Lakers After 6 Games: Inside the Numbers

After the Los Angeles Lakers earned their first win of the season, a few numbers stood out in this young season.

After six games, we decided to dig into the box scores and highlight numbers that stand out for the 1-5 Los Angeles Lakers. 

71.1: Lakers' backup forward Ed Davis has been shooting lights out in the early part of the 2014-15 season. The 25-year-old has made 27 of his 38 shot attempts on the season, meaning he's shooting 71.1 percent from the field. Before categorizing this statistics as based on too small a sample size, keep in mind that Davis made 27 of his 37 attempts in the Lakers' preseason, which adds up to 73.0 percent.

52.3: Lakers' forward Jordan Hill has expanded his game to include a set shot from about 15 feet away. For a player who was primarily known for put-backs, layups and dunks, Hill's set shot has quickly become a staple of the big man's game. Six games into the season, Hill's field goal percentage stands at 52.3 percent, which is slightly higher than his career mark of 51.5 percent. Considering a significant number of Hill's buckets are coming from further away from the basket, this percentage is a testament to the work Hill put in to get his shot right.

34.4: At 36 years of age, Kobe Bryant's minutes were expected to drop in order to avoid injuries. Through six games, however, Bryant had already logged a performance that lasted 44 minutes and 15 seconds. After six games, Bryant is averaging 34.5 minutes, which is only slightly down from his career average of 36.6 minutes. With the Lakers facing a back-to-back on Tuesday and Wednesday, Bryant's minutes should be closely monitored over the upcoming road trip. 

48: On the discussion of minutes, one of the most interesting statistics is the average per 48 minutes, which extrapolates players' averages to estimate their statistics if they played a full 48 minutes. Standing out in this category, Bryant is averaging 36.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists per 48 minutes. Another standout, Davis averages 21.9 points, 14.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per 48 minutes. Per 48 minutes, Davis leads the team in rebounding, block shots and would be third on the team in scoring, behind only Bryant and Hill. Currently, Davis only averages 22.6 minutes per game, but expect that value to increase if his production remains steady.

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