2017-18 NBA Season Wins: 32.5 for Lonzo’s Lakers?

The Los Angeles Lakers‘ 2017-18 roster features self-promoting, young and exciting talent. Under the direction of head coach Luke Walton, president of basketball operations Earvin Johnson and general manager Rob Pelinka this year’s team will be a much better version of last season’s youth.

Lonzo Ball, the No #2 overall pick in this summers Draft, missed the majority of the Lakers’ preseason action with an ankle injury. According to NBA.com “after Monday’s practice, Ball made it clear he plans to play in the team’s season-opener on Thursday (10:30 ET, TNT) against the LA Clippers.”

The Lakers entered September training camp with a full roster including 15 full time players.  The front office also filled on of the two-way contracts.

LA Lakers Roster
Julius Randle F
Larry Nance Jr. F
Brook Lopez C
Corey Brewer F-G
Luol Deng F
Ivica Zubac C
Jordan Clarkson G
Brandon Ingram F
Lonzo Ball G
Kyle Kuzma F
Josh Hart G
Caldwell-Pope G
Tyler Ennis G
Thomas Bryant C
Vander Blue G
Briante Weber G
Andrew Bogut C
Travis Wear F

Most noteworthy to not just Ball’s health is the expectation that he will be the clubs starting point guard to begin the season. Along side Ball will be Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Brandon Ingram is expected to start at small forward, with Julius Randle and Brook Lopez completing the front court and starting five.

But it is a lot to ask of a team led by a rookie who will be defensively challenged to energize a pedestrian roster into improving a half dozen games on last year’s team win total. Ball has the offensive point guard skills to keep the arena filled for most of the season but an injury to any of their starting five and the current roster is in jeopardy of being nothing more than a sideshow on a nightly basis. Lopez has a history of of missing long periods of time in season and Walton’s forte is not coaching up his squads defensive prowess.
WestGate’s NBA Regular Season Wins for the 2017-18 campaign updates:

2017-18 NBA Season Wins: 32.5 for Lonzo’s Lakers?

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