Wait, wait, wait patiently. Has the Los Angeles Lakers’ season with LeBron James been an unmitigated disaster?
You can call it that, sure. But remember we are talking about James’ initial season in Hollywood. He is signed on for at least two and, other than shouldering some uncharacteristic blows he often looks like the most dominant force of the league.
That’s where the Lakers’ foundation starts. It might be enough on its own to warrant our top spot.
But there is more to consider here.
Former No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram was in the middle of a breakout until deep venous thrombosis prematurely finished his third time. Kyle Kuzma, last year’s diamond in the rough, has pushed almost all his counting categories ahead. Lonzo Ball continued flooding stat sheets with per-36-minute marks of 11.8 points, 6.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds before an ankle injury closed him down.
Kuzma is 23 years old; Ball and Ingram are 21. Whether they’re building blocks or trade chips, they remain valuable assets.
If the Lakers will make a championship run with James, they will need assistance. But given their fiscal flexibility, youthful talent and possible top-10 select this summerthey possess the capacity to snag a star (or more) for the second straight offseason.
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