The Los Angeles Lakers have made some massive plays this offseason in the hope of contending for the 2020 championship. The franchise moved on a variety of role players in return for Pelicans big man, Anthony Davis.
Although the Lakers are currently the odds-on favorite to win the championship next season with odds of 3/1, the franchise has not been rated a high chance at all by NBA executives. ESPN’s Tim Bontemps asked a total of 20 NBA executives who they believed would win the next title and not a single one of them chose the Los Angeles Lakers.
On ESPN’s Get Up, Jalen Rose spoke about the survey and how he isn’t surprised at all that the Lakers were not an option considered by executives around the league.
“It doesn’t surprise me,” said Rose, “because of one word, Cohesion, and so yes you have LeBron James who hasn’t made the playoffs this year so he’s going to be fresh this season. But it is his first time playing with Anthony Davis, it’s going to take some time to develop their chemistry and then the rest of the roster, yes they have Kyle Kuzma who’s proven to me that he can get buckets in this league and he’s going to go well with those two guys, but who’s going to be their closing team, that’s yet to be discovered.”
Jaylen Rose also pointed out that the Lakers do have a lot of holes to fill but they should still be a contending team in the Western Conference.
What also needs to be considered is that other contending teams such as the Los Angeles Clippers have also gone through some big changes as well. The Clippers didn’t have either Kawhi Leonard or Paul George last season so they too will need time to learn how to play together and with the rest of the Clippers team.