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Lonzo Ball's Court Vision Passes The Eye Test

by Dave DuFour

Jul 18, 2017 11:56 PM

Lonzo Ball is entering the league as a top 10 passer. The ability to make your teammates better is an incredibly important skill, particularly on a team this young. Read more »

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2017 Summer League Notes On All 30 NBA Teams

by Keith P Smith

Jul 18, 2017 1:19 PM

Notes and observations on all 30 NBA teams from how they evaluated their offseason moves and what they saw from their Summer League prospects. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Signs One-Year, $18M Deal With Lakers

by Christopher Reina

Jul 12, 2017 12:37 PM

The best part of this deal for the Lakers is they get to preserve their 2018 cap space while acquiring their starting shooting guard of the present, and potentially the future if they're unable to sign two max players. Read more »

Tags: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA

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The Lakers' Unworkable Paul George Quandry

by Andrew Perna

The Lakers risk allowing Paul George to play for a contender in 17-18 and not wanting to leave. If they do make the Pacers an increased offer the young talent around him will be diminished significantly. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nets Acquire D'Angelo Russell As Lakers Dump Salary

by Christopher Reina

While the Lakers did well to clear salary for 2018, the Nets used their unique financial position to buy low on a point guard who can shoot well, pass well and may still become an All-Star. Read more »
Ten-Year Net Rating Rankings (Infographics For All 30 Teams)

by Christopher Reina

Beyond strictly looking at wins and losses, net rating gives a clear picture of team performance. The following infographics show the trajectory of every team in the NBA in terms of how they rank in the category. Read more »
2017 NBA Offseason Preview: Los Angeles Lakers

by Keith P Smith

Because of limited cap space, the Lakers' entire offseason hinges on keeping their pick at the lottery. Read more »
Prospect Report: Markelle Fultz Of Washington

by Rafael Uehara

Markelle Fultz will give his team's general manager some flexibility for how to build a team around him. Here's how he would fit in with the Lakers, Celtics, 76ers and Suns. Read more »
The Maximum Available 2017 Cap Space For All 30 NBA Teams, Version 4.0

by Keith P Smith

With the NBA Trade Deadline behind us and rosters locked in for the most part, it is time for an updated look at what all 30 teams cap space picture looks likes for the summer of 2017. Read more »
Magic Johnson's Belief In Laker Exceptionalism When It Matters Less

by Colin McGowan

A return to some imagined essential Lakers-ness will not save the Lakers: competence will. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Lakers Trade Lou Williams To Houston

by Keith P Smith

Trading Lou Williams was more about the pick than the player for the Lakers and they did solid job to get a first round pick for a luxury asset at this point in their season. Read more »
Western Conference Buyers & Sellers At The Trade Deadline

by Keith P Smith

There are a number of teams on the fringes of the playoff picture such as the Kings, Nuggets, Blazers and Mavericks, which makes predicting their deadline goals difficult. Read more »
2016 Year-End NBA Team Portfolio Rankings

by Christopher Reina

The Warriors and Cavaliers remain atop our year-end rankings but there's considerable change behind them, most notably the Raptors, Bucks and 76ers. Read more »
The Revelation Of The Baby Lakers

by Colin McGowan

If you're hiring Luke Walton, you know you're getting a quintessentially laidback Californian with a holistic basketball ideology who values fun and understands the game as a vehicle for it. Which is to say he is precisely what the Lakers required after Byron Scott's dour, blinkered troglodyte reign. Read more »
Five Question Season Preview: Pacific Division

by Brett Koremenos

Bringing out the best in Julius Randle, Marquese Chriss' dark horse ROY case, Golden State's young depth, Sacramento's improved ball movement and the Clippers' giant hole at small forward. Read more »
Could Luke Walton Get Experimental With Brandon Ingram At Center?

by Jonny Auping

The Lakers don't need to immediately find out what Brandon Ingram is best at. They need to be taking notes of all the things he's good at. That requires patience and maybe even experimenting with him at center. Read more »
Thirty Futures: Los Angeles Lakers

by Colin McGowan

Lumbering paint-cloggers are on their way out, or at least more marginalized than they have ever been. But the Lakers still signed Timofey Mozgov to a $64M deal. Read more »
2016 NBA Offseason Review: Pacific Division

by Keith P Smith

While the Warriors improved a 73-win team by signing Kevin Durant and the Clippers largely preserved the status quo, the Lakers, Suns and Kings are trying to accelerate their rebuilds. Read more »
Revisiting The Top-5 Of The 2015 NBA Draft

by Rafael Uehara

A lot has changed for Karl-Anthony Towns, D'Angelo Russell, Jahlil Okafor, Kristaps Porzingis and Mario Hezonja since they were drafted just over a year ago. Read more »
How Yi Jianlian Fits With The Lakers

by Dave DuFour

During the last five years, Yi Jianlian has proven that while the hype may have been overblown, he is a good basketball player who is worthy of another shot in the NBA. Read more »