Los Angeles Lakers Season Review

The Los Angeles Lakers season review seems fairly easy to compound. They ended the season 37-45. Consequently, they did not make the playoffs in the debut year of LeBron James. Before suffering a groin injury against the Golden State Warriors on Christmas Day, he was averaging 27 ppg, 9rbs, and 8 ast per game. Not bad for a 34 year old. Also, the Lakers were in fourth place regarding playoff seeding. However, injuries are apart of the game. So alas, let’s take a look at the past season for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Los Angeles Lakers: Season Review

LeBron James, whom signed a 4 year $154 million dollars contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, grimaces in pain after injuring his groin on Christmas Day against the Golden State Warriors (LakersNation Thearon W. Henderson)

As previously stated, the Lakers were in contention for half the season before they caught the injury bug. With Brandon Ingram averaging 18ppg, 5rbs, and 3ast per game, and Lakers star second year man Kyle Kuzma averaging 19ppg, 5rbs, and 3ast per game, respectfully. For most Lakers fans, the highlight of the season would be beating the Golden State Warriors at home on Christmas Day. Consequently, they would say the season took a turn for the worse against Golden State on Christmas Day. After the injury to LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers ended the season going 17-32. Who knows what could have been if LeBron James never injured his groin. The team seemed to finally have a chemistry developed. Mix in all the trade nonsense with the New Orleans Pelicans, the team was destined to fall apart.

Los Angeles Lakers: Draft Review

The Los Angeles Lakers scored the 4th overall pick in the draft lottery. However, they used this pick as a vital piece in a trade package that landed them Anthony Davis. Most still believed they would still trade into the draft, and they did. Buying a second round pick from the Orlando Magic, the Lakers had the 46th selection in this years NBA Draft. As a result, they selected Talon Horton-Tucker from Iowa State. Averaging 11.8 mpg, 4.9 rbs, and 2.3 asts. It is to be determined just how large, or small, his role will be this upcoming season.

Team Needs

Currently, the team needs are, EVERYTHING. They desperately need back court depth. Shooting would also be nice. Another big to pair with incoming star Anthony Davis would be ideal. Oh, they also need a BENCH. Their biggest hurdle in all of this? Cap space. As of now, they can either spread out the remaining cap space to fill their roster, or free up more cap space by expanding the Anthony Davis trade to include a third team, and adding more cap space under their belt. In turn, this would free up space to sign another max level type player, and fill out their roster.

Team Priorities

Right now, the priority for the Los Angeles Lakers should be getting that third team involved in the Anthony Davis trade, (looking at you ATL), and opening up their cap space even more. Then, that gives you more flexibility in which direction you’d like to go when it comes to filling out your roster. After that, the next move should be surrounding your star players with quality shooters, and fierce defenders. In other words, you need guys to do the dirty work.

Kawhi Leonard, the reigning Finals MVP, will have his host of destination to continue his playing career. The Los Angeles Lakers hope to be the one he chooses this Summer. (The Canadian Press via AP Frank Gunn)

Potential Moves

First, its the Los Angeles Lakers we’re talking about here. So, they believe that they are capable of signing any free agent walking the Earth. Fair or not. Natutally, signing the reigning Finals MVP Kawi Leonard is most likely high on their to do list. However, let’s not forget the other A List free agents as well. They’ve been linked to Kyrie Irving, Jimmy Butler, Al Horford, and former Los Angeles Laker, DeAngelo Russell. Also, as previously stated, they will look to mid level free agents, like Kyle Korver, and Pat Beverly, to join them as well.

Los Angeles Lakers: Final Analysis

In conclusion, by most accounts, the drafting of Taylor Horton-Tucker has been received well. Most pundits will have you believe they gave up a haul for Anthony Davis, including future draft picks. The Los Angeles Lakers have rarely depended on the draft to rebuild. Thusly, I find that take laughable. Throw in the fact that those picks will most likely not be too high because the Lakers plan on being a contender for the next 5-8 years. Beating out the Boston Celtics for Anthony Davis, buying your way back into the draft, and having a possible plan is place to free more cap space via trade, I’d say the future of the Los Angeles Lakers seems fairly bright.

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