After wasting the first year of their run with LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers are determined to flip the script this season. Almost a whole year after their initial signing of LeBron, the Lakers were finally able to pair him with a second star when they gave up a historic number of picks and assets (basically all of their young players other than Kyle Kuzma) in order to acquire Anthony Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. Davis will arguably be the best player that LeBron has ever played with, as his unique talent, skillset, and athletics have made one of the leagues true unicorns. With these two guys established as the face of the Lakers next year, the question now becomes what pieces the Lakers can put around them.
The Lakers had multiple opportunities to try and sign a third star this summer, but ultimately, they decided to put all of their chips on Kawhi Leonard, hoping that the allurement of going home to California and playing alongside LeBron and Davis would be enough to convince the 2019 Finals MVP to wear the purple and gold. Kawhi decided to go to Los Angeles… but to the Clippers, which left the Lakers scrambling to put a championship caliber supporting cast around their two superstars. The problem was, however, that Kawhi took such a long time to make his decision and all the other top free agents had already committed to play for other teams.
Despite the limitations in their available free agent market place, the Lakers still managed to add some quality role players. Danny Green, who played an instrumental in the Raptor's championship season (not to mention his previous experience lighting up the LeBron-led Heat teams back when he was on the Spurs), seems like an ideal 3-and-D fit next to LeBron and Davis who will be able to space the floor on offense and aid their perimeter defense (which forecasts to be a major weakness for the Lakers). They also did well to add Demarcus Cousins, as while he is not the superstar player he was before his achilles injury a couple seasons ago, he still showed flashes of scoring and playmaking ability that should give the Lakers another dimension to their offense.
What the Lakers didn’t end up doing, however, was sign a high end starting point guard. With that being the case, the report came out that LeBron will take over starting point guard duties. While the news made waves throughout the NBA media, this is anything new, as its notorious that LeBron loves the ball in his hands and is excellent at creating shots for his teammates. The difference this year may be that he will cut down on his aggression of scoring the ball and primarily focus on his playmaking abilities, and this could be his way of managing his workload so that he is in ideal shape when its time to make a championship run in the playoffs.