The NBA champions had a great off season. The off season picks will make the team even better. Lakers are looking good for the upcoming season. Do you think the picks will help them as a team?
The Lakers won the offseason. Gasol is exactly what they needed at center, and he makes their other moves look better. Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell will give Los Angeles more offensive options than it had last season, but Gasol ties everything together with his passing and his ability to space the floor. Wesley Matthews is a nice replacement for Danny Green, even if he’s not the same caliber of help defender.
Los Angeles improved in meaningful ways. These moves will allow LeBron James and Anthony Davis to play fewer minutes in the regular season and empower Frank Vogel to diversify the Lakers’ attack. There are only a couple of areas in which they have taken a significant step back: offensive rebounding and vertical spacing.
They addressed their biggest issues from last season, adding bench scoring with Harrell, a secondary ball-handler with Schroder and a much more reliable starting center in Gasol. He looked rough offensively last postseason, but Gasol’s defensive intelligence and passing ability will greatly benefit the Lakers, even if he’s no longer a viable scoring threat.
Forgetting the minutiae and looking at this from a macro level, the Lakers just have more guys than they did last year. We saw the heavy lifting LeBron and A.D. had to endure, when they were relying on players like Caldwell-Pope, Rajon Rondo, Alex Caruso and Dwight Howard to have the occasional big game.
Other opinions are – This was only a great offseason for the Lakers because they already had arguably the two best players in the world on their team. It’s like when the Warriors signed Zaza Pachulia and everyone was like, “he’s perfect for them!” or when JaVale McGee became a cult star but it was only because they didn’t need guys like that to actually be that good for them with the team they already had.
Either way the team is better than last year so lets get another ring!!