Breaking Down the Lakers’ Best and Worst Fits in Byron Scott’s System

New Los Angeles Lakers head coach Byron Scott has already made it clear how he will run his team.

First and foremost comes a fundamental defensive identity and toughness.

"Defensive philosophy has to be constant", Scott told's beat reporter Mike Trudell. "Defensively, we’ll start to work from day one, because that’s something we have to get better at right away, and we will."

Scott vows to hold players accountable on the defensive end and enforce a policy that will prioritize locating the ball and getting back on defense to limit transition opportunities.

On offense, Scott will install the same scheme he has taught at previous stops. 

As he told Trudell, "I want a mixture of some of what I’ve done in the past, which is the Princeton offense, along with traditional NBA sets."

With Scott's coaching philosophies in mind, let's take a look at who may derive the greatest—and least—benefit from playing in his system.


Best Fit—Wesley Johnson

Wesley Johnson has been frustrating home fans since he entered the league, and his first year with the Lakers was no exception.

Watching him play, it's clear to see the tremendous upside just waiting to be realized. With his length, athleticism and fluidity moving around the court, it's not hard to envision Johnson as a two-way force on the wing along the lines of a Paul George.

That idealistic projection is the reason he was drafted fourth overall in 2010—six picks ahead of George.

Coach Scott remains optimistic about Johnson and is excited to work with him this season.

"I think the kid is so talented; I'm really hoping it can be a break out year for him," Scott said when asked about Johnson starting on the wing next to Kobe Bryant. "I've always been intrigued with Wesley."

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