nwabe some minutes.

“Nick has been one of our best two players all year long,” Walton said.

Walton told the media that this change was supposed to help the young guys in the lineup.

“Again, Nick’s been absolutely great for us all year.” “But with giving Young so many minutes and wanting to see more of David and Ennis a little bit before the season end, it’s not really fair to him to keep playing four or five minutes per half. We’re thinking about making that move and committing even more so to the youth.” via the LA Times

Los Angeles are currently the second worse team in the NBA with a 20-47 record. Part of the reason why Walton is making this move is to accomplish the tank this year. Possibly, because the Lakers pick will go to the Philadelphia 76ers if they fall out of the top 3 pick in the draft.

About Aaron Davis

Aaron is a staff writer and the Co-Founder of NBALEAD. He has been following the NBA for over 15 years. Graduated from Purdue University.

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