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During this past offseason the Lakers went all in for superstar Anthony Davis. With the combo of James and Davis the team looks to make a major run for the title but the rest of the roster may hold them back. Below is an analysis how the roster looks and what you should expect for this upcoming season.
Anthony Davis and LeBron James are superstars. Clearly with the roster that is in place now they will make a push well into the postseason. The front office added two key role players in Quin Cook and Danny Green who will provide much needed shooting on the perimeter. Kyle Kuzma is the future of the team and will be able to develop even more under Davis and James. The roster in place has holes but they can be overcome if the LeBron and Davis can stay healthy. Health will be the key to their success, as the teams title hopes rest of the backs of those two players.
The loss of Demarcus Cousins to injury hurts this team greatly at the center position as JaVale McGee will now be starting. Players like McGee and Rajon Rondo (who will be starting) will not be able to carry them to wins over tough competition in the West. The team’s trade for Davis this offseason has set the team up in “win now” mode as they sacrificed much of their young talent. With the players and contracts in players the Lakers window for a title is only a couple years. The only problem with that is the question: “What if they don’t win”? The Western Conference is loaded with teams like Golden State, Denver, Portland, Houston, Utah, LA Clippers, San Antonio, and many other on the edge teams. It is very possible that after two years Davis could be done with the team and walk away. If things fall apart the Lakers will be left with washed up veterans and no young talent to invest in. This is a scary alternative that could put this franchise back to the bottom very quickly with nothing to build on for the future.
The superstar talent alone on this team can carry them very far into the playoffs, maybe even a title. But, it is very likely that there will be injuries, trades, and friction throughout the season that will cause them to falter. While this is a good team, they will not be able to compete and win during a seven game series with the top teams of the Western Conference this season.