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Lakers Nation Debate: D’Angelo Russell’s Statistical Expectations

Topic: We wonder what rookie point guard D'Angelo Russell needs to average in order for his first season to be a successful year? Context: The Los Angeles Lakers were fortunate enough to move up to the second overall pick and used it to take Ohio State point guard D'Angelo Russell. Even though many expected the Lakers to take Jahlil Okafor, the front office and coaching staff ultimately felt that Russell ha ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Will Playing Small Forward Help Or Hurt Kobe Bryant?

As Kobe Bryant heads into what looks to be his final season, he will do so having to do something he hasn't had to do since his first couple of seasons with the Los Angeles Lakers. Head coach Byron Scott has said that Kobe will play mostly small forward this season, and even a little power forward in certain lineups. The makeup of the Lakers roster is interesting as the team added players in the backcourt s ...

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Is Byron Scott Evolving As A Head Coach For The Lakers?

About a month ago, I sent out the following tweet: “This may be complete nonsense on my part, but I feel Byron shaving his mustache signals more openness towards the modern game.” Granted, I was being a wholly facetious smart a--, but there was something vaguely reassuring about Byron Scott’s appearance no longer resembling “drill sergeant,” “cop on the edge,” or… well… “Byron Scott.” Dude looked at least 3 ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Roy Hibbert Returning To All-Star Form?

Topic: We wonder if Roy Hibbert can return to his All-Star form of 2013 with the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Context: The Los Angeles Lakers are basically taking a one-year chance on center Roy Hibbert this season. After missing out on the likes of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeAndre Jordan, the Lakers swung a trade for the former Pacers center who is in the final year of his contract. Last season was a step ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Which Acquisition Will Make The Biggest Impact?

The Los Angeles Lakers introduced their three big off-season acquisitions this week as Roy Hibbert, Lou Williams, and Brandon Bass all made their first official appearances as members of the Lakers. While none of the three were the big names the Lakers (and fans) were hoping for, all three should play big roles for the team this season. Roy Hibbert will immediately step in as the starting center and be the ...

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Lakers Nation Debate: Which Young Player Will Have The Best Season?

Topic: We wonder which of the three young stars on the Los Angeles Lakers will have the best season: Jordan Clarkson, D'Angelo Russell, or Julius Randle? Context: Over the last couple of off-seasons, the Lakers have begun building up their young core as they prepare for the future. The Lakers are working to return to relevance and three players in particular look to be the future pillars of the franchise: g ...

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Lakers Nation Roundtable: Who Impressed, Disappointed In Las Vegas Summer League

With a number of players on the Summer League roster who are expected to be on the Los Angeles Lakers once the regular season rolls around, expectations were extremely high for the team in Las Vegas. Unfortunately, the team failed to live up to the hype. Second overall pick D'Angelo Russell has struggled with his shooting as well as his turnovers, though he has made some excellent passes. Julius Randle stru ...

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It’s Time For Lakers To Trade Nick Young

With Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass and Lou Williams now officially in the fold and a group of youngsters in Vegas forming one of the most highly anticipated Summer League squads in recent memory, things have settled down for the Los Angeles Lakers. Yes, the roster’s edges may need smoothing, and Mitch Kupchak’s gig basically requires he never turn off his phone. However, save an unexpectedly substantive shakeup ...

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Lakers Summer League: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

High expectations have been placed on this 2015 Los Angeles Lakers Summer League squad, headlined by D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Larry Nance, Jr, Anthony Brown, and Tarik Black. Unfortunately, with the exception of a couple good stat lines from Clarkson and high-energy spurts from Black and Nance, so far this young Lakers group has not lived up to the hype. Granted, this is Summer Leag ...

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Best And Worst Case Scenarios For The Lakers’ 2015 Draft Picks

Now that the dust has settled and the speculation is over, we finally know who the Los Angeles Lakers have decided on with their multiple draft picks. The team surprised many by opting for guard D'Angelo Russell over traditional center Jahlil Okafor and only time will tell if they made the right choice. Additionally, the Lakers took high-energy forward Larry Nance Jr. from Wyoming with the 27th overall pick ...

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