The 2022-2023 season may have been a bit more kind to the Los Angeles Lakers so far.LA’s start was not great, but after a while it was going strong, but superstar Anthony Davis injured his right leg in mid-December, and the situation was not the same.
The Lakers are currently 14-21 and 13th in the Western Conference, and the purple and gold situation shows no signs of getting better.
Bleacher Report’s Greg Swartz named LA as one of the most desperate teams in the NBA and offered some ideas on how to repair the team.
“Step 2: Add shots/improve shot selection: The Lakers rank last in 3-pointers made per game (10.2), and they are far behind in accuracy (33.5%). 26th and failed again, put enough floor spacers around James and Davis. I need to add some snipers to this roster.
Step 3: Wipe out the Russell Westbrook Experiment once and for all: Is Westbrook really good as a sixth man this season? Westbrook’s true shooting marks (48.5%) are the worst of his career His 3-point shot frequency has actually increased since last year (from 21.5% in 2021-22 to 29.1% of all shot attempts), and his 18.5% turnover rate is his 15-season high. The Lakers can let his contract expire this summer and use the extra cap space, but Westbrook’s expiring contract is one of the last trade assets the team has left. Los Angeles needs to move on from Westbrook and use his contract as the best option to match the money before the deadline. “
Step 1 of Swartz’s plan was to clarify Anthony Davis.
All of these steps are obvious and have been a point of contention surrounding the Lakers over the past two seasons.
The Lakers are an okay team at best right now, and without Davis, they look like a piece of garbage.
The 38-year-old veteran LeBron James is still playing at superstar level, but relying on him every night to do everything on the court is ridiculous.
Well Swartz is right. LA is hopeless. When James and Davis return, they have to do something. James hits the ground. Luckily for the front office, he won’t be able to request a trade this season.
The clock is ticking, the fans and James seem fed up with the team playing, and it’s only a matter of time before things get even uglier.