Los Angles Lakers

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Sports:
Basketball
League:
National Basketball Association
Venue:
Location:
Los Angeles, CA United States
Conference:
Western Conference
 

Season Outlook Analysis

Personnel Analysis
Overall Position Analysis
Point Guard
B+
Rondo is a great veteran addition to help the young guys learn. Lonzo still has a lot to learn but with all the ball handlers and playmakers, there is no rush.
Shooting Guard
B
Solid group of guys that play scrappy. KCP and Josh Hart can both make shots. Expect Josh Hart to play more of a role deeper into the season as he is a high motor, high IQ player on both ends of the floor.
Small Forward
A+
Not much explanation needed. You already know what Lebron brings to the table. Lakers will be playing a lot of positionless basketball so you will see the rotation constantly change.
Power Forward
A-
Brandon Ingram is primed for a breakout season with the opportunity to play with Lebron. His ball handling and play making ability has improved. He has incredible length on the defensive end to make it difficult on opponents.
Center
B
Javale McGee is very underrated. He seems like he is past all the buffoonery that took part early on his career. He is a legit shot blocker and floor runner at the 5 position. Very athletic for a 7-footer. He finally understands his role on a team and doesn't think too much.
Bench
B+
Good talent off the bench. Hungry players like Josh Hart and Kyle Kuzma will bring great energy off the bench. They are also extremely versatile guys on both ends of the floor. These guys are dogs. Lance Stephenson also brings a lot of toughness off the bench. Lonzo Ball is capable of running the second unit and should be much better going up against other benches. Lakers will have a plenty of different lineups as they have a lot of interchangeable guys.

Skills Analysis
Offense
Perimeter Shooting
B-
Can improve. Not knockdown shooters but they will be getting plenty of good looks.
Interior Scoring
A
Plenty of good slashers.
Offensive Scheme
A
Run, Run, and Run. High paced offense looking to get out in transition as much as possible.
Free Throw Shooting
B+
Offensive Rebounding
B-
Ball Movement & Security
B
A lot of great passers on the team, but the fast paced style of play will naturally lead to more turnovers.
Chemistry
B-,C+
Will take time to form.,Will be tougher to get on the same page than offense. Communication is key.
Overall Offensive Grade
A
High Octane Offense that is ready to run with anyone in the league. Lacks some perimeter shooting but the ball movement and play making ability will make up for that.
Defense
Perimeter Defense
B+
Capable guys. Versatile guys that will be able to switch on everything around the perimeter.
Interior Defense
C+
Javale McGee is a solid shot blocker but they lack depth and size behind him. They will be playing plenty of small ball lineups that will expose them in the paint defensively.
Defensive Rebounding
B
Versatility
A
Everyone is capable of switching and guarding multiple positions.
Forcing Turnovers
B
The fast pace style of play will speed up opposing teams and cause extra turnovers.
Chemistry
B-,C+
Will take time to form.,Will be tougher to get on the same page than offense. Communication is key.
Overall Defensive Grade
B-

Coaching & Recruiting
Coaching
Preparation/Strategy
B+
Luke Walton knows what it takes. Lakers brought in some high IQ veterans to help the young guys learn faster. Their strategy is to out run teams.
Decision Making
B
Will have a lot of lineups to play around with. Certainly be a game-to-game basis on who they choose to play more often and not.
Player Development
A-
Some of their young guys like Kuzma and Hart are ahead of schedule. These young guys are ready to contribute consistently.
Overall Coaching Grade
B+
Recruiting
Roster Management
A-
Lakers brought in winning type players. They got high motor guys that are ready to battle. They have tons of play makers that want to share the ball. A solid mix of guys from youth to veterans.
Depth
B
Lack some depth with big men but they want to lean towards smaller lineups to be faster than other teams. They have some hungry guys off the bench that are very capable of being starters if needed. Have enough guys to keep guys on the court fresh.
Overall Recruiting Grade
A
You get an automatic A if you are able to bring in the King.

Season Expectations
Overall Team Grade
A-
There will be ups and downs throughout the season as the team learns to play with each other but things will be flowing after Christmas. Expect them to be the highest paced team in the league. These guys are going to love to run. Showtime Lakers are going to be back in full action very soon!
Last Season, Did the Team Meet Expectations?
No
Expected Wins
51
Expected Losses
31
Will They Make the Playoffs this Season?
Yes
Expectations/Outlook
There will be ups and downs throughout the season as the team learns to play with each other but things will be flowing after Christmas. Expect them to be the highest paced team in the league. These guys are going to love to run. Showtime Lakers are going to be back in full action very soon!