LeBron James is in Los Angeles and the expectations of the Los Angeles Lakers are high, though they never make the second elite player mate with James.
Paul George could still be with the Thunder and Kawhi Leonard disapproving of being a Raptor, but that did not stop the Lakers from finishing fourth in Bovada's last NBA title quota. That might be influenced by some Lakers fans who like to bet on the best-looking team they've had in years, but there's still a lot to like in a team with LeBron James and a solid group of young players.
However, some rivals are reportedly still not fully sold. In a report by Eric Pincus of Bleacher Report, two NBA executives throw some cold water on expectations for the Lakers:
"I do not think the Lakers make the playoffs," said a rival to the Western Conference who shared the experience of her talent outside of James.
"James has been defending himself over and over again in recent years and now he will be completing games like the Lakers 5?" Asked another skeptical leader. "Draymond [Green] is why that works for the Warriors."
Will the Lakers make the playoffs next year?
There's really no way to say that for sure. The arrival of LeBron James led to direct final wins for the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers, but the Heat also added Chris Bosh, while the Cavs brought Kevin Love. There is no additional superstar joining James, nor is there a Dwyane Wade or Kyrie Irving waiting for the Lakers who went 35-47 last year.
With James, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson and JaVale McGee coming to LA and other players Julius Randle went elsewhere, the Lakers are likely to need something for a 10-win improvement to make the playoffs. This sounds far from impossible, but you never know what could go wrong with a team that will drastically change its internal processes.
What are the Lakers planning with LeBron James?
What the Lakers Are Planning Part of the story of Pincus is quite remarkable: A Lakers version of the well-known Warriors death lineup featuring James, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart, and Kyle Kuzma.
"We may not see this on the first day, but the coaching staff is eager to see our version of the [Warriors’] death row with Lonzo [Ball] Josh Hart, Brandon Ingram, [Kyle] Kuzma and LeBron," said a second Lakers manager
This is a group of five players between 6-foot-5 and 6-foot-9, and all this brings some kind of danger in attack (some more than others). In the offensive, the defense would constantly move, and James would anchor the center.
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How bad would the playoffs be for the Lakers?
The absence of the playoffs would be disappointing and signify the end of James' much-praised NBA final series, but the good news James has signed for four years. This is not a wait-and-go business where LeBron can easily go if he does not like the way it does in the early stages. And James seems to understand that patience could benefit in the long run in the next season, according to this quote from USA Today:
James believes the Lakers are in position – with some of the players they have now – around building a team can soon fight for a championship. In addition, James did not insist that another All-Star, like Kawhi Leonard or Paul George, join the Lakers to sign with the Lakers. He understands that they can build a candidate there and make a candidate.