Los Angeles Lakers Roster 2019 Lakers Roster

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The Lakers roster is likely one to change very soon, but they look set for the moment. In case you had not heard by now, the Los Angeles Lakers signed a guy named LeBron James during free agency. The Lakers rebuild had stalled, and signing The King is a definite game-changer. The Lakers are still one move away from the top of the Western Conference. One of the biggest questions marks will be who will run the team from the point day in and day out. Will Lebron play point? When the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball and his entire family, many questioned the move. Ball showed some flashes here and there, but his shot was the biggest issue in his first year. We do know the Lakers want to win soon. Kyle Kuzma has shown a lot of promise for the future, and could be the guy they decide to build around in the front court given the rest of the options are on the older side. Kentavius Caldwell-Pope and Stevenson round out a number of veterans to help Lebron keep the youngsters on the right path. To say the least, this is going to be the most scrutinized team in the NBA all season long.

Pos Name Jersey Rating Ranking Depth Height Weight Age Birthday Exp. College
PG Rajon Rondo Rajon Rondo R. Rondo 9
78
#17 PG 1 6' 1" 186 32 2/22/86 13th season Kentucky
PG Lonzo Ball Lonzo Ball L. Ball 2
79
#20 PG 3 6' 6" 190 20 10/27/97 2nd season UCLA
PG Isaac Bonga Isaac Bonga I. Bonga 17
68
6' 8" 180 18 11/8/99 Rookie
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Kentavious Caldwell-Pope K. Caldwell-Pope 1
77
#39 SG 2 6' 5" 205 25 2/18/93 6th season Georgia
SG Alex Caruso Alex Caruso A. Caruso 4
69
#74 SG 2 6' 5" 186 24 2/28/94 2nd season Texas A&M
SG Lance Stephenson Lance Stephenson L. Stephenson 6
76
#33 SG 3 6' 6" 230 28 9/5/90 9th season Cincinnati
SG Josh Hart Josh Hart J. Hart 3
75
#37 SG 3 6' 5" 215 23 3/6/95 2nd season Villanova
SF LeBron James LeBron James L. James 23
97
#1 SF 1 6' 8" 250 33 12/30/84 16th season
SF Reggie Bullock Reggie Bullock R. Bullock 35
76
#23 SF 1 6' 7" 205 27 3/16/91 6th season North Carolina
SF Brandon Ingram Brandon Ingram B. Ingram 14
83
#11 SF 2 6' 9" 190 21 9/2/97 3rd season Duke
PF Kyle Kuzma Kyle Kuzma K. Kuzma 0
81
#30 PF 1 6' 9" 220 23 7/24/95 2nd season Utah
PF Jemerrio Jones Jemerrio Jones J. Jones 10
67
2 6' 5" 174 Rookie New Mexico State
PF Johnathan Williams Johnathan Williams J. Williams 19
66
2 6' 9" 228 23 5/22/95 Rookie Gonzaga
PF Mike Muscala Mike Muscala M. Muscala 31
73
#59 PF 3 6' 11" 240 27 7/1/91 6th season Bucknell
PF Moritz Wagner Moritz Wagner M. Wagner 15
72
#82 PF 3 6' 11" 245 21 4/26/97 Rookie Michigan
PF Malik Pope Malik Pope M. Pope
67
C JaVale McGee JaVale McGee J. McGee 7
76
#52 C 1 7' 0" 270 30 1/19/88 11th season Nevada
C Tyson Chandler Tyson Chandler T. Chandler 5
76
#58 C 7' 1" 240 36 10/2/82 18th season

Top Questions Facing the Lakers Roster

1. Will Age Catch up to LeBron?

The one thing that is for certain is that LeBron has played quite a few minutes in this league. LeBron has always had the Robin to his Batman. This year, there is no clear-cut second option, meaning that LeBron will have to carry even more of the burden. In Cleveland and Miami, LeBron could be rested down the stretch because the team was either guaranteed a high seed or had other options. LeBron is going to have to log huge minutes once again. Looking at LeBron's numbers from last season, his numbers got stronger as the season wore on, which is inconsistent with the narrative of age catching up with him. If anything catches up with LeBron this year, it will be the lack of a supporting cast.

2. Who Else will Join LeBron?

After LeBron, the next highest paid player on the Lakers is Kentaveous Caldwell-Pope. This suggests that the Lakers have some room to add another top-shelf player to the team. The speculation in the offseason was over who would follow LeBron to L.A. The basketball world was shocked to see that there was nobody of note behind him as Kawhi Leonard went to Toronto. It is hard to imagine that the Lakers will stand pat after the coup of signing the greatest player of the generation. After Lakers amnestied Luol Deng, there is some room for the Lakers to add another player. Look for the Lakers to be active as the trading deadline nears.

3. Will the Defense Improve?

The Lakers were in the middle of the pack in the league in defense last season. While LeBron tends to improve the team's defense, the Lakers also have defensive liabilities such as Rajon Rondo and Brandon Ingram. The Lakers are also without a defensive stopper in the middle, and Javale McGee is hardly the answer. The Lakers are not in a position to improve their team defense which is a problem in the fast-paced Western Conference. LeBron is already being asked to do enough on the offensive side of the ball making it hard to carry the team on both ends.

4. Is Lonzo Ball Done?

Lonzo Ball arrived in a trail of hype last season as the second overall pick in the draft. He was heralded as the franchise savior and then proceeded to bomb as a rookie before getting hurt. Now, with James in town, he is being regarded as an afterthought. There are rumors that Ball has improved his jump shot. The question is how he will jel on the court with LeBron. Playing with the King brings its share of pressure, and it is an open question how the second-year player will handle it.