NBA Preview 2016-17: Los Angeles Lakers

The NBA season is right around the corner. That means it’s time to take a closer look at each individual NBA team and predict how they will do this season. So strap in….it’s the ULTIMATE SPORTS BLOG’S 2016-17 NBA PREVIEW!!!!

 

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Record Last 10 Seasons: 17-65 (2016), 21-61 (2015), 27-55 (2014), 45-37 (2013), 41-25 (2012), 57-25 (2011), 57-25 (2010), 65-17 (2009), 57-25 (2008), 42-40 (2007)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2013 First-Round vs. San Antonio Spurs

Last Playoff Series Win: 2012 First-Round vs. Denver Nuggets

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2010 vs. Boston Celtics

NBA Championships Won: 15


Head Coach:

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Luke Walton

Overall Record: 0-0

Record With Team: 0-0

Playoff Record: 0-0


The Squad:

Starters:

PG: D’Angelo Russell (13.2 PPG, 3.3 APG, 3.4 RPG, 13.22 PER)

SG: Jordan Clarkson (15.5 PPG, 2.4 APG, 4.0 RPG, 14.34 PER)

SF: Luol Deng (12.3 PPG, 1.9 APG, 6.0 RPG, 15.02 PER)

PF: Julius Randle (11.3 PPG, 10.2 RPG, 0.4 BPG, 13.92 PER)

C: Timofey Mozgov (6.3 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 0.8 BPG, 14.63 PER)

Bench:

Brandon Ingram (SF), Jose Calderon (PG), Lou Williams (SG), Larry Nance (PF), Nick Young (SF), Marcelo Huertas (PG), Tarik Black (C), Yi Jianlian (PF), Thomas Robinson (PF), Metta World Peace (SF)


Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Kobe Bryant (17.6)

Rebounds Per Game: Julius Randle (10.2)

Steals Per Game: D’Angelo Russell (1.2)

Assists Per Game: Marcelo Huertas (3.4)

Blocks Per Game: Roy Hibbert (1.4)

Turnovers Per Game: D’Angelo Russell (2.5)


The Prediction:

22-60

The Los Angeles Lakers are not a very good basketball team. I’m pretty sure even Lakers fans know this one. However, they are a young basketball team filled with high draft picks and if those draft picks start to hit soon…..watch out.

Youth and patience are the keys with this Lakers team.  They hired Luke Walton as head coach in the off-season and he comes over from the Golden State Warriors with a mission to show the world that he’s the real deal. It’s going to be a tough mission though because this Lakers team is extremely young and extremely devoid of talent that could push them back into the playoffs.

The good news is, Walton does have some pieces to work with in this Lakers puzzle. Last year was an absolute nightmare for rookie D’Angelo Russell (his on-the-court play wasn’t great and we all remember that Nick Young story….), but sports fans memories are extremely short and if Russell can improve his play this year, no one will care that he’s a “snitch that should be in a ditch”. Also, Los Angeles still has Julius Randle who had a decent year last season as well as #2 overall pick Brandon Ingram, who I’m extremely high on and I think has All-Star potential down the road.

The bad news is, there’s not enough talent on this team to do anything this season. For some reason the team thought it would be a good idea to give Timofey Mozgov a max deal in the off-season and the NBA world busted out in collective laughter once that deal was complete. It was another move in a long line of recent disaster moves by the Los Angeles Lakers and it will play a huge part in why the Lakers will likely be in the draft lottery for the next few seasons. But hey….at least Kobe is gone.

 

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