25 Jul Los Angeles Lakers
Wait, wait, wait. Has not the Los Angeles Lakers’ season with LeBron James been an unmitigated disaster?
You can call it , sure. But remember we’re talking about James’ initial season in Hollywood. He is signed on for two more and, besides shouldering some uncharacteristic blows he still looks like the most dominant force of the league.
That’s where the Lakers’ foundation begins. It might be sufficient on its own to justify our top place.
But there’s more to consider here.
Former No. 2 select Brandon Ingram was in the midst of a breakout before deep venous thrombosis prematurely ended his third time. Last year’s diamond in the rough, kyle Kuzma, has pushed nearly all his counting categories . Lonzo Ball continued flood stat sheets with per-36-minute marks of 11.8 points, 6.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds prior to an ankle injury shut him down.
Kuzma is 23 years old; Ingram and Ball are 21. Whether they’re trade chips or building blocks, they remain valuable assets.
If the Lakers will make a tournament run they’ll need more win-now help. But given their financial flexibility, young talent and possible top-10 select this summer, they possess the means to snag a celebrity (or more) for its second straight offseason.
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