Jump to content




Photo

What is the 2013-14 Lakers ceiling?


  • Please log in to reply
40 replies to this topic

#1 Clutch Factor

Clutch Factor

    Starter

  • 5,376 posts
  • Joined: Jul 29, 2013
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:03 PM

Assuming we have the 2011-12 Steve Nash, 2011-12 Pau Gasol, Kobe being Kobe, the bench being productive, and the team as a whole playing some defense, how far can the Lakers go?

 

 



#2 zombeef

zombeef

    Rookie

  • 590 posts
  • Joined: Jul 27, 2012
  • Name:Daniel
  • Fan Since:1998
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bean Bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:09 PM

At our absolute best we're probably looking at...6th seed? 



#3 Massacre

Massacre

    yo

  • 5,459 posts
  • Joined: Jul 27, 2008
  • Location:Kalifornia
  • Fav. Laker:Yobe Bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:10 PM

Best case scenario: 2nd round exit.

Worst case: Miss playoffs.

We ain't doing [expletive]. I'd be amazed if we got past round 1.

Edited by Triple Ocho, August 07, 2013 - 08:11 PM.

iyjywo.jpg

#4 Ven

Ven

    Chemist

  • 3,002 posts
  • Joined: Apr 26, 2013
  • Fan Since:1994-5
  • Fav. Laker:Jack

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:14 PM

Well going by your set up I'd say WC Finals, you pretty much re-elevated Pau and Nash and optimistically put Kobe back to prime form. Plus assuming our bench will be consistent is just hard to imagine.

 

I honestly feel too many wild cards, from Kobe to Pau returning to center and playing along Kaman, Nash's age and health, plus Young's intangibles. If we made the 2nd round I'd be deeply grateful and proud of this roster and in particular the veterans such as Pau and Kobe for leading the way.



#5 reryo

reryo

    Rookie

  • 1,321 posts
  • Joined: Oct 21, 2012
  • Name:Lee
  • Fan Since:2006
  • Fav. Laker:Odom

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:28 PM

First or second round exit. And following the trend from the past two seasons, the team that knocks us out will eventually go on to the finals and lose to the Heat. 



#6 BasketballIQ

BasketballIQ

    All-Star

  • 6,865 posts
  • Joined: Dec 29, 2012
  • Name:2 Jordans and 2 Steves
  • Fav. Laker:24

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:29 PM

Title.

 

Kobe comes back strong. Pau and Nash stay healthy. Nick ,Wes,Jordan,Jordan,Meeks all play to their potential. Kaman and Blake play as good as they can while maintaining good health. Kobe plays mostly offense like Dirk in 2011. Hill and Wes Johnson prove to be valuable defensive commodities. Kobe and Nash and Pau and Kaman, can lock in late possessions.



#7 MrKnowItAll

MrKnowItAll

    Starter

  • 5,198 posts
  • Joined: Feb 29, 2012
  • Name:Yosif
  • Fan Since:I was born
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:31 PM

Championship.

#8 Majesty

Majesty

    Grats on making the Raiderettes cuzzo!!

  • 37,012 posts
  • Joined: Dec 11, 2011
  • Name:Jay
  • Fan Since:1987
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe present, Magic past

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:57 PM

Our ceiling?    Our ceiling is basically if everything goes perfect.

So basically for us to reach our ceiling the follow would have to happen

Kobe would have to return healthy
Nash would have to contribute 17/5 on a nightly basis
Gasol would have to play consistently well
Nick Young would finally be consistent and reach his potential
Wesley Johnson would finally be consistent offensively and defensively and reach his potential
Jordan Hill would remain healthy
Chris Kaman would grow his beard
Jodie Meeks would find a way to knock down a three consistently(at least 37%)
Blake would have to continue his play from last year
Farmar would have to become a 50/40/90 guy and have a breakout year spelling Nash's minutes
Sacre would have to perfect his dances
Harris would have to produce
Ryan Kelly would have to return healthy and a consistent deadly 3 point shooter
Team defense would have to be very good
Rambis' teachings would help us be from 10-14th in the league defensively
EVERYONE would have to remain healthy


If ALL of those things happen our ceiling is a 3rd or 4th seed with a chance in the Western Conference finals depending on who we play.
 


Edited by Majesty, August 07, 2013 - 09:00 PM.

Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic? - Robert Flores 


#9 Jody Smokes

Jody Smokes

    All-Star

  • 5,735 posts
  • Joined: Jun 01, 2013
  • Fan Since:2003
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:57 PM

You are banking on a lot of things that most likely aren't there.  Gasol and Nash from 2 whole years ago?

Assuming we have the 2011-12 Steve Nash, 2011-12 Pau Gasol, Kobe being Kobe, the bench being productive, and the team as a whole playing some defense, how far can the Lakers go?


"Blake and Parker are good at canceling each other out till our bench point guard comes in"  - Majesty aka Bird Ish (12/4/13)


#10 Clutch Factor

Clutch Factor

    Starter

  • 5,376 posts
  • Joined: Jul 29, 2013
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 08:59 PM

Chris Kaman grows his beard + Robert Sacre perfects his dances = Championship :cool2: 

 

Our ceiling?    Our ceiling is basically if everything goes perfect.

