Posted this buried in a thread. Thought it was so interesting, I'm reposting it here. Kudo's to "Oblivionspocket".
He loves trapping and double teaming. Just read Kevin Pelton’s take on how the Laker’s defense has changed with Rambis gone.
The bigger factor, however, seems to be the Lakers’ improved perimeter defense. All the trapping they did left them vulnerable to allowing open three-point looks on the weak side of the floor. Opponents attempted about a quarter of their shots against the Lakers from beyond the arc last year, the league’s fourth-highest percentage. That rate is down to 21.2 percent this season, below the league average. The success rate on threes is down as well, from 34.9 percent to 30.0 percent, which is best in the NBA. By cutting down on their aggressiveness in trapping and doing a better job of rotating, the Lakers have made life very difficult for opposing offenses.
Link to article: http://www.basketballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=831