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Podcast: Final Lakers roster breakdown, too-early win total predictions

The Lakers roster is set. What might they be capable of alongside LeBron James?

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With the addition of Travis Wear (on a two-way contract), the Los Angeles Lakers have solidified what will be their roster heading into training camp. So, on today’s Locked on Lakers, Pete Zayas and I take a long look at the team as currently constituted and figure out what the rotations might look like and try to figure out what the team might be capable of.

Before we get to any of that, though, Pete grills me on what randomly became an internet-wide weekend of crapping on me. Pete couldn’t get away from it so we discussed why it might be that the internet hates me as much as it does. So that was fun, or something like that.

In the second segment, we take a look at the guards, as well as a general conversation about the principles upon which we think this roster has been put together. Namely: Switchability on defense. It’s here where I actually kind of/sort of stump Pete. So take that, Coach Dad.

From there, we direct our attention to the roughly 37 wings on the Lakers roster. As comical as the number of players at this position might seem, we both actually like how the roster was constructed. Wings (and especially elite ones) are arguably the NBA’s most valuable commodity given the types of shots they take and the types of opponents they can defend.

So, how do the Lakers stack up in this regard?

Well, LeBron is a pretty good place to start, and then it’s just a matter of how other wings can function with him on the court. I also take this opportunity to ask the one nagging question that I can’t quite look past: Will the coaching staff and front office prioritize the right players even if that might create issues in the locker room?

We also discuss bigs, LeBron at the five and plenty more.

As always, this is just a tidbit of the full context given in the show. Listen to the full discussion below and please check out old episodes or guarantee you won’t miss any ever again by subscribing on iTunes.

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