BY THE NUMBERS
4: Times that Boozer grabbed 13 rebounds or more. The Lakers thrived when he attacked the glass, winning each of these contests. Boozer also enjoyed individual success when reaching double-digit rebounds, as he tallied 10 double-doubles in the 12 times he did so.
50.3: Percentage shot as a reserve. Though coming off the bench was an unfamiliar role for Boozer, he shot 1.0 percent better there, while scoring just 0.5 fewer points per game.
401: Double-doubles in Boozer’s career. The 13-year veteran joined the NBA’s 400 club on Feb. 10 against Denver, becoming the 52nd player to reach that checkpoint.
Despite playing a career-low 23.8 minutes per game and coming off the bench for the first time in nine years, Boozer accepted his role as a veteran. The 33-year-old averaged career lows in rebounds (6.8), assists (1.3) and steals (0.6), but he also acknowledged the need to develop younger players. Though his season was subpar by his own standards, Boozer did shoot 49.9 percent from the field, which ranked 20th in the league and first among qualified Lakers.
IN HIS OWN WORDS
“I knew at some point in my career I was gonna have to transcend to being a … maybe off-the-bench guy. I’m at that point now, so I recognize that. And to be honest, there were moments throughout this year I thought I thrived in that sixth, seventh man role. And I kind of enjoyed it a little bit.”
2014-15 SHOT CHART