What Nash means to the Lakers. | The Wages of Wins Journal
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What this analysis suggests is that Nash is likely to add 5-7 wins to the Lakers’ total. This year, the Lakers finished 3 wins behind the Thunder and 9 wins behind the Spurs. The addition of Nash should keep the Lakers in contention for the 2 or 3 seed in the West. The real opportunity lies in the possibility that Nash actually makes the players around him better. Amare Stoudemire, for example, has been average to below-average his entire career, with the exception of his years with Nash (Editor’s note: We also accept the fact that Stoudemire aged and had dealt w/ injury post-Nash). He had his best season in 2008, when he was post-microfracture surgery, and was actually a star (0.208 WP48).
Despite his gaudy scoring numbers, Kobe Bryant was a below-average player last year (.047 WP48, or slightly worse than Derek Fisher last year). If Nash can help reverse Bryant’s decline, and return him to even an average win producer, the Lakers could well gain another 5 games in the standings, which would make them a championship contender.