Snakell Beast wrote:Honestly, that team is definitely playoffs...maybe even (depending on Wes and Young improving and working hard and Odom resurging) can get to the WCF...
I like the off-season additions, I like the optimism, but...
LOL I am serious (great pic btw) definitely optimistic but not out of the realm of possibility. Basically, we'd have the same team we had in '09, except that Steve Nash replaces Fisher, Kaman replaces a Bynum that played sparingly in the playoffs that season.
Farmar and Vujacic are better players now than they were then, Nick Young is at least as good a scorer as Ariza (though not the defender, but since Antoni isn't going to play D anyway we might as well try to outscore teams) Kobe, Pau and ESPECIALLY Lamar are older and can't give as much as they did before, but our bench is deeper in the right places...again IF Wes Johnson becomes, say,a 10-12ppg 6th man type guy, Ryan Kelly can give us Vlad Rad like minutes/role, Hill can be Josh Powell, Sacre can be MBenga, Meeks and Blake can give us Shannon Brown's scoring. I just really like our mix of savvy vets, young athletes and shooting/scoring.
Honestly, there isn't a team in the West right now that I don't feel we could beat in a 7 game series. Kobe has more scoring around him this year, potentially, than he has ever had...and since we still have guys that can score efficiently and rebound well, we can strike a good balance between high scoring and timely defensive stops (since most of the time we will not be good on d) ala the Suns in the early 2000's.
Remember that a lot of people were predicting that Dwight might cause us problems because of the amount of effort and attention it takes to get him scoring opportunities. The guys we have now can all shoot, and don't need many touches to get into a rhythm...so they only need space and Kobe/Pau/Nash create a LOT of space. As long as we are healthy and everyone plays their hearts out, I like our team A LOT right now.
EVERYONE on our team has a decent or even good jump shot. Dwight KILLED floor spacing...Pau and Kaman both create extra space at the center because of their ability to shoot jumpers. Xs and Os wise, if we sign Lamar/Sasha like I said, we are as good as we've been in the last 6 years or so.
Dwight WHO??? Good riddance. Rumblings of Carmelo (and others surely to follow) combined with visions of 3 or 4 more years watching Mamba going Vino next to a crop of young athletic ballers makes the precious blinding light at the end of the tunnel glare off of my newly minted shiny happiness!!! #redemption 4 Swaggy P, Pau, Nash, Wes Johnson, Farmar and Lakers as a team and FA destination!