Wait, wait, wait patiently. Hasn’t the Los Angeles Lakers’ first time with LeBron James been an unmitigated disaster?
You can call it , sure. But remember we’re talking about James’ first time in Hollywood. He’s signed on for at least two more and, besides shouldering some blows in the injury bug, he still often looks like the most dominant force of the league.
That’s where the Lakers’ foundation starts. It may be sufficient on its own to warrant our top place.
But there’s more to consider here.
Former No. 2 select Brandon Ingram was in the midst of a breakout until deep venous thrombosis prematurely ended his third season. Kyle Kuzma year’s diamond in the rough, has pushed nearly all of his categories that were counting . Lonzo Ball continued flood stat sheets with per-36-minute marks of 11.8 points, 6.5 assists and 6.3 rebounds before an ankle injury shut him down.
Kuzma is 23 years old; Ingram and Ball are 21. Whether they are commerce chips or building blocks, they remain valuable assets.
They’ll need more win-now assistance if the Lakers will make a tournament run with James. But given their financial flexibility, youthful talent and potential top-10 select this summer, they possess the capacity to snag a celebrity (or more) for its second straight offseason.
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