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Why the Lakers Will be Contenders Once Again
When anybody thinks about the Los Angeles Lakers many names may come to mind such as: Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O'Neil, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabaar, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor (just to name a few). The Lakers have always had great players who were able to lead their team to championships, so it's fans are used to winning, and in the past few years the team has been rather frustrating to watch. However, this young Lakers team has a very bright future.
With the acquisition of Rob Pelinka as general manager, Magic Johnson as president of basketball operations, and Luke Walton as head coach, the Lakers are well-equipped to properly develop it's young core of talented players into another dynasty. Pelinka, who has formerly represented players such as Kobe Bryant, Kevin Durant ,and Andre Drummond, knows the business aspect of Basketball better than anybody else in the NBA. Magic, who is known for his charming personality, unbelievable work ethic, and tremendous success as a businessman, will undoubtedly attract big name free agents in the upcoming years. Luke Walton, a young and talented head coach, is precisely who the team needs. With his love of the pick and roll, Walton is the ideal modern NBA head coach for any young team.
Now let's take a look at the team itself. The Lakers have done a fantastic job of drafting very promising players in recent years such as Julius Randle, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball. Each of these players have all star potential as long as they put in the work. Randle is the ideal modern NBA big man, very quick for his size, an excellent passer/ball handler, and may become the ultimate roll player any NBA team would love to have. Brandon Ingram is also extremely versatile, being described as a position-less player, he can pass well, defend multiple positions, and will likely develop into an elite all around player once he becomes more comfortable in the league. Lonzo Ball is who the entire league is excited for, Ball is a pass-first point guard who makes everybody around him better. Although Ball has many doubters who don't think his game will translate well to the NBA level, i believe that within the next 5 seasons we'll see him lead the league in assists per game. Besides these future stars, the team also has a few guys who will develop into excellent role players. We have Larry Nance Jr (an extremely athletic big man with an all around game), Jordan Clarkson (a talented scoring combo guard), Ivica Zubac ( a low post big man with a very soft touch around the rim), and Kyle Kuzma ( the biggest surprise of this years draft). Given the Lakers current situation, the team really only needs a few more pieces to be in the playoffs again.
The Lakers new management has been making all the right moves in clearing cap space and drafting nice players, and NBA fans shouldn't be surprised at all if they win another ring within the next 5 years.
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© 2017 Christopher Bach