It might be time for the Los Angeles Lakers to throw the towel in on their season. On Sunday, the Lakers suffered their biggest loss in franchise history. The worst part? It came against one of the worst teams in the league. A 49 point loss is inexcusable, especially to this year’s Mavericks’ team.
The Lakers are well on their way to surpassing the 17 win mark achieved last year, which shows improvement. The problem however is that Nick Young and Lou Williams’ stellar play led to those wins. The young Lakers core contributed but on an inconsistent basis. Ingram has yet to show anything but flashes of potential, while Randle, Clarkson, and Russell continue to be porous on defense and too inconsistent on offense to make up for it.
Russell being out on Sunday’s game was no excuse for a whopping 49-point loss. The Lakers lacked energy and effort, something that a team full of young players should never lack. It was as Luke stated an embarrassment.
The Lakers are miraculously only 4.5 games out of the playoffs. However, it is wishful thinking to believe that they will snatch the eighth seed. I strongly believe the Lakers can turn their season around and reach the 30-win mark. My only concern is who will carry us to those wins. It is hard to be happy for a Lakers win when our young core struggles mightily.
The Lakers are the third worst team in the league, and at that rate they would have a 46.9% chance of winning the lottery. In addition, I think the Lakers would do well to trade Young or Williams if not both. Both players have played well this season, which is why we should trade them now while their stock is high. Young and Williams tend to play in the fourth quarter and take closing shots, which stunts the growth of the young core. With playoffs essentially out of the picture, it is only right that we tank for a lottery pick and see what draft picks we can acquire on the open market. In addition, the extra playing time and late game opportunities for our young core will be valuable for their growth.
As for our offseason additions, the four-year contracts are looking worse and worse. Mozgov has been horrible as of late. Trading him would be near impossible. Deng is playing better than he was at the start of the season, and I like to believe he is a good locker room vet for the youngsters. It is only right we keep him unless a good offer for him is presented.
The 49-point blowout loss to a bad Mavericks team has to be a wake up call for management. I still believe that the Lakers future is bright, and that this season was a step forward. Getting picks through trades, and keeping our draft pick should be our main priorities once 17 wins has been surpassed