As Lakers media day is set for tomorrow and training camp to follow soon after, that means the new season is almost upon us. It should be a compelling one as the Los Angeles Lakers have a new coaching staff as well as new players. What will the Lakers do in the 2019-2020 season? Well, that’s a good question. Let’s take a dive in.
First, lets start with the coach and staff. New coach Frank Vogel heads into the new season with Jason Kidd, Lionel Hollins, Phil Handy, Miles Simon, Mike Penberthy and Quinton Crawford as his assistant coaches. Vogel will be tasked with putting a lot of new guys on the roster together and implement an offense revolved around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Coach Vogel has a great defensive mind, but his work will be cut out for him and his staff on the offensive end. Last season, the Lakers struggled on 3-point shooting as they were near the bottom of the league and ranked 29th in that particular category. The Lakers did add shooting, but we’ll have to wait and see how that pans out as the season progresses.
The biggest move this off-season was the trade for Anthony Davis, who is arguably a top 5 player in the league. Combine his talents with LeBron James and that instantly makes the Lakers a contender in the NBA. Another notable acquisition was Danny Green, who just this past summer, won a championship with the Toronto Raptors. The Lakers also signed DeMarcus Cousins, but unfortunately he hurt himself and tore his ACL. In his replacement, the Lakers signed Dwight Howard who will be in his second stint with the franchise. This was an interesting signing to say the least since his first go around with the Lakers wasn’t well perceived by fans. With the Lakers struggles in 3-point shooting last season, the team added some much needed shooting with Danny Green, Quinn Cook, and Troy Daniels. We can’t forget Kyle Kuzma as he will try to continue his good shooting and possibly be that third option on offense.
There’s going to be some questions as to whether or not the Lakers can build some chemistry quickly, especially with a lot of newcomers. Most of the added pieces are already veterans that have been in the league, so it might be a quicker transition. The Western Conference is always tough, and this upcoming season is no different. The Clippers have garnered much attention with the addition of Kawhi Leonard and Paul George to an already good and established team. Russell Westbrook and James Harden are now on the Rockets. Dame Lillard and Blazers are always a tough out. We can’t forget the Warriors, who have now added more offensive power with D’Angelo Russell. The West is definitely not going to be a cake walk.
We looked at the schedule and it’s going to be a tough one. In order for the Lakers to make the playoffs, they’re going to have to find some cohesion early and quickly. We dissected every game on the schedule, and we have the Lakers finishing with 50 wins and 32 losses. Of course, this is barring any major injuries to their superstars in Davis or James. Fans will be excited to see how the team will play and so are we. So, let the games begin!