It’s disappointing to see the Lakers lose in the first round to the Phoenix Suns especially being the defending champions and favorite, even though the Suns were the 2nd seed in the west. It should be mentioned that Anthony Davis was hurt for majority of the series and Lebron was playing with an ankle injury. Last year, the dependence of Anthony Davis and Lebron wasn’t as heavy as this year.
During the 2020 season championship run, Lakers’ head coach Frank Vogel had different lineups for each series. This allowed the Lakers to play with an advantage against their opponent. This was evident in the Finals against the Miami Heat. Despite Davis playing not up to his usual star standard, players like Dwight Howard stepped up and provided more inside presence that was missing. Sadly, key role players and vets left during the offseason. Players like Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard and Danny Green all left.
Even though the Lakers acquired 2 of the best 6th man in the league (Dennis Schröder and Montrezl Harrell) both players were not a good fit for the team or utilized poorly. Both are supposed to provide offense, but they lack defense. During the Suns series, Schröder was lackluster on both ends and Harrell barely saw any minutes. There would be no surprise if both players decides to leave after this season. Schröder already showed intentions of leaving.
Lakers have a track record of acquiring great talent however, when they start playing, they start playing sub expectation. Despite this, this shouldn’t stop the Lakers from acquiring the best players, or else they end up on the other team. Notable players during this offseason include Kawhi Leonard, Kyle Lowry, Demar Derozan, Tim Hardaway Jr., Evan Fournier, Kelly Oubre Jr., J.J Redick, and Kelly Olynyk. There are other players such as Chris Paul available, but it’s unlikely the Lakers would pursue such player because they either are demanding too much or are likely to stay with their competitive team.
I would like the see the Lakers acquire Kyle Lowry, Evan Fournier and Kelly Olynyk. Lebron has a great track record of success with veteran players so they would make a great fit. They all can shoot the 3 and be competent on defense. Kawhi Leonard would be a great acquisition, but I wouldn’t bet on him coming to the Lakers if he didn’t come the first time. Demar Derozan is a great player, but he wouldn’t make a good fit with Lebron and Davis since he specializes in iso mid range game.
As long as the Lakers have Lebron and Davis, they will likely be looking to make moves that are meant to improve their lineup without rebuild in mind. They are not likely to make move towards younger players who aren’t proven. But with the disappointment of this year, who knows what they are going to do.
We appreciate y’all for letting us be a part of your Break Time.
Signing off, JT