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Trevor Lane year senior writer for lakers nation dot com.
And while we're continuing our season preview breaking out each player on the lakersroster and what they can bring to the team this season, today we're diving into Jared Deadly talking about one of the first signings the Lakers made this summer.
The first players they came into an agreement with this summer, we're gonna look at what he can do for the team.
I know you look at his stats.
Nano lan jumps out at you.
Think, man, what are they doing here? This guy doesn't produce.
He does a lot more than what the stat line shows.
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All right, So Jared Dudley Lakers signed him to a one year minimum deal.
They came to an agreement with him early.
If you watched the last video on Troy Daniels.
Same situation where? Because it's a minimum deal, the Lakers could have signed as many of those as they wanted once they had used up all their salary cap space.
So coming to an agreement with Jared Dudley before finding out what CO I leonard I was doing wasn't a big deal.
Didn't eat into their calf space at all because they could spend all their money and then, officially, Inc Jared Dudley at the end of that go over the cap in order to sign him.
Because it is that veteran minimum deal.
Get 34 years old, not a guy who you're gonna expect to play a lot of minutes.
He's a veteran, has been around for a long, long time.
So, again not gonna expect him to play a ton of minutes actually played about 20 minutes per game with the Brooklyn Nets last season.
He's at 39% shooter from three for his career, and that's something that we know was important for the Lakers after they finished 29th in the league and three point percentage last season.
Teams built around LeBron James typically aren't built as non shooting team.
Usually use around LeBron by as many shooters as you possibly can.
And with a thing Davis.
That's doubly important.
Having both of those stars out there.
You need space in the paint, and so you need guys who can knock down shots from the perimeter.
And Jared Dudley can indeed do that now.
One reason for concern here.
The last few scenes he hasn't been nearly as good from three.
In fact, last season shot just 35% from three season before.
That is 36% season.
Before that, it was 38%.
So it's been a little while since he's really hit that 39% average practice last three seasons.
Now he's been below that career average, hopefully, with the amount of open looks that he can get with the Los Angeles Lakers this season, will see that percentage take up a little bit thought.
Here's why it's not even old that big of a deal.
Jared Dudley is out there, not just a knock down three.
She's also out there to be a threat to knock down threes, even if he's only hitting 35% instead of the say 37%.
The question is, do opposing teams believe that he can knock down three pointers? Right now, he has a reputation as a guy who can hit them, and some teams are going to cover him now.
If he did were to dip to say like, 30% or 33% or something like that, that's where you could see Team's not going out to cover him, and that would be a problem.
That's where you would have teams sucking into the pain and you'll be creating issues on the inside.
For guys like Davis, guys like Dwight Howard, JaVale McGee, LeBron James, anybody else who's going to be attacking the rim, but for now, as long as you're doubly, can stay at 35% and above and continues to have this reputation as a shooter, he's going to be a positive out there on the offensive end of the floor in terms of spacing and that's what the Lakers want from him.
They want him to space the floor.
In fact, if you look at it at his stats, more than half of his shots last season were threes.
He has essentially become a forward version of veteran Jason Kidd.
If you watch the Dallas Mavericks during their championship run, you know what I'm talking about.
Jason Kidd played for them.
Didn't do a whole heck of a lot other than shoot threes on the offensive enemy.
You picked up assists and things like that, but nearly every shot he took was a three.
He was just out there to space the floor and occasionally take a wide open three.
Same thing with Jared Dudley.
That's exactly what he's doing.
He does the dirty work of the defensive end.
He's perfectly willing to step in and take charge is he gets under guys skin.
He's a power forward at this point.
He's 67 so he's a little bit under sized.
But he's strong enough to where he can handle it again.
This is a guy who can really help the team in ways that aren't necessarily going to show up on the stat sheet.
So Jared Dudley again, I think it's a good signing.
I think you can't really complain.
Every team needs veterans like him who can step in and fill a role.
One word of caution here, though.
I've seen this floating around a little bit that perhaps Jared Dudley could be a small forward.
Maybe he can, and I've said this many times.
I think the Lakers do need another small forward.
That's why we've been talking about Andre Iguodala.
I don't know that Dudley's it.
Dudley has played primarily power forward for last few seasons.
Small forward is something that he used to play quite a bit, but I don't know if he's at the foot speed to stick with some players.
But the Lakers right now, the only true small forward on their rosters. LeBron James.
So even though Dudley has seen most of his success of power forward recently, perhaps you slide him up personally.
I think I'd rather see Cow Koosman up there and small forward, just I think he's gonna have a little bit more quickness.
But Dudley, maybe in a pinch, you could turn to him.
I'd like to see most of his minutes come at power forward, though.
Another thing that I want to add in here.
I saw this going around a lot.
Jared Dudley, Why are you signing him instead of Carmelo Anthony? Why is he the getting the non here? Why is a role player like Dudley getting the not over a guy who could wind up in the Hall of Fame? I mean, Carmelo Anthony, multi time All Star, one of the best players in the league. At one point.
Why would you go with a guy like Jared Dudley? When Carmelo Anthony clearly wants to be a Los Angeles Laker? Well, it's because the intangibles is because of all of the different things that that we can bring both on and off the floor.
Jared Dudley is the kind of guy who has been a role player for pretty much his entire career.
He's never been a star.
He's the kind of guy that is going to hold players accountable because he has to, but it bust his butt every single day to stay in the N B A.
He's had to work through everything.
He hasn't been able to fall back just on talent.
I'm not saying that Carmelo Anthony isn't a hard worker, but it's just a different perspective, having to grit and grind your way through your end A career like Dudley has.
It's just a different mentality and something that every locker room needs.
You need guys like him that are going to call out other players, whether they're veterans, whether you're young players doesn't matter and is going to stand up for them on the floor as well.
They're going to get in the face of other players.
They're going to be antagonised if you watch the playoffs.
Last season with the Brooklyn Nets were taking on the Philadelphia 76 years, you saw Jared Dudley as an antagonist standing up for his teammates doing all of these things.
He is the kind of guy that you want on your team as that glue guy.
Okay, if it was a one on one game with my life on the line, I'm taking Carmelo Anthony all day, every day.
But given the situation that the Lakers Aaron and what they're trying to do and that they need to build chemistry, they need guys who can play defense that you guys who aren't going to care if they don't get a shot all game Jared Dudley played 20 minutes a game, put up four shots, four shots a game, on average in 20 minutes.
Did he care? Know he's out there? Space. The floor.
He's out there to do the dirty work.
He doesn't care if he's not putting up shots, don't get, isn't care of the ball's not finding him.
If last season was with D'Angelo, Russell of Russell was shooting.
Ah, bunch of Jared Dudley wasn't getting books.
He's not gonna power.
He's not gonna complain.
He's going to get back, and he's gonna play the same kind of hard nosed defense he always does.
That's what the Lakers needed, And that's why you could see reason for them to turn to car to Jared Dudley instead of a guy like Carmelo Anthony.
Despite what is admittedly a gap in terms of overall talent.
Jury W's that kind of guy that can fit in on a team, and so I'm excited that he's on the Lakers.
I don't know how many minutes he's gonna get again.
I see him as more of a four than anything else, which means he's looking for minutes behind Anthony Davis, behind Kyle Kuzma behind possibly LeBron James sliding down the power forward.
Maybe a little bit tough to find minutes for him, But I think he could do some good things out there.
Both ends of the the floor.
I think he's the kind of veteran that you want on this squad.
He's the kind of guy that can step in in big moments, and the pressure is not going to get to him.
Those are all important things for your Los Angeles Lakers tohave.
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