2015-2016 La Lakers finally have some pieces to compete
Well, its only taken two years. The Los Angeles Lakers have assembled a team, barring injury, which is a big hope, that can compete with the rest of the NBA. The biggest boost is the return of superstar Kobe Bryant. Can he stay healthy? At the point he got hurt last season, Kobe was playing great basketball. He was getting his teammates involved, scoring, rebounding, and being that leader the young group needed. With some solid veteran pickups that the front office acquired this off season, Kobe has some pieces that can help him take this team back to the playoffs.
Lou Williams, Brandon Bass, and Roy Hibbert. They may not be the house hold names like Lebron, Carmelo, and Durant, but these are the type of players that solid teams are built. Hibbert was an all star from Indiana that is just a beast. He can be that defensive presence that the Lakers have been lacking for years. A change of scenery might be all that he needed to get back into form. Lou Williams is the reigning sixth man of the year. If you polled one hundred Laker fans, most probably never heard of him. He played in Toronto and was arguably their best player. With being little known throughout, the Lakers might of got the steal of free agency with him. Add those guys and Brandon bass, a durable Veteran that hasn’t missed a game in three seasons, while putting up some solid numbers. Three hungry guys that have and want to prove that they are stars, look out!
Now for the young guys, Jordan Clarkson, fresh off being named first team all rookie last season, was the surprise of the draft last year. He can score, pass, and defend. He was the lone bright spot of the Lakers. With a year under his belt, even better things are coming this season. Julius Randle returns after playing just twenty minutes last season. His play could be the big X factor this season. If he plays to his potential, and of course stays healthy, that could be the determining factor on whether this is a playoff team or not. Last but not least, first round pick Deangelo Russell. He has the talent to be one of the great ones. A household name for years to come. He showed flashes in summer league and looks to be willing to put in the work necessary to be great. Only time will tell but he is going to be fun to watch.
With this wonderful mix of Veteran and young talent, coupled with a little luck, the Los Angeles Lakers have the makings of a winning combination. At least they have created some buzz around L.A. these days. Something that has been missing for the last few years.