Originally Posted by OldSchoolBBall
45-46%. He'll get a boost due to what should be a lower ppg volume with Nash/Dwight there with the defensive attention and better spacing they'll give him, and also Nash's brilliant passing.
Bryant has been both the primary scorer & the primary playmaker for the Lakers, especially in the Triangle offense, both Jordan's and Pippen's roles.
Due to this burden, & since Bryant lost a step and athleticism declined a bit, he shot 43%, the worst since his first two years.
Now Howard controls the boards, and runs the floor while Nash runs the break, Bryant will revert back to scorer role of Jordan.
No longer will Bryant have to stay in the backcourt to handle the ball, he can just run up court, beat the defense, and set up in the high post/low post for great shot opportunities.
This is the first time in Bryant's career that he'll get post feeds from a bona fide playmaker, and he won't have to work so hard to create off the dribble or end up with forced shots to beat the shotclock.
If Bryant was in his prime, young and athletic, I would say 50%. Since he is 34, I predict 45 to 46%.