Coming off the worst season in franchise history, the Los Angeles Lakers find themselves in another low expectation season.
The Lakers failed to grab any big superstar like Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony or Kevin Love this offseason but managed to add respectable players to their roster.
Re-Signings: Nick Young, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Ryan Kelly, Jordan Hill
Additions: Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Wayne Ellington, Ronnie Price, Jeremy Lin
Rookies: Julius Randle (7th overall), Jordan Clarkson (46th overall)
With this current roster here is my projected starting lineup and bench for the start of the season under head coach Byron Scott.
Projected Starting Lineup:
C- Jordan Hill
PF- Carlos Boozer
SF- Wesley Johnson
SG- Kobe Bryant
PG- Ronnie Price
C- Robert Sacre
PF- Ed Davis
SF- Julius Randle
SG- Wayne Ellington
PG- Jeremy Lin
Notable Injuries: Nick Young, Xavier Henry, Steve Nash, Ryan Kelly
This roster will by no means win the championship this season or might not even make the playoffs with a stacked Western Conference but teams should not be looking at these Lakers for an easy win.
Byron Scott said in his introductory press conference is what Magic Johnson first taught him.
“We win championships by defending every single night.”
Every team in the NBA needs to have an identity. The Lakers identity under Mike D’Antoni last year was to have a fast paced offense where the 3-point shot was the major focus.
This led to players such as Jordan Hill to not be comfortable in D’Antoni’s system.
From the Los Angeles Daily News' Mike Medina:
“If Mike was here, I wouldn't be back,” Hill said. “That's the way it was. No disrespect to Mike, but apparently I didn't fit his system. Why would I come back?”
This year the Lakers do have players that can knock down shots from the outside such as Nick Young, Ryan Kelly, Wayne Eliington, Jeremy Lin, and Steve Nash (if healthy) but that is not the major focus this year according to Byron Scott.
According to Bill Oram of the OC Register Byron Scott said “I don’t believe it wins championships. Gets you to the playoffs.”
The Los Angeles Lakers need to have the identity of being a good or great defensive team in order to win games and they do have the players that can make a big impact on the defensive end to make it happen.
“The one thing you can control every single night is your effort on the defensive end,” Byron Scott said in his introductory press conference.