For Anthony Davis' blockbuster trade, the return of Kyle Kuzma and the addition of DeMarcus Cousins will give the Lakers a stronger front line, where Davis will share James' scoring pressure and organizational load. Get James and Davis into the pick-and-roll, pass the ball with those shooters (who will also work hard on the other end) and let the effect happen. Danny Green is a good shooter.
"There is no doubt that this is a more powerful The team is more suitable for LeBron," a league executive said.
"They started a lot of preparations last season," a scout said. "If they stay healthy, they nowThere is a playoff lineup. "
"They added Anthony Davis; if they did nothing, they would be better," said another league executive.
The scouts believe that a key factor is health. Although Davis has been in the past three seasons Major injuries were avoided, but his injury history is terrible. He only played in 56 games last season. Due to his trading needs, he skipped countless games in the second half of the season in a quasi-exile manner. James In the 2017-18 season, he played 82 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers, but last season, he truce due to a groin injury. So in the new season, the Lakers must pay special attention to health issues.
If any player suffers another major injury If you are sick, the player’s room for making mistakes on the court may quickly shrink. "Kuzma will need to prove that he can be a reliable third scoring option," a Western Conference scout said. "Because AD and LeBron may miss the game, most of them are now people with old injuries. . Kuzma sometimes has to bear the burden."
James is famous for his passing ability, for him in the gameEverything provided on the court often outsources energy-consuming duties, such as guarding larger players. Defend the opponent’s main scorer or bring the ball to the court throughout the game. Because of his age, last season was the worst defensive season in James' career.
When the Lakers have their most talented lineup , This may make James a point guard, which will create another defensive challenge. All of this means that the coach has to bear the additional burden of managing the lineup and tasks, especially at the beginning of the season. This means that even with the influx of talents, the new coach Frank Vogel may have to adjust the coordination between players under the microscope.