The Los Angeles Lakers 2015-16 team is considered as one of the worst all-time teams in the history of the league. The team finished at the bottom of the Western Conference standings with a highly disappointing record of 17-65.
Taking a look at the 2015-16 team, you can tell that the Lakers franchise has made some massive changes to their roster over the last few seasons. So much has changed that the Lakers entire starting line-up and sixth-man of the 2016 season is no longer there.
Kobe Bryant was the star of the team in 2016, it also happened to be his final season in the league, the Lakers Hall of Famer retired after the regular season. One positive to come out of Kobe’s final year in the NBA is his incredible final game of the regular season where he scored 60 points in the win against the Jazz.
While Kobe Bryant was playing in his final season, it was the complete contrast for point guard D’Angelo Russell who was in his rookie season in 2015-16. Russell would only play one more season with the Lakers before he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets. Russell has started to make a name for himself since then, he became an All-Star for the first time this year and will now be continuing his career with the Golden State Warriors.
Lou Williams’ career with the Lakers also didn’t last much longer after the dismal 2016 season, the shooting guard spent a very short time in Houston before he moved back to Los Angeles, this time to play for the Clippers. Williams managed to win the Sixth Man of the Year award this season and now has the chance to play in a potential championship team with both Kawhi Leonard and Paul George joining the Clippers.
It took Jordan Clarkson a little longer to leave the Lakers, in 2018 he was traded to the Cavaliers where he is still there to this present time.
Julius Randle also left at the same time; the power forward played one season with the Pelicans before signing with the New York Knicks this offseason.
For Roy Hibbert, like Kobe, the big-man is now retired, unfortunately, his career didn’t last too much longer after the stint in Los Angeles. Hibbert played for both the Hornets and Nuggets before he retired but it certainly didn’t match his time in Indiana where he started his career. Hibbert is now a player development coach with the Philadelphia 76ers.
It’s a very new-look Lakers team now with LeBron James and Anthony Davis looking to lead the franchise to their next championship. It’s very interesting to see just how much things can change over a few seasons.