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#1 DanishLakerFan

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Posted May 16, 2017 - 07:57 PM

So happy we kept the pick and even got our 2019 pick back as well. Without a 2018 pick the tanking era with the Los Angeles Lakers is officially over. I think this deserves its own thread (which will be locked soon). I dont care.

 

 


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Posted May 16, 2017 - 09:44 PM

With Lonzo Ball heading the offense I see no scenario where we end up bottom 3 next year. 



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Posted May 16, 2017 - 10:44 PM

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Posted May 17, 2017 - 12:45 AM

Doubt it. Unless a superstar comes over, we're going to be a lottery team for years to come.

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Posted May 17, 2017 - 01:15 AM

Doubt it. Unless a superstar comes over, we're going to be a lottery team for years to come.

Unfortunately you may be right. I do think we will do well over the next 2 years in free agency though. I also think we have bottomed out though. We will definitely see improvement 


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 04:00 AM

Doubt it. Unless a superstar comes over, we're going to be a lottery team for years to come.

 

Maybe.  But with no 1st round pick next year, there is no reason to do anything other than try and win every night out.

 

Without the possibility of a top pick in the back (or front) of everyone's minds, the on court production will hopefully improve. (Just look at Brooklyn  ;). ) 

 

Plus, the talent level will the best it's been in a while. 

 

Just missing the play-offs doesn't mean you are tanking. 


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 05:27 AM

^Yup.



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Posted May 17, 2017 - 06:22 AM

Maybe.  But with no 1st round pick next year, there is no reason to do anything other than try and win every night out.

 

Without the possibility of a top pick in the back (or front) of everyone's minds, the on court production will hopefully improve. (Just look at Brooklyn  ;). ) 

 

Plus, the talent level will the best it's been in a while. 

 

Just missing the play-offs doesn't mean you are tanking. 

 

Which we honestly didn't do the last couple of seasons. We cannot lie the prospect of getting  a top 3 pick did influence our wins and loses this season. I believe we could have won 5-7 more games without that. 


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 06:36 AM

We survived the tank.



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Posted May 17, 2017 - 06:41 AM

Which we honestly didn't do the last couple of seasons. We cannot lie the prospect of getting  a top 3 pick did influence our wins and loses this season. I believe we could have won 5-7 more games without that. 

 

Yep.


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 06:42 AM

We survived the tank.

 

James Garner's family should be courtside on opening night. 


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 10:06 AM

A part of me wants Ainge to draft Lonzo just to see the look on LaVar's face.


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 10:27 AM

Maybe. But with no 1st round pick next year, there is no reason to do anything other than try and win every night out.

Without the possibility of a top pick in the back (or front) of everyone's minds, the on court production will hopefully improve. (Just look at Brooklyn ;). )

Plus, the talent level will the best it's been in a while.

Just missing the play-offs doesn't mean you are tanking.


But we wont be 'just' missing the playoffs. To sniff the playoffs in the west means that the team has to have two things:

1. Capability of playing defense on the opposing team.

2. All-stars to carry the team.

We have neither. Just a bunch of young guys with potential that we probably wont see for at least another 2 years. We likely wont be sniffing top 3 anymore (please god), but we'll be in the mix for a top 10 pick in 2019.

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Posted May 17, 2017 - 10:50 AM

Lonzo Ball has always made his teammates play way better (see UCLA going from 15-17 last season to their record now). He will undoubtedly make Russell and Ingram more effective. I could see us having a 30 win season if we stay healthy for sure. And 40 wins in 2 years if Ball grows at the rate I expect him to. I think if we draft him he'll be the best young prospect we've had since a young Kobe. 



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Posted May 17, 2017 - 11:00 AM

Lonzo Ball has always made his teammates play way better (see UCLA going from 15-17 last season to their record now). He will undoubtedly make Russell and Ingram more effective. I could see us having a 30 win season if we stay healthy for sure. And 40 wins in 2 years if Ball grows at the rate I expect him to. I think if we draft him he'll be the best young prospect we've had since a young Kobe. 

Please don't put Kobe and Ball in the same sentence like that.

 

Ball made college players look better, I agree. But everyone said the same for Russell out of college and look what happened.



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Posted May 17, 2017 - 11:27 AM

Please don't put Kobe and Ball in the same sentence like that.

 

Ball made college players look better, I agree. But everyone said the same for Russell out of college and look what happened.

 

All I said was he's the most exciting young prospect we've had since Kobe. Who else can you say that for? Nobody cared about Bynum, people thought it was a bad pick back then. 

 

Jury is still out on Russell, but I think playing off ball will suit him better. Lonzo is big enough to defend 2 guards anyways so shouldn't be a problem to play them in the backcourt. 


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 11:37 AM

This is actually the least excited I've been about a pick in the last couple of years.
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Posted May 17, 2017 - 11:56 AM

This is actually the least excited I've been about a pick in the last couple of years.

 

I don't think Lonzo is a bust, on the contrary, I think he's a really talented, high impact player who could really help the Lakers. But because of his dad, choosing him feels like signing a pact with the devil. 

 

I don't want that guy anywhere near the Lakers.


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Posted May 17, 2017 - 12:25 PM

Holy moly, we just kept our pick, its the 2nd overall pick and here we are complaining? WTF? Im stoked, I good with Ball as I would be with Fultz, shoot I would even be cool with Jackson or Fox.

 

We have options, its a good day!



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Posted May 17, 2017 - 12:25 PM

I think if we draft him he'll be the best young prospect we've had since a young Kobe.


He's not even the best prospect we've had in the last 2 years.
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