Ep #14 – NBA 30 to 1 Part 3, Hope for Los Angeles (Hoops)

Episode #14 – NBA 30 to 1 Part 3, Hope for Los Angeles

On today’s episode, I’m joined in the Hoop Cave by Simo Padjic where we look at the new look Los Angeles Lakers.

18. LA LAKERS (nba.com rank 22)

Last Season 26-56

Key Departures
D’Angelo Russell & Timofey Mozgov

Arrivals
Lopez, KCP, Lonzo, Kuzma, Bogut

Key to success
The likes of Ball and Kuzma need to be able to handle the transition to the NBA
Ingram, Randle, Clarkson, etc need to have break out seasons
New look roster, should be better defensively
Youthful Core need to improve
Lopez, KCP and Bogut veterans
Ball and Kuzma look like great rookies

Team Best Case/Worst Case Scenarios
Best Case: Push for a playoff spot if pieces slot together and find chemistry
Worst Case: Ball and Ingram are a bust and the rebuild has to be started over

X Factor
Magic Johnson – Since the appointment of Magic Johnson to the front office there has been a renewed feeling of hope with the Lakers. Can Magic lead the franchise out of the darkness of recent years?
Kyle Kuzma – Summer League MVP, Preseason scoring leader. Steal of the draft?

Trade Override On!!!?
Who do the Lakers look to sign next year?

 

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