The Los Angeles Lakers believe they have assembled the right pieces for finally get back on top and be the most dominant team in the league like they have been ever since the league has been assembled. The team, franchise, and fan base have been used to winning time and time again that this little wave of downplaying has gotten […]
The Los Angeles Lakers believe they have assembled the right pieces for finally get back on top and be the most dominant team in the league like they have been ever since the league has been assembled. The team, franchise, and fan base have been used to winning time and time again that this little wave of downplaying has gotten the organization tired of being at the bottom of the totem pole.
With the trade of the majority of their young core in Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Josh Hart for one player in Anthony Davis, the franchise believes it has the right person to help LeBron win another ring. This would also be a good start to a new decade by seeing the Lakers being at the top.
The only concern I have with this team is their bench not being up to par compared to previous championship-winning teams. Let’s take the Warriors by example. They were assembled greatly from the first man on the bench to the last one on the bench, and they all knew their role and what they had to do when they got on the court.
Another weakness the team has is trying to stay healthy. They are already starting the season by missing with arguably their third-best player on the roster in Kyle Kuzma, who has a badly sprained ankle and is expected to miss the beginning of the season. Anthony Davis is also known for not being able to stay healthy during the duration of a whole season and he is also starting off the season on the bench with an injured finger. Although they have players that could play defense, this could also be a factor in some cases when the team plays teams that have competition that is equal or even better than them some nights, because LeBron and AD can’t guard every position, even though they can, all the time.
- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
- Alex Caruso
- Quinn Cook
- Troy Daniels
- Demetrius Jackson
- Zach Norvell Jr. *Two-Way
- Rajon Rondo
- David Stockton
The Lakers are pretty set at the point guard position. They have a veteran starter in Rondo and two good backups in Kentavious and Quinn. Rondo and Kentavious are coming back for their second year with the team and is expecting to pick up right where they left off. Cook is coming from a championship-caliber team in the Golden State Warriors, so pairing him up with other championship winners in Rondo and LeBron he can be a silent leader to help out the younger/veterans on the team and show them how to be a championship team.
Caruso is a quiet assassin that has been coming of his own. Last year he started out as a two-way guard but has made his way to a roster spot and being one of the first players to come off the bench. Daniels and Jackson have been bounced around from team to team and is hoping to make an impact on this championship-caliber team. Norvell is a rookie who will spend most of his time in the G-League, but if he continues to work hard he can be like Caruso and find a spot on the roster.
- Avery Bradley
- Danny Green
- Reggie Hearn
- Talen Horton-Tucker
Green is a sharpshooter, being known to knock down big time shots during big-time games. He also has been part of championship teams in the past with the San Antonio Spurs and the recent Toronto Raptors. He also is known for his good defense as well that could help out. Bradley is also known to be a locked-down defender. Expect him to start every now and then, but for the most part, expect him to be one of the first people off the bench. Tucker is another Rookie that is expected to slowly make an appearance every now and then.
- Devontae Cacok
- Jared Dudley
- LeBron James
- Kyle Kuzma
Dudley another one of those players that you hate to play against him but love to play with him. He a guy that could rally the troops in the locker room and get them ready for the second half. LeBron is self-explanatory, still one of the best players in the league, but doesn’t have a lot of time left before retirement to win a few more rings. Even though people in the front office don’t want to admit it, he is one of the main reasons this team has been assembled, its to help him win a few more rings but also teach the younger players such as Kuzma and AD, who are the future of the franchise, the true meaning on how to win.
Kuzma is another player who was a steal in the draft two years ago and is proving time and time again that he understands the definition of the next man up. Cacok is another rookie on the roster who is expected to not get much playing time to start with the talent that he has in front of him, but it’s better to stay ready than to get ready.
- Kostas Antetokounmpo
- Anthony Davis
Davis is a player who has a long history of not staying healthy, but other than that he is one of the most dominant PF in the game and is able to play a little center is need be.
- DeMarcus Cousins
- Dwight Howard
- JaVale McGee
Howard used to be one of the best big men in the league when playing with the Orlando Magic, but unfortunately due to his back injuries, he hasn’t been the same since. If healthy, he could slowly get back to being a dominant force. McGee is another player that knows his role well, but he does on the occasion lose himself and think he is better than he is. For him, he and Howard can do great if they solidify themselves as a pick ‘n’ role big and protect the rim and grab rebounds on both ends of the floor. Cousins will be out the whole season due to an injury, which is tragic to hear. Him battling back last year quickly from his Achilles injury, then having a quad injury late in the playoffs lasts, season. Hopefully, he can have a speedy recovery to be better for the 2020-21 season.
Frank Vogel is coming to a team that has the star power to be great. The last time you’ve seen Frank go far in the playoffs is with the Indiana Pacers back in 2012 with Paul George as his leading, man. Unfortunately, they lost to the Miami Heat with LeBron leading the pact, but you know the old saying; “if you can’t beat em, join em.” But this is a good matchup I would like to see play out during the season and see if LeBron will still be taking over the coaching position or let Vogel be the good coach he is meant to be.
Projected Lineup/Roster Cuts
- PG: Rajon Rondo
- SG: Danny Green
- SF: Kyle Kuzma
- SF/PF: LeBron James
- PF/C: Anthony Davis
- Sixth Man: Alex Caruso
- Rest of the Bench: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, JaVale McGee, Quinn Cook, Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, Dwight Howard, Troy Daniels, Talen Horton-Tucker
- Two-Way Players: Kostas Antetokounmpo, Zach Norvell
- Injured: DeMarcus Cousins
- Roster Cuts: Devontae Cacok, David Stockton, Reggie Hearn, Demetrius Jackson
Overall this is a great roster that has a bright future ahead of it. Although they are on a time restraint due to LeBron only having three more years before they truly have to figure their next move on how to stay constant in the playoffs. LeBron is a great player, but he can only be great for so long. With him taking AD underneath his wing and teaching him how to win, it could truly turn into something special once he finally hangs up the shoes for good. The only thing that stopping the AD from fully reaching his potential is him being able to stay on the court without getting injured. This team has a potential being a top 5 seed when it comes to playoff time and could win a championship within the next two seasons.