Even though things weren’t looking well for them after Magic Johnson’s departure, the Los Angeles Lakers made the most of their offseason, and Rob Pelinka managed to put together a very balanced squad.
The Lakers struck out on Kawhi Leonard but still made some interesting signings. They filled their roster with veterans that can defend and hit the three, saved a roster spot, and even got DeMarcus Cousins at a huge discount.
Everybody knows it’s win-now time for the Lakers at this point after missing the playoffs again last year. They haven’t been in the postseason since 2013 and LeBron will only have two more years left on his contract, so the clock is ticking on them.
And now that the team has announced Frank Vogel’s coaching staff, things will take shape for the franchise and their roster ahead of next season. That’s why today, we’ll discuss their potential starting five.
Bench: Rajon Rondo, Quinn Cook, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, JaVale McGee
Point Guard: LeBron James
Frank Vogel denied the reports that claimed LeBron was going to be the team’s starting point guard, saying that he hadn’t made that choice yet. Still, he did hint that he would put him in a position to be one of the team’s primary ball-handlers.
LeBron has one of the highest basketball IQs ever. He’s used to making his teammates better and knows how to get them on the most favorable scoring position. Him starting at the one would give them a lot of length in the defensive end and could be their best option, despite the words of Vogel.
Shooting Guard: Danny Green
The Lakers sure paid a lot of money to sign Danny Green (30 million, 2 years), but he was worth every dime of his deal. Green is one of the best backcourt defenders in the league and an outstanding stopper on the fast break.
He’s going to contest a lot of shots on defense and will take some pressure off of LeBron’s shoulders, but his offense looks tailor-made for this team as well. LeBron’s presence will open a lot of space for him to pull up from three, which he will easily capitalize.
Small Forward: Kyle Kuzma
Kyle Kuzma claims he’s got what it takes to be the Lakers’ third star this season, and the work he’s put in the offseason with Carmelo Anthony and Team USA could help him accomplish that goal.
Kuzma has made some strides in the defensive end and having Anthony Davis mentorship in that regard will help him a lot. He’s going to be extremely motivated to prove the Lakers did the right thing by keeping him.
Power Forward: Anthony Davis
Anthony Davis is set to enter a major season of his career. He drew a lot of hate last year after forcing his way out of the Pelicans, so it will be up to him to prove he can take a team to the Finals with a capable supporting cast next to him.
There’s no denying on Davis’ talent and ability to impact both sides of the floor, but durability has always been a concern with him. Now that he’s on board, the Lakers have the best duo in the league and they’re going to be unstoppable in the post.
Center: DeMarcus Cousins
DeMarcus Cousins has a lot to prove next season as well. People are counting him out after a subpar year with the Warriors, but he’ll finally be back at full strength and will be extra motivated.
Cousins was one of the best big men in the world a couple of years ago and we all know the talent is still there. He’s a dominant scorer and rebounder and will be in a prime position to prove his doubters wrong next year. Also, the Davis-Cousins frontcourt was unstoppable during their time together at New Orleans, and they will work to ensure it remains that way in Los Angeles.