If you’re building a Championship contender, you need to pile up as much talent as you can, either if it is via Draft and looking ahead of the future, or via free agency to try and win a Championship right away.
Take a look at the Golden State Warriors, for instance, that built a dynasty using the Draft and then went on to chase an MVP and an All-Star in Kevin Durant and DeMarcus Cousins in order to keep on their dominance.
Moreover, the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to put together a dream team of their own, and now that they’ve landed LeBron James, this team actually features 6 MVPs on their roster. If you don’t believe us, take a look ahead!
6. LeBron James
2009, 2010, 2012, 2013 NBA MVP
By landing LeBron James, Magic Johnson has put his hands on the best player of his generation and arguably the greatest small forward in the history of the game, a guy that has single-handedly led his teams to 8 straight Finals and has won 4 MVPs. Let’s take a look at his stats:
2009: 29.7 points, 7.3 rebounds, 8.6 assists, 1.6 steals, 1 block, 50% shooting, 33% from three.
2010: 26.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 7 assists, 1.6 steals, 0.6 blocks, 51% shooting, 33% from three.
2012: 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds, 6.2 assists, 1.9 steals, 0.8 blocks, 53% shooting, 36% from three.
2013: 26.8 points, 8 rebounds, 7.3 assists, 1.7 steals, 0.9 blocks, 56% shooting, 40% from three.
5. Josh Hart
2018 Summer League MVP
Josh Hart had an incredibly outing night in and night out throughout this past Summer League, earning the MVP honors while taking the Lakers to back-to-back Finals, even though they lost against the Blazers. Still, Hart is making great strides and already looks like a much better option than veteran shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.
Summer League Stats: 24.2 points, 5.2 rebounds, 1.5 steals, 47% shooting.
4. Lonzo Ball
2017 Summer League MVP
Lonzo Ball entered the league with a lot of praise and expectations, and even though his rookie season didn’t go as well as planned due to inconsistency and injuries, he really put on a show throughout the prior Summer League and proved that he can be an extremely valuable asset for the future en route to winning the 2017 SL MVP.
Stats: 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 2.5 steals.
3. Kyle Kuzma
2017 Summer League Championship MVP
Kyle Kuzma proved that he was one of the biggest steals of the Draft right out of the cage, dominating early on the Summer League and never slowing down throughout the season, up to the point that he was by far the most impressive youngster in the team’s roster. Also, he dominated through the entire SL Championship game in 2017.
Stats: 30 points (11/16 FG), 10 rebounds, 6 three-pointers.
2. Brandon Ingram
High School Championship MVP
Brandon Ingram’s NBA career hasn’t gotten off to the start we all expected, but even though the young man has shown glimpses of greatness and he may become one of the most prolific scorers in the league under James’ tutelage. Still, considering his outstanding High School Championship performance where he took the Kinston Vikings to a victory against East Lincoln, earning the Championship MVP honors.
Stats: 28 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks.
1. JaVale McGee
Shaqtin A’ Fool MVP
And last but not least, the most important MVP award among all Lakers players has to go to JaVale McGee, a perennial Shaqtin A’ Fool MVP due to his constant antics and miscues. McGee was just hilarious to watch throughout his first years in the league, but it’s safe to say that he’s finally turned around. Also, he got into a personal feud with Shaq some time ago, so he’s unlikely to win this award ever again.