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The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the greatest franchises in all of sports, having won a decorated 16 NBA championships and dominating the NBA in multiple different eras. But since the 2012-2013 season, the team has not made the playoffs, which is a drought that has gone on too long for most diehard Laker basketball enthusiasts.
They’ve been plain up awful, with three 14th place finishes in the Western Conference and one 15th place finish in the conference. They’ve built up a whopping 91-237 win-loss record in those four seasons. That’s simply not Laker basketball and when Magic Johnson fired Jim Buss and Mitch Kupchak and cleaned the staff of their era, he began to find out what was going to help make the Lakers great once again in the NBA. The Lakers finished out the year of the tank with 26 wins and drew the #2 overall selection in the NBA Draft for the third season in a row.
Johnson traded former 2015 #2 pick D’Angelo Russell and an overpaid Timofey Mozgov to the Nets for another first round pick and all-star caliber center Brook Lopez. He then used his big #2 overall pick on UCLA guard Lonzo Ball who has star potential and makes his teammates better with his skills. Magic is saving his chips for the big 2018 offseason in which Lakers fans suspect that he would chase a star like LeBron James, and Paul George, or maybe both. The team recently signed former Pistons guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to a 1 year/$18 million dollar contract as a rental and potentially more if he plays well. But now it’s bold prediction time, as here are five bold predictions on the 2017-2018 Los Angeles Lakers season.
1. Lonzo Ball will win the 2017 NBA Rookie of the Year Award.
This is probably not as much as a bold prediction as it is more of a common prediction among analysts. Ball is shining in Summer League ball and even though it’s only the Summer League, he is showcasing so much potential as a leader on the court. Ball will likely be the starter at point guard on Opening Night in October for the Lake Show and he will show out all season.
Projected Statline: 13.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, 8.2 assists, 1.2 steals, 0.7 blocks.
2. The Lakers opening night starting lineup will be…
PG Lonzo Ball
SG Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
SF Brandon Ingram
PF Julius Randle
C Brook Lopez
3. The Lakers will have one player on the All-Star team.
Yes, we already discussed this player earlier for my Rookie of the Year prediction but Lonzo Ball should make the Western All-Star team as a bench selection. It comes as a result of both his performance and popularity among fans and more.
4. The Lakers will have a better overall record than the cross locker room Clippers.
With the Clippers cleaning house with the trading of point guard CP3, expect them to struggle and be on the verge of missing the playoffs this season. The Lakers will finally have a better record than the Clippers. I think the Lakers will finish the regular season 42-40 and the Clippers will finish it at 41-41.
5. The Lakers will be the 8th overall seed in the Western Conference Playoffs but…
Yes, I’m making the bold call of agreeing with LaVar Ball and thinking that the Lakers will make the playoffs this season in the West in what will be one of the most shocking success stories in the league. They will be the 8th overall seed in the West, but sometimes a good thing comes with a bad thing. And that bad thing so happens to be that the 8th seed in the West likely has a first round series with the defending NBA Champion and super team Golden State Warriors. Sorry Lakers fans, the Lakers aren’t quite ready to dethrone the Warriors as the kings of California basketball yet.
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@TB24Gaming. I hope you enjoyed! Thanks for reading!