When talking about the West's most formidable forces, the Lakers are near the top of everyone's list. They should be. With LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they've got a core in place that most teams would kill for.
Even with that said, are the Lakers being overrated?
When looking past their starters, you might notice a lack of quality depth on the roster. This argument was explained by Bleacher Report's Preston Ellis as he noted why the Lakers could be among the most disappointing teams of the 2019-20 season.
Compared to those of their foremost competitors in the Western Conference, the Lakers are devoid of supporting talent throughout the roster. They will not have enough to overcome the Golden State Warriors, Houston Rockets and Denver Nuggets.
In addition to claiming the league's third-oldest roster, the Lakers find themselves thin at multiple positions and have question marks at others.
Compared to other teams out West, L.A. is lacking with talent and consistency off the bench. They have Dwight Howard (who is one mistake away from being exiled completely), Avery Bradley, Rajon Rondo (who are both aged veterans with injury concerns), Troy Daniels and Jared Dudley (whose games are strictly one-sided).
As Preston points out in his piece, Kyle Kuzma will have to step up if this team wants any hope of a long postseason run. Hopefully, Kuz steps up to the call.