As the Lakers look to repeat as NBA champions, General Manager Rob Pelinka made various moves to try to improve the roster.
In the eyes of many people, the Lakers have a much better team on paper than last year, where they won the NBA championship.
Let’s analyze the moves Rob Pelinka made, and examine the pros and cons of them.
Even though the team won the championship, it had its flaws. The team wasn’t great in three-point shooting, scoring of the bench, and needed to get younger.
Well, we can certainly say that Rob Pelinka addressed at least two of these needs. By acquiring Dennis Schröder via trade and Montrezl Harrell via free agency the team didn’t just get younger, but they got the reigning 6th Man of the Year and its runner-up. Even though it’s still uncertain whether they’re going to start of come of the bench, the Lakers now have depth and many options to fix any bench issue.
Because of the pandemic, this will be the shortest offseason that many players have ever faced. This affects the teams that played until the end in the bubble, like the Miami Heat and the Lakers. The teams that didn’t make it to the bubble will have 9 months of rest, while a team like the Lakers will barely have 3 months off.
With the moves made by the front office, the team acquires fresh legs in Schröder, Harrell, Wesley Matthews, and Marc Gasol. This will be really important if the team stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis decide to rest for some games.
The short offseason for the team means that the newly acquired players will not have any time to learn the offense and defensive scheme. There will not be any time to work on the team’s chemistry or figure out the rotation. The starting lineup will have new names and the head coach Frank Vogel will have to make quick decisions.
Will the Defense Be as Good?
Losing Danny Green, Avery Bradley, Dwight Howard, Rajon Rondo, and JaVale McGee means that you lose many great defenders and athleticism in the rim.
Yes, Schröder and Harrell are great acquisitions but they aren’t as good of defenders as Howard or Bradley, so it’s a question if Frank Vogel’s defense can continue to be an elite defense.
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