The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the worst teams in the NBA, but fear not Laker fans that’s actually a good thing.
It’s been a tough few years for Lakers Nation. Cast into the barren playoff-less wilderness, time has not been too good for the storied franchise since the highly publicised Steve Nash trade.
Since Mike D’Antoni’s failure to unite Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and Dwight Howard in an uber-emphatic triumvirate of marquee talent, the Lakers have descended into a mediocrity that was once alien to LA’s Purp & Yellow. D’Antoni was relieved of his duties, Dwight headed for Houston and Steve Nash has retired, all punctuated by Kobe Bryant’s health issues.
Simply put, it’s been a tumultuous period for Los Lakers.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel. After 2014’s horror showing of 27-55, they have somehow eclipsed that unwarranted record and set a franchise first of 56 losses with six games to go.
A horrific injury to rookie Julius Randle, in addition to Kobe Bryant playing just 25% (41) of all games over the past two seasons means the Lakers have been terrible. However, that may turn out to be a good thing.
If the Lakers continue their woeful performances, which seems likely given the dearth of experience and talent in the current roster, they will be on track to finish with the fourth-worst record in the NBA, giving them an 83% probability of keeping their 2015 Draft first-round pick. College stars such as Jahlil Okafor and Karl Anthony-Towns could be within their reach.
Okafor, based on his performances for national champions Duke University, would be the prized possession.
The Lakers will also have roughly $30 million of cap space with which to vastly improve their armoury. However, this all depends on the Lakers continuing to lose and sealing one of the worst finishes in the NBA.
The Lakers franchise is one of the most competitive and proud in the NBA, and although tanking (i.e. losing on purpose) would make a lot of sense, Byron Scott has refused to encourage his roster to do so. This is the Lakers after all; winners of sixteen NBA titles, home to ‘showtime’ basketball, and alma mater of basketball scholars such as Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Losing is not an option.
With six games to go, the Lakers find themselves between a rock and a draft place. This side will give their all, but luckily for Lakers fans this won’t be enough. LA will continue to lose, ultimately aiding their eagerly anticipated return to the top of the NBA.
2015/16 won’t be a championship season for Jim Buss and all at the Lakers, but it definitely will signal their return. This writer speaks for all Lakers fans, when he says “Beat LA”.