Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that LeBron James has signed with the Los Angeles Lakers for the next four seasons. LA fans and bandwagon “Lakers fans” all around the country have been going crazy over the news, and are even crazy enough to believe that they are a lock for the Finals. LeBron is the best player in the league without question, but just how good can the Lakers really be this season?
If I had to guess, this Lakers team is either a four or five seed, and will be out in the second round, and that’s being generous. This team still is not that good, even with the addition of LeBron. The projected starting line up is Ball/Rondo, KCP, LeBron, Ingram, and JaVale McGee. Didn’t LeBron leave Cleveland to have a better supporting cast? This team is literally the Western Conference version of the Cavs, except they are going to be in the powerhouse West. If that Cavs team last year was a four seed in the East, then what is this similar Lakers team going to be in a much more difficult conference?
Yes, the Cavs made the Finals despite being a four seed last season, but to get there they did not have to face any real competition until the Celtics, who were marred by injury. In the West, every round they will face a good team, with the second round likely being against the Rockets or Warriors (yikes). This Lakers team is not deep at all and that will likely show. Granted I am writing this on July 10, so they could still manage to somehow get Kahwi, but by getting Kahwi, LA will lose any combination of Ball, Kuzma, or Ingram.
The Lakers finished 35-47 last season. Does adding LeBron win them 10-12 more games? Even then they’ll finish around 47-35, a very mediocre record by NBA standards. To put that into perspective, the Thunder, Jazz, Pelicans, Spurs, and Timberwolves, who were all lower seeds in the Western Conference bracket, all finished with 47 or 48 wins. The Lakers might not even make the playoffs because that is how good the West is.
It’s also funny that the Lakers signing the veterans like Lance Stephenson, JaVale McGee, and Rajon Rondo were considered unbelievable signings after LeBron signed. If any other team got those three guys, it would have been considered a huge waste of money. Now they’re some of the “best signings of the summer.” Pathetic.
If you’re a Lakers fan and you think signing LeBron means you’re a lock to make the Finals, then you’re absolutely delusional. Get back to me next season when your team is clawing for a spot to make the playoffs, because year after year we see just how hard it is to make the Western Conference playoffs. I can’t wait for the Lakers to not succeed and Kobe fans to argue he is better than LeBron. Music to my ears.
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