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Evaluating the Los Angeles Lakers Roster for 2020-21

| December 7, 2020 6:39 am PDT
Los Angeles Lakers Roster Analysis for the 2020-21 NBA Season

The rest of the NBA is on notice. A roster that won the title in October not only comes back replenished – but in the eyes of most – significantly upgraded.

Most importantly, the pieces that were added will be surrounded by two of the top-5 players in basketball. LeBron James inked his mega two-year extension, and Anthony Davis signed his five-year deal worth $190 million.

Here’s a Los Angeles Lakers roster analysis so you can see how much balance was added in La La Land.

LA Lakers Roster for 2020-21

  • Key Additions: Montrezl Harrel, Dennis Shroder, Marc Gasol, Wesley Matthews 
  • Key Losses: Rajon Rondo, Dwight Howard, Danny Green, JaVale McGee, Avery Bradley
Likely Starting 5
  • PG – LeBron James
  • SG – Wesley Matthews
  • SF – Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • PF – Anthony Davis
  • C – Marc Gasol

Frank Vogel and the Lakers coaching staff have all sorts of options. For “starters,” newcomer Dennis Schroder has made his intentions clear that he wants to be a starter in LA.

While it’s entirely possible Shroder’s a starter, I’m not sure Vogel wants to mess with a starting unit that flourished with LeBron running the point. Plus, Shroder’s ability to provide instant offense (18.9 ppg as a reserve last season with the Thunder) off the bench will be much needed.

KCP started all 21 games for the Lakers in the playoffs, so pencil him in alongside LeBron and AD. New arrivals Wesley Matthews and Marc Gasol replace Danny Green and Dwight Howard/ JaVale McGee.

Five Crucial Reserves

  • Montrezl Harrell
  • Dennis Schroder
  • Kyle Kuzma
  • Markieff Morris
  • Alex Caruso

Last year’s 6th Man of the Year chose to stay in Los Angeles, although his switch to the Purple and Gold was centered around feeling unwanted by the Clips.

“This is the team that wanted me…I’m really blessed to be here.”

Montrezl Harrell will anchor what could be one of the best benches in the NBA, given the balance of skillsets. We saw Alex Caruso emerge as a reliable asset in the bubble, while Kyle Kuzma and Markieff Morris are proven commodities who could both start on a handful of teams.

Best Players at the Lakers

  • LeBron James
  • Anthony Davis

LeBron James is the leader and most important player on the Lakers. In my opinion, he’s the best basketball player of all-time. With that being said, it’s hard to ignore the guy who led the Lake Show in points, rebounds, steals, blocks, and PER (player efficiency rating) in 2019-20.

We saw Anthony Davis completely take over a game and dominate both ends of the floor on numerous occasions. The level and effectiveness at which LeBron is playing at entering his 18th year in the league is something we’ve never seen.

Rather than pick between these two superstars, let’s just appreciate both.

The X-Factor – Montrezl Harrell

One of the main reasons the Clippers struggled in Disney was the lack of firepower that Montrezl Harrel provided. Harrell was dealing with some personal matters that forced him to miss some time, but it was obvious he never got on the same page with his teammates in the playoffs.

The question is, which version of Montrezl will we see with the Lakers in 2020-21?

Will it be the consistent performer who averaged 18.6 ppg and 7.1 rbg during the regular season, or will it be the disgruntled bench player who contributed just 10.5 ppg and 2.9 rbg in the postseason?

If it’s the former, this team will be awfully tough to beat.

Final Assessment of the Los Angeles Lakers Roster 

The Los Angeles Lakers are loaded from top to bottom. The best duo in the Association won the title last year with a sketchy supporting cast – I’m really intrigued to see what they can do with an arsenal full of weapons.

If the Lakers coaching staff can form cohesion off the bat, the other 29 teams are in a heap of trouble.

Michael Wynn
Michael Wynn

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