NBA 2020-21 Preview: LA Lakers Season Prediction, New Additions, Starting 5, Players Salaries, News; All you want to know before the new NBA season
The reigning NBA champions LA Lakers immediately revamped their roster for their title defense. They had one of the best offseasons. After players like Rajon Rondo and Dwight Howard left, they signed Dennis Schroder and Montrezl Harrell.
The Lakers begin their title defense on the opening night against their rivals, LA Clippers.
NBA Preview: LA Lakers 2019-20 season
The LA Lakers won the NBA Championship in the last season. The celebration of the franchise’s 17th championship took place inside a sealed-off arena in Orlando because of the coronavirus pandemic, but that was the only surprising part of the title run.
Otherwise, the Lakers had too much LeBron James and Anthony Davis for anyone to handle in the revamped playoffs. The two superstars stayed healthy, first and foremost, and delivered the high-level performances everyone expected of them.
Along with a solid supporting cast and the defense-first philosophy demanded by coach Frank Vogel, the Lakers enjoyed a triumphant return to glory months after the tragic death of Kobe Bryant.
NBA 2020-21 Preview: LA Lakers 2020-21 season
Usually, championship teams seldom change much from one year to the next because there is an inclination in sports to run it back.
Although the LA Lakers roster was always built on versatility and the club allowed only short-term contracts to the supporting cast to enable L.A. to upgrade if necessary. Hence, the Lakers let go of JaVale McGee, Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, and Danny Green.
They brought in Montrezl Harrell, Dennis Schroder, Marc Gasol, and Wesley Matthews. By almost every metric, the Lakers improved their shooting (Matthews), creativity (Schroder), floor spacing (Gasol), and pick-and-roll presence (Harrell).
NBA 2020-21 Preview: LA Lakers potential starting 5 players
LeBron James | 25.3 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 10.2 apg
The game’s greatest active player defies age while building a GOAT case.
Anthony Davis | 26.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.3 bpg
His impact at both ends is steep and unreachable by anyone except Giannis Antetokounmpo.
Dennis Schroder | 18.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 4.0 apg
An elite finisher at the rim and a solid creator will reduce LeBron’s ball dependency.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope | 9.3 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 1.6 apg
The aggressive combo guard had big moments under pressure in the NBA Finals.
Marc Gasol | 7.5 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.3 apg
Coming off his worst season but can still space the floor, pass from the high post and defend bigs.