Last season, the Los Angeles Lakers were the top team in the NBA from start to finish and wound up winning their 17th championship in franchise history, tying the Boston Celtics for the most championships by an NBA franchise. Entering the offseason, the Lakers front office and GM Rob Pelinka decided to make this team even better, instead of going out and re-signing everyone who was a part of their championship winning season.
Not only did they go out and trade Danny Green for Dennis Schroder, but they made a lot of noise in free agency when they signed the reigning Sixth Man of the Year in Montrezl Harrell from under the Los Angeles Clippers. Not only will this add more fuel to this rivalry, but gives the Lakers one of the best players off the bench in the league.
Between Schroder and Harrell, the Lakers get two guys who combined for 37.5 points per game last season and should give LeBron and Anthony Davis two reliable offensive weapons to work with. Between those four players alone, the Lakers have 88.9 points per game based on scoring stats from last season.
The Lakers also brought in veterans Wesley Matthews and Marc Gasol, while re-signing Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Markieff Morris. All four guys will be great role players for this team and should bolster the Lakers on the defensive end of the court in addition to their offensive abilities.
When looking at this team for the upcoming season, there is no doubt they will be the heavy favorite to repeat as NBA champions and win back-to-back titles, but will this actually happen and can they be an even better team than they were a season ago? Here are 4 bold predictions for the Lakers for the 2020-21 NBA season.