OTH Starting Five: Los Angeles Lakers
The Los Angeles Lakers did a 180 turn during the Free Agency period. Not only did the team add veterans, they added players who have playoff experience and also who have been to finals. They also manageD to bring back JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, KCP, and Alex Caruso. Yes, the Lakers did trade most of their youth; however, when you have the best player in the world (LeBron James) on your roster, you have to do anything and everything necessary to win now. The Lakers have a small window of about 2-3 years, because yes, James is getting older, to bring title number 17 to the city of Los Angeles. Now, let us take a look to view the Lakers’s best starting five lineup.
Point Guard – LeBron James
Averaging 27, 9, and 8, James is coming off a “down” year with his first season as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers. The mass media is already counting James out, but like Stephen A. Smith said, “He’ll remind everyone he’s that dude.” Having said that, James running the point position isn’t a crazy idea. LeBron has extremely great court vision and can see plays unfold in his head before they happen. However; Frank Vogel, head coach of the Lakers, said in an interview that James would be a primary ball-handler. This means most likely that Vogel may not use James as a Point Guard in his system. Nevertheless, if LeBron does indeed end up playing the Point Guard position, don’t be surprised if he averages double-digit assists. You can view LeBron’s stats here.
Shooting Guard – Danny Green
Coming fresh off winning a championship with the Toronto Raptors, the Lakers and Danny Green agreed to a 2-year/$30 million deal. You can say that Green is the “perfect” player to put around a guy like James. With the Raptors, Green was shooting an astonishing 45.5% from the 3-point line, and 46% from the field. Mr. Green (reference to The Incredible Hulk), is a player who not only can create his own shot but one who is a great catch-and-shoot player. This will come very handy since both James and Davis will most likely get double-teamed. Even though Green only averaged 10.3 points with Toronto, putting him along with James, his number in points will definitely increase. If you want to check out Danny Green’s stats, you can look them up here.
Small Forward – Kyle Kuzma
The question surrounding Kyle Kuzma this upcoming season is: Can he be the Lakers’ third star? Kuzma is leaving behind the 2018/2019 season with 19, 6, and 3. Despite that, Kuzma only shot 30.3% from the 3-point line, which is lower than his freshman year. One aspect of Kuzma’s game that fans weren’t that fond of was his defense. With a coach like Frank Vogel, who has a defensive mindset, Kuzma’s defense should make a jump with the new season approaching. Kuz has been working hard this summer and even got an invitation to go play for the US Men’s Basketball team. Kuzma wants to prove the doubters wrong, and he will. If you want to check out Kuzma’s stats, you can find them here.
Power Forward – Anthony Davis
The man that the Lakers traded for to pair up with The King. Don’t get it twisted, a player like Davis is generational. That is why Jeanie Buss and company had to do the deal. It did cost the Lakers three of their four young guys, but again, it’s Anthony Freaking Davis! Davis managed to average 26, 12, and 4 in the 2018/2019 season. Shooting 33% from 3-point land, he also managed to shot 52% from the field. AD, just like any player, has one goal in mind: to win a championship. If Davis can win himself a ring, this is perhaps the year to do it. Davis is hungry, and the upcoming season is where he is going to feast. If you like stats, you can view AD’s right here.
Center – DeMarcus Cousins
In his one season with the Golden State Warriors, DeMarcus Cousins, also known as Boogie, averaged 16, 8, and 4. He only did shoot 24.7% from 3, but he shot 48% from the field. However, Cousins only played 30 games in total for the regular season. He also played a total of eight games in the playoffs including the finals. Yes, this does sound concerning for the Lakers, but Boogie has a whole offseason to get healthy. You have to remember he had an Achilles injury, then suffered a quad injury. Boogie will prove to everyone that he still has game, even with the injuries he received. If you forgot how good Boogie was before injuries, please go look at his highlights. Another thing, do not be surprised if Cousins makes the All-Star Team in February since he has made it before. Check out Boogie’s stats here.
The Los Angeles Lakers have a much more superior roster than last year. A lot of buzz is surrounding this team and the expectations for them. Many of these analysts don’t expect the Lakers to make a lot of noise. Nonetheless, if you are a Laker fan like myself, you are excited about this roster. You want to keep letting these people sleep on this team. With LeBron and AD on the same team, along with the help of Green, Cousins, Kuzma, and everyone else, there isn’t a reason why this team can’t win it all. Every Laker fan is eager for this season to start, and have every reason to be.