After winning their first championships in a decade, the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to repeat this season and have done everything in their power to improve their roster and make another run at the title. The core players in their team stayed on more extended contracts, but they’ve changed their roster in terms of players coming from the bench, and everyone agrees they actually improved in that manner.
In a recent interview for Fubo Sports, former NBA player Gilbert Arenas broke down their moves in the offseason and thinks they are a more dangerous team than the last season when they’ve won it all. According to Arenas, their most significant move on the guard position was signing Dennis Schröder. He is an excellent fit for them because he can create a shot for himself and others, which is a trait the Lakers were missing last season when AD and LeBron weren’t on the court.
You got Dennis. That was one thing they needed last year. They needed a guy in the last five minutes that can get his own basket, which was the LakersLakers ’em for the most part. You have LeBron and AD, and from there, everyone relied on them to get them open. They got a bunch of ball watchers just sitting in the corners. Now you have someone who can actually get his own shot, which takes eyes from everyone else.Gilbert Arenas, via Fubo Sports
The Lakers lost JaVale McGee and Dwight Howard in the free agency; however, they made a surprising move by acquiring Montrezl Harrell, who will play at the four and five position. Arenas made a great assessment saying the Lakers are extremely big even when they play small ball because they can put Davis at the power forward while Harrell is comfortable playing the center. That option gives him a lot of versatility, especially when LeBron is in that lineup.
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Signing Marc Gasol gives them another big body in the pain that will potentially replace Dwight Howard, but another hand, Gasol is more gifted on offense. He can create shots for himself and others and is a capable passer. Arenas say Howard brought athleticism for the Lakers, but some of the things Gasol can do are equally valuable.
You lose Dwight Howard, but you get Marc Gasol. He’s a scorer, does play defense but not that athletic, but he knows how to occupy that paint. It’s lIt’shaving an older Jokic. I can’t tell which one is better, but you didn’t trade because you lose athleticism, but you gain a half-court player who can make great decisions. It’s different types of players, but and they are both good at what they do.Gilbert Arenas, via Fubo Sports
The essential thing for the Lakers’ success in the upcoming season will be related to having a healthy LeBron and AD; however, other role players will need to step up if they want to have the same type of success. The Lakers front office really did an outstanding job in the free agency, and now the next step for the coaching staff will be to make those pieces work as a unit, and then only the sky is the limit for this squad that has the potential to repeat.