[2017-18 NBA Preview] Los Angeles Lakers

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Los Angeles Lakers one of those teams? The Lakers are one of the NBA’s best all-time franchises, but it’s no secret that they have had some down years recently. The Lakers have been in the dumps and the fans are looking for any kind of hope. Hope has apparently arrived in the form of LONZO BALL. Now, I personally find the Ball family to be absolutely nauseating, but you can’t deny the fact that Lakers fans love this family for some unknown reason and they are hyped about Lonzo. Lonzo’s presence makes the Lakers a must-see this NBA season, but how good will they actually be? This is a young team that will go through some bumps this season for sure. I think the Lakers will be good enough to flirt with 30+ wins and will be one of the most exciting teams to watch. I don’t think they have the fire power to compete in the Western Conference yet though. That will happen next year when LeBron James joins them (UGH).

So what should we expect from the LONZO LAKERS this season?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 45-37 (2012-13), 27-55 (2013-14), 21-61 (2014-15), 17-65 (2015-16), 26-56 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2012-13 First-Round vs. San Antonio Spurs

Last Playoff Series Win: 2011-12 First-Round vs. Denver Nuggets

Last NBA Finals Appearance: 2009-10 vs. Boston Celtics

NBA Championships Won: 15


 

Head Coach:

Luke Walton

Overall Record: 26-56

Record With Team: 26-56

Playoff Record: 0-0


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Lonzo Ball (ROOKIE)

SG: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (13.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.5 APG, 12.8 PER)

SF: Brandon Ingram (9.4 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.1 APG, 8.5 PER)

PF: Julius Randle (13.2 PPG, 8.6 RPG, 3.6 APG, 16.3 PER)

C: Brook Lopez (20.5 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.7 BPG, 20.4 PER)

Bench:

Tyler Ennis (PG), Jordan Clarkson (SG), Larry Nance (PF), Ivica Zubac (C), Luol Deng (SF), Andrew Bogut (C), Corey Brewer (SF), Kyle Kuzma (PF), Briante Weber (PG), Josh Hart (SG)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Lou Williams (18.6)

Rebounds Per Game: Julius Randle (8.6)

Steals Per Game: D’Angelo Russell (1.4)

Assists Per Game: D’Angelo Russell (4.8)

Blocks Per Game: Ivica Zubac (0.9)

Turnovers Per Game: D’Angelo Russell (2.8)


 

The Prediction:

30-52

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