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Midseason Player Grades for Each Los Angeles Lakers Player

January 9th, 2017
The Los Angeles Lakers are a study in contrasts as they reach the halfway mark of the 2016-17 season. They can be fun to watch as they romp up and down the court, but they can throw that enjoyment right out the window by inexplicably caving from one quarter to the ...

Best Potential 2016-17 NBA Trade Deadline Targets for LA Lakers

January 1st, 2017
The young Los Angeles Lakers can be fun to watch and should only improve with time. But clawing their way back into playoff contention this season will be a tall order unless they upgrade the roster through a midseason trade. At issue especially is a lack of defensive fortitude and a ...

Quarter-Season Grades for Each Los Angeles Lakers Player

December 12th, 2016
The Los Angeles Lakers limped into the season's quarter-season mark with a rash of injuries. And yet they're somehow still within shouting distance of playoff contention in the Western Conference. After an unexpectedly strong start, the team has had a skid, losing eight of its last 10 games. Maladies contributed to the ...

3 Players Who Still Have to Step Up for Los Angeles Lakers

November 14th, 2016
The Los Angeles Lakers have outperformed low expectations in the early stages of the 2016-17 season, but there's still plenty of room for improvement, especially for specific players. Part of head coach Luke Walton's methodology is spreading minutes liberally; This has helped to keep legs fresh but has also given fair ...

Diagnosing LA Lakers’ Remaining Flaws

November 7th, 2016
The Los Angeles Lakers are just seven games into the 2016-17 season, but they've already used more competitive lineups than the underperforming units they trundled out over the past three years. This is a young roster with a handful of veterans under first-year head coach Luke Walton. The positives include a ...

2016-17 NBA Season Predictions for Each L.A. Lakers Player

October 17th, 2016
How can one predict the end of an NBA season before it even begins? In the case of the Los Angeles Lakers, it begins with positive hope and ends with pragmatism. Nobody realistically believes the Purple and Gold are headed back to their old championship stomping grounds anytime soon, but there is ...

Predicting LA Lakers’ Final 15-Man 2016-17 Roster

October 11th, 2016
The Los Angeles Lakers head into their second week of the preseason with a 2-1 record, a new head coach in Luke Walton and a sizable group of fresh assistants, including associate head coach Brian Shaw. This promises to be a fun, free-flowing team with an energy and spirit that was lacking ...

Los Angeles Lakers 2016-17 NBA Training Camp Roster Rankings

September 26th, 2016
The Los Angeles Lakers' media day was Monday, with training camp starting Tuesday in Santa Barbara. But many of the younger players already have a jump on the 2016-17 campaign. D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr., Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson, Anthony Brown, Brandon Ingram and others have been getting in summer workouts and ...

Realistic Expectations for LA Lakers Rookie Ivica Zubac in 2016-17

July 24th, 2016
During the recently concluded Las Vegas Summer League, rookie big man Ivica Zubac surpassed all expectations. The 19-year-old Croatian was the Los Angeles Lakers’ 32nd overall draft pick in June. However, he played like a borderline lottery selection this summer, averaging 10.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks, starting every game ...

Realistic Expectations for LA Lakers Rookie Brandon Ingram in 2016-17

July 18th, 2016
The Los Angeles Lakers entered the offseason needing a small forward who could contribute right away while also growing with the team for years to come. They got just that with Brandon Ingram. With the closing of one chapter as Kobe Bryant rode off into retirement after a disappointing 17-65 season, ...