Kobe is shooting at a .47% rate this year, not 10 of 32.
Jordan shot under .50% for his entire career if you need a benchmark.
Add 5 assists and 5 boards a game and I dont know what you want from a shooting guard.
Horrible team game plan from Antonni and inconsistent work from the rest of the roster and you have the Lakers problem.
Kobe is the same guy he always was, love em or as most do hate 'em.
What he is doing this year has been good for 5 rings in his career.
Incidentally Metta and Gasol are shooting at a .42 and .43 pace. Every time I see this Antonni game plan resulting in Metta shooting 3s I know the Lakers will never succeed in its current form.
Trade 24? I've already said in another thread Kobe may demand a trade this offseason, if it is Jim Buss' intent to move forward the next few years with Antonni you may as well blow up the entire team and at least build a roster that fits Antonni's scheme.
The reason the rest of the roster is inconsistent and shooting a low percentage is, at times, because of Kobe. Antoni's game plan works if the team moves the ball. It doesn't when one guy stops ball movement to start dribbling around or rocking back and forth while jab stepping trying to get off a shot.
It is hard to get good shots, thus shoot a high percentage from the floor, when the ball does not move.
As I said earlier it is the same issue in NY last season. When Carmelo killed ball movement the entire team would struggle. It is not a coincidence that the team played better without Carmelo than with Carmelo.
And as far as comparing Kobe and Michael on FG% consider this. Kobe is having a "career year" this year. He is currently shooting .468 form the field. Michael Jordan's worst
season in Chicago was .465, (in seasons where he played over 20 games). So Kobe's "career year" in FG% is on par with Jordan's worst year.
In D'Antoni's best year in Phoenix (2005) he had 5 guys who played 30 minutes or more per game. The shot distribution per game that season among the 5 players that played the most minutes:
16.7 Amare Stoudemire
15.9 Shawn Marion
14.4 Joe Johnson
13.2 Quentin Richardson
11.4 Steve Nash
What incredible balance. The 4 starters that were not the point guard all shot more than 13 times a game. The two highest were the 4 and the 5 positions. Only 4 shots per game separated the highest guy to the lowest guy in the 2,3,4, and 5 positions.
Compare that to the Lakers this season:
22.1 Kobe Bryant
11.2 Pau Gasol
10.6 Dwight Howard
8.2 Steve NashSo when you look at the Lakers, the two guys shooting the second amount of shots per game, are both lower than the lowest of the 5 starters in Phoenix.
You have ONE guy accounting for more than 1/3 of all the shots (22.1 of 63.3) taken by the starters.
That Phoenix team had some good players on it too. But they are probably less talented at every single position than the Lakers this year and they won 62 games.
Unless those numbers above change and even out to be me more like the Phoenix teams, the Lakers will struggle.