So basically for us to reach our ceiling the follow would have to happen

Kobe would have to return healthy
Nash would have to contribute 17/5 on a nightly basis
Gasol would have to play consistently well
Nick Young would finally be consistent and reach his potential
Wesley Johnson would finally be consistent offensively and defensively and reach his potential
Jordan Hill would remain healthy
Chris Kaman would grow his beard
Jodie Meeks would find a way to knock down a three consistently(at least 37%)
Blake would have to continue his play from last year
Farmar would have to become a 50/40/90 guy and have a breakout year spelling Nash's minutes
Sacre would have to perfect his dances
Harris would have to produce
Ryan Kelly would have to return healthy and a consistent deadly 3 point shooter
Team defense would have to be very good
Rambis' teachings would help us be from 10-14th in the league defensively
EVERYONE would have to remain healthy


If ALL of those things happen our ceiling is a 3rd or 4th seed with a chance at the Western Conference finals depending on who we play.
 



#11 Clutch Factor

Clutch Factor

    Starter

  • 5,376 posts
  • Joined: Jul 29, 2013
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 09:03 PM

You are banking on a lot of things that most likely aren't there.  Gasol and Nash from 2 whole years ago?

 

Gasol and Nash from two years ago actually isn't that far off. Gasol returns to his center position and hopefully is healthier after his surgeries. Nash is almost 100%. Playing with a nerve irritation in the hamstring is extremely difficult. And he was basically relegated to the three-point line anyways.

 

Basically, Pau Gasol averaging 17/10 and Steve Nash averaging 12/10 is very much possible.



#12 Mike D'Antoni

Mike D'Antoni

    Rookie

  • 1,120 posts
  • Joined: May 24, 2013
  • Name:Juan
  • Fan Since:1996
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 09:05 PM

Honestly I know every year it's basically championship or bust but id be content if they made it to the second round given everything that has happened.

#13 Wilfred

Wilfred

    Starter

  • 4,743 posts
  • Joined: Mar 22, 2012
  • Fan Since:1999
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 09:21 PM

Realistically - 40 wins



#14 Clutch Factor

Clutch Factor

    Starter

  • 5,376 posts
  • Joined: Jul 29, 2013
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe Bryant

Posted August 07, 2013 - 09:53 PM

Championship.

 

Well, you are "MrKnowItAll" after all. You must be absolutely right, sir. :D



#15 Julien

Julien

    Rookie

  • 988 posts
  • Joined: May 18, 2013
  • Fan Since:Showtime
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe

Posted August 07, 2013 - 10:09 PM

Our ceiling? Our ceiling is basically if everything goes perfect.

So basically for us to reach our ceiling the follow would have to happen

Kobe would have to return healthy
Nash would have to contribute 17/5 on a nightly basis
Gasol would have to play consistently well
Nick Young would finally be consistent and reach his potential
Wesley Johnson would finally be consistent offensively and defensively and reach his potential
Jordan Hill would remain healthy
Chris Kaman would grow his beard
Jodie Meeks would find a way to knock down a three consistently(at least 37%)
Blake would have to continue his play from last year
Farmar would have to become a 50/40/90 guy and have a breakout year spelling Nash's minutes
Sacre would have to perfect his dances
Harris would have to produce
Ryan Kelly would have to return healthy and a consistent deadly 3 point shooter
Team defense would have to be very good
Rambis' teachings would help us be from 10-14th in the league defensively
EVERYONE would have to remain healthy


If ALL of those things happen our ceiling is a 3rd or 4th seed with a chance in the Western Conference finals depending on who we play.

Ryan Kelly would also grow his hair to look like 2011 Dirk.

Edited by Julien, August 07, 2013 - 10:09 PM.


#16 DanishLakerFan

DanishLakerFan

    Starter

  • 4,474 posts
  • Joined: May 27, 2011
  • Fan Since:1998
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe

Posted August 08, 2013 - 12:08 AM

Everything depends on whether Kobe plays or not.

If he does and if Nash and Pau can play a season without being injured and we get the expected production out of our bench, perhaps with one guy being better than expected and another guy waived, i think we could make the playoffs.

 

LAC, GS, Hou, NO, MIN and Portland will be better this year.

SA, Mem, OKC, Denver and Dallas will be the same.

Only the Kings, Suns and Jazz are bona fide lottery teams.

 

Our ceiling: based on talent alone, i think we could make a run. In the real world, where having talent isnt enough (Demarcus Cousins) i think it'll be difficult, unless we make som mid-season changes.


Edited by DanishLakerFan, August 08, 2013 - 12:13 AM.


#17 Bynumite17

Bynumite17

    Huh?

  • 6,327 posts
  • Joined: Jan 31, 2009

Posted August 08, 2013 - 12:20 AM

We're underrating this team soooo much. We have a lot of [expletive]ing talent.

Posted Image


#18 Tensai

Tensai

    █▄█▄█ █ █▀█

  • 3,118 posts
  • Joined: Sep 19, 2010

Posted August 08, 2013 - 12:22 AM

Best case scenario: 55-27 in regular season, 4-seed and championship.

Worst case scenario: 47-25 in regular season, 8-seed and 1st round exit.

 

My prediction: 51-31, 6-seed and WCF. The rest of the way is a bit of luck.



#19 DanishLakerFan

DanishLakerFan

    Starter

  • 4,474 posts
  • Joined: May 27, 2011
  • Fan Since:1998
  • Fav. Laker:Kobe

Posted August 08, 2013 - 12:30 AM

We're underrating this team soooo much. We have a lot of [expletive]ing talent.

Everyone underrates this team. ESPNs odds give the Lakers 1-100 and Dallas 1-40 chance of winning.

 

But there are a lot of IFs this season.



#20 fido

fido

    Analyst, Moderator, Insomniac

  • 10,907 posts
  • Joined: Aug 01, 2008
  • Location:Costa Mesa, CA
  • Name:Andy
  • Fan Since:1982
  • Fav. Laker:Magic Johnson

Posted August 08, 2013 - 09:35 AM

45 wins, 7th or 8th seed.

 

First round exit.






0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users