Stronger Bench Squad, LG’s Reasonable Rise

Professional basketball, which had lost interest during the 2022 Qatar World Cup, has also entered the middle of the season. In the midst of various conspicuous points, the progress of Changwon LG, which has not experienced spring basketball for a while, catches the eye more than ever.

LG won 79-73 in the 2022-2023 SKT A-Dot professional basketball home game against Goyang Carrot held at Changwon Indoor Gymnasium on the 18th, and sprinted for 3 consecutive wins, while climbing to the top of 13 wins (9 losses) and ranked 3rd alone. . The gap with the leader Anyang KGC Ginseng Corporation (16 wins and 7 losses) also decreased to 2.5 games, and they jumped into the lead fight in earnest.

LG has not experienced spring basketball in six of the past seven seasons. The 2018-2019 season ranked third in the regular league and advanced to the semifinals is the best result during that period. Last season, they aimed to advance to the playoffs in the round of 6 until the last minute, but unfortunately ended the season in 7th place.

In the meantime, LG’s chronic problem has been a noticeable dependence on the main player. Even last season, there was a strong tendency to rely on Lee Jae-do, Lee Kwan-hee, and Asem Marey. As a result, the physical strength of the key players continued to deteriorate in the second half of the game, which served as a major weakness in the game.

Head coach Jo Sang-hyun, who was appointed as the head coach ahead of this season, is paying a lot of attention to the physical strength of the players with this in mind. In the process, bold rotations are often introduced. As of the 19th, no player in LG has played more than 30 minutes on average. Lee Jae-do recorded the most playing time with an average of 29 minutes and 17 seconds, followed by Yun Won-sang (28 minutes and 41 seconds), Ma Ray (23 minutes and 54 seconds), and Lee Kwan-hee (22 minutes and 42 seconds). In the case of last season, Lee Jae-do, Lee Kwan-hee, and Marey 3 played well over 30 minutes.

Coach Cho can confidently pay attention to his stamina, thanks to his incredibly strong bench resources. Kim Jun-il, who was unable to contribute last season due to an injury, has returned, and Filipino Justin Gutang is on the right track. Dante Cunningham, a foreign player with 2 options, plays only 16 minutes, but shows the efficiency of 8.7 points and 5.5 rebounds on average, giving Marais enough time to rest. Yoon Won-sang is a great help to LG in defense this season and is recording a career high, and Jeong In-deok, who has been starting for the last three games in a row, is filling the gap between Lee Seung-woo’s sluggishness and Seo Min-soo’s injury. Hee-jae Jeong is also contributing to his outstanding performance by being put in at an important moment, even though his playing time was reduced by about 10 minutes compared to last season.

LG, which has been on the rise, is facing an important battle this week. Following the Wonju DB away game on the 22nd, on the 24th, we will meet the leading KGC 스포츠토토. If you win a head-to-head match with KGC, you can drastically reduce the number of rides and further ignite the lead fight. It is also a good thing for LG that KGC is riding a bad trend with 1 win and 3 losses in the last 4 games.