With LeBron James joining the Los Angeles Lakers, everybody thought the league was finally going to be competitive once again and somebody was going to have the chance to stop the Golden State Warriors.
That was until the Dubs announced DeMarcus Cousins’ commitment to sign with them on a 1-year deal, something that pretty much ruined the entire Association for at least one more full season.
Still, if somebody can try and beat the Warriors, that’s LeBron James, who already carried a mediocre squad all the way to the Finals, and that would have a much better support cast now with the Lakers than he did the prior year. So, let’s take a look at 5 veterans that could join forces and help the King.
5. Vince Carter
Vince Carter needs a ring to retire. He’s already a Hall of Famer and one of the best players of his generation, but he’s been quite unlucky when it comes to putting a ring on his finger, losing in the Finals with his Nets.
He’s not capable of playing 30+ minutes anymore, but he can still bring a lot of energy off the bench and mentor an athletic freak as Brandon Ingram, so he’d be a very good signing for the Lakers.
4. Zach Randolph
If anybody can outhustle, out bully and even intimidate Draymond Green, that’s Zach Randolph for sure, as he’s never backed down from any challenge through his entire career in the NBA with the Blazers, Grizzlies and Kings.
Randolph is one of the best offensive rebounders of his generation and an underrated scorer despite his lack of hops and athleticism, and he could teach a lot of tricks to Kyle Kuzma should he decide to join LA.
3. Jamal Crawford
Jamal Crawford has already opted out of his deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves and it’s been clearly known that he’s bound for Championship Contention, and considering how stacked the Dubs are, his closest shot at the ring would be just joining LeBron.
Crawford would lead the Lakers’ second unit in scoring with Rajon Rondo clearing the way and handling the backup playmaker duties, opening up a lot of space for his drives and pull up shots from everywhere.
2. Tony Allen
Tony Allen had a very rough year due to several injuries, but he’s nowhere near done and is one of the fiercest competitors in this league and would fight with hands and teeth to go back to his former level.
Allen is one of the best defenders in the league when healthy and the Lakers definitely need something that could try and lock either Curry or Thompson, and the Grindfather is one of the few people that could at least try to do it.
1. Boris Diaw
Boris Diaw hasn’t been in the league for a while but he would love to have the chance to make a comeback, especially if that means playing in such a big market as the Los Angeles Lakers and next to LeBron James.
Diaw can play as much as 4 different spots in the court and even though he’s not fast or athletic, he’s always known how to fill the stat sheet and do a little bit of everything. He’s smart, a good passer, a committed rebounder and a versatile scorer.