Why The Lakers Won't Be As Good As You Think

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Why The Lakers Won’t Be As Good As You Think


The moment the Lakers landed Anthony Davis, they immediately became title favourites.

But that was a reach.

They’re just not going to be as amazing as everything thinks.

Here’s why:

Rob Pelinka has no idea what he’s doing

Here’s a question for Lakers GM Rob Pelinka:

Who the hell were you competing against for Davis?

The Celtics couldn’t risk trading Jayson Tatum once they realised Kyrie Irving was bouncing and the Knicks never had the pieces get a deal done.

Who else was out there??

Instead of playing it cool, the Lakers panicked and began furiously bidding against themselves.

I guess that’s what happens when one GM has 26 years of front office experience and the other is Kobe Bryant’s old agent.

This is a guy who wasted $9 million in cap space through sheer incompetence.

And yes, Pelinka technically landed LeBron and Davis, but those guys forced their way there themselves.

They gave up more than they had to in the Anthony Davis trade

The Lakers got their guy, but it remains unclear why they gave up as much as they did.

Consider this:

To get Jimmy Butler, all Philadelphia had to give up was Dario Saric and Robert Covington.

To get Kyrie Irving, all Boston had to give up was Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder and the pick that became Collin Sexton.

To get Kawhi Leonard, all Toronto really had to give up was DeMar DeRozan.

The list of superstars who were traded for comparatively little goes on forever.

It’s common knowledge that trading a superstar only nets you about 40 cents on the dollar.

And yet, to get Anthony Davis, the Lakers gave up a pair of 21-year-old number two picks in Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram, as well as Josh Hart and three first rounders.

Now the Lakers have a grand total of three contracted players that you’ve actually heard of.

That’s not exactly the kind of depth you’d be looking for after acquiring a star who gets injured every second week.

They have minimal cap space to sign more players

$24 million to be precise.

For context, Marc Gasol, Nicolas Batum and Harrison Barnes all earned $24 million on their own last season.

Considering the Lakers still need five more difference-makers if they want a legitimate eight-man playoff rotation, $24 million isn’t much at all (even when you factor in the buyout market probably being kind to them and James Jones undoubtedly hooking LeBron up with whoever he can).

LeBron James is pushing 35 

Last season, LeBron looked mortal for the first time.

And while playing two less months of basketball will undoubtedly help going into next season, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the LeBron he once was.

James has played at or near his peak for so long that everyone simply expects it every year.

But Father Time is a stubborn old bastard and at some point LeBron will drop off.

And from what we saw last season, we might’ve reached that point already.

Anthony Davis is the most injury prone man alive

Anthony Davis has injured himself more frequently than anyone in recent history.

Davis, whose bones are presumably made of paper mache, has suffered more than 40 injuries across his seven-year career.

That’s almost six per season.

Not many people realise the full extent of his injury problems because not many people pay any attention to the Pelicans.

But you can take this to the bank: Davis will go down at least three times next season.

And then what?

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