Lakers: Three Reasons why Danny Green could be the X-Factor

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Ability To Take Over Games With Shooting

Danny Green is one of the best 3-point shooters in the league. Because of him being such a threat from the three-point line, he brings great floor spacing to the Lakers offense even when he is having an off shooting night.

This season, while shooting above average when compared to the rest of the league, he is having an off-year shooting. He is struggling to stay consistent from behind the arc and if he is going through a cold stretch later in the playoffs, it would make it very difficult for the Lakers to advance over teams like the Clippers and the Bucks.

However, if he finds a hot streak he can change games from his shooting alone. It is not rare if the team allows him to ride out a hot streak that he can go on a scoring explosion for a quarter and even sometimes an entire game.

This opens up the floor much more for driving lanes for LeBron or open up the paint for Anthony Davis or JaVale McGee to go to work inside. In games that Danny Green has shot 50% or higher from three, the Lakers have won 18 games and lost only 5 and in games that he has shot 6 or more threes the team has a record of 16 wins and 6 losses.

These stats prove that when Green is shooting frequently and is shooting accurately the Lakers for the most part do not lose. If he can find a hot streak through the playoffs his shooting alone will be enough to carry the Lakers through early-round games and it opens the offense up much more for the rest of the players on the court to thrive.