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Breaking down the Los Angeles Lakers

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Breaking down the Los Angeles Lakers

My first write up had some good discussion, but I think people need to stop living in 2k, and start living in reality. This doesn't just pertain to the Celtics, but the Lakers as well. The Lakers haven't signed a serious FA since Shaq, and have been succesful through savy, unbalanced trades. The allure of LA is a myth, and they should be treated like every other team that is picking in the top of the draft, and that's a rebuilding team. So with that being said, lets look at the draft, but first, lets go over some stats for you guys.

The Good:

6th in the league in fast break points and efficiency

6th in the league in pace

4th in the league in points in the paint (actually kind of surprising)

The Bad:

24th in assists per game

28th in a/to ratio

25th in fg made that were assisted

30th is opp fg%

You guys see where I'm going with this? With the 2nd pick in the 2017 NBA draft, the Los Angeles Lakers select, Lonzo Ball, out of UCLA!

Hate the mans father if you want, but the son is one hell of a player, and his size and skilset are exactly what the Lakers need. Looking at the stats above, you'll see that the Lakers are one of the better teams in getting the ball inside, and scoring on the break. They were very inefficient doing it, and Ball can take them to the next level. They obviously were terrible when it came to assists, but what more can you ask for from a team that had Lou Williams, Nick young, and D Russle? Ball is the opposite of those guys, and will alow the Lakers to play more in control, and be more effective running their offense. He'll find the open man for easy shots, score and distribute on the break, and his height alone should improve their rebounding and defensive numbers. I don't think his shot will translate, but he won't be Marcus Smart either. He will be a decent shooter probably 35% from downtown, and that's all they really need from him. Lakers should be excited to get a prospect this good at #2.

For their other picks, I would hope to god that TJ Leaf falls to them, as they need a stretch 4 terribly. I think they will consolidate their picks, but if they don't Leaf, Bell, Justin Patton, or even Tyler Lyndon would all be good picks for them. that leaves them with a rotation of:

Zubac- Moz

Randle- Nance

Ingram- Deng

Russle

Ball- Clarkson

That team is winning nothing, but the prospects are nice, and they have a good mix of talent that Walton can use to his benefit. I also think it's imperrative to mention that unlike most rebuilding teams, the Lakers have drafted players, hired a coach, and implemented a system that will bring out the best in all of their players. This is why Ball is such a good pick. He moves Russle off the ball we're he's best. Clarkson is relegated to 6th man off the bench for good, and can focus just on scoring. Randle and Nance get to do the dirty work, running the floor, and scoring on cuts and offensive rebounds, and Ingram just has to make open shots and play good defense.

The Offseason:

Boy o' Boy do those contracts to Deng and Moz look terrible. The Lakers already have 80 mil is cap space covered (46 of which is going to Clarkson, Moz, and Deng), around 86 if you count the contracts to their first round picks. That isn't a lot of $$, and limits them in free agency. I think they will try and bring in a SF/PF type of player, something they want Ingram to be, but he isn't ready. If I was them I would target:

Danillo Galinari

Rudy Gay

PJ Tucker

Kelly Olynyk

James Johnson

All of these guys can play multiple positions, shoot the 3 ball, and all of them excell in small ball lineups. None of them should cap the Lakers out, and guys like Tucker, Gay, and Johnson should come really cheap.

Going into the season, I expect the lakers to be in the lottery again, but they will certainly win more games than last year. I think a roster of:

Zubac- Nance

Randle- Galinarri

Ingram-Deng

Russle

Ball-Clarkson

Will will about 30-35 games, and look to make a big leap in 2018-19. They will be one of the more fun teams to watch in the NBA, and all their players will have 3-4 years playing together, and growing as a team.

Zubac- Moz

Randle- Nance

Ingram- Deng

Russle

Ball-Clarkson


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The future Lakers dream is to

The future Lakers dream is to have

Ball

Ingram

George

Randle

Zu

Bench:

Black

Nance

a legit shooter

Ennis

Brewer

Nwaba

Mozgov

Clarkson, Russell, and Deng can be move to get George and pieces they are missing.

If Paul George is your goal, you really don't need Russell, Clarkson is a good bench player but has more value than Russell so he may have to be sacrificed. Deng is not needed when you have Ingram, P George, Brewer, Nwada. Deng is also not part of the future.

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Deng and Mozgov

Who in the World is going to absorb Deng and Mozgov's crazy contracts????

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Brooklyn already said they

Brooklyn already said they would do it for young players

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Yeah but the packages I see

Yeah but the packages I see around different websites talk about Deng, Mozgov and garbage for PG or Carmelo Anthony...

No Russell, no Ingram and no draft picks mentioned!

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typical LakersNation

typical LakersNation packages......

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Where did I say that though.

Where did I say that though. I never said both could be moved. I say Deng and the 28 pick would work for Brooklyn because Deng is a solid bench player and Brooklyn can use the pick.

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I don't know if this can

I don't know if this can happen, but can the Lakers snag Paul Millsap in a sign and trade with the hawks and offer up Randle & Deng.

The Lakers get something proven in Milsap, and the Hawks can get a younger version of him in Randle (still unproven) and absorbing Dengs contract.

The Hawks will lost Millsap, might as well get something for him

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Don't think the Lakers should

Don't think the Lakers should rush to get into the playoffs. I think the core of Ball, D Russ,Ingram, Randle, Zubac should at least get a chance to run as a unit. I know getting Paul Geroge is great but is he going to have the patience to wait until the other guys develop? Or from another prespective, will any of those players turn into a superstar to compete for a championship when Lebron is still around? (Personally, I rather keep Ingram than Ball cause one of those two must go to the Pacers if they were to going to get Paul George)

Getting both PG13 and Millsap will be another scenario to think about though...

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They can only play so many

They can only play so many players so if you get George, you have Ingram and Ball. There are not many minutes for Russell and Clarkson.

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The Lakers don't have enough

The Lakers don't have enough ball to go around today, even after they lost Lou Williams and soon lose Swaggy. Russell, Randle, Clarkson, and Zubac all have sticky hands. Yet unselfish Ingram showed after the break that he should get the most touches. Throw in Ball and it's one more guy who needs the ball in his hands. This is why I've wondered if they should take Josh Jackson despite not having Ball's star potential.

But if they take Ball, I concur that the offensive tandem of Ball and Russell could be outstanding, but not the defense. Russell was dead average on defense and that's fine if you pair him with someone above average on the perimeter, but Ball isn't as good as Russell at D. Ball is fast in the open court, but his foot speed is way slow. Overall, I see Russell as being very near a star, eventually. I think Ball will be a star, slightly better. For that reason, the defensive pairing, I think they'd trade Russell.

I think Russell is the ideal PG for the Sixers. They need shooting PG who plays a bit off the ball (because Ben Simmons will handle the ball) who is under 23 years old. There's not a lot of guys who fit that description. That's Russell. He's already a known commodity, unlike the draft picks, and it's unlikely Ball or Fultz fall to 3rd. The question is: what would the Sixers need to give up? I'm not sure what else you'd add to the deal, but if I were the Lakers, I'd target the 3rd pick and turn that into Josh Jackson. And I'd move Randle... too many guys need the ball.

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