The Los Angeles Lakers took the circuitous route to a solid offseason. While adding LeBron James, one of the greatest players of all-time, was undoubtedly an A+ move, the franchise still needed to pick up a host of veterans to fill out their roster.
Even though the Lakers did not add much shooting, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka inked high IQ passers with a knack for scoring. Among those added were Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley, and JaVale McGee.
The first two on that list offer the most intrigue.
Rajon Rondo and Lance Stephenson are both crafty with the ball, and Rondo boasts one of the league’s highest basketball IQs. His ability to see the floor and create plays for others makes him an interesting match for LeBron, who is every bit his equal in that realm. Rondo notched 25 assists in a win last season with the New Orleans Pelicans.
But Lonzo Ball has become the forgotten Laker throughout the offseason. It has been a foregone conclusion that Rondo or Ball will play, but what if head coach Luke Walton deploys small lineups with Rondo and Ball sharing the floor? The length and court vision could make for some dazzling basketball plays, especially with LeBron in the mix.
Yes, the Lakers crave shooting–but they should be able to generate higher quality looks than almost any other team. Translating a “Showtime” offense into wins will be a challenge, especially as the players get acclimated to one another and battle through a difficult Western Conference.
Even if the wins take time, the Lakers will still provide one of the most entertaining squads in the NBA in 2018-19.
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