The first third of the season is over, and the Lakers have once again one of the NBA’s best records.
In one of the most unique seasons ever, the Lakers season has had its ups and downs.
Let’s look at the biggest stories that this team has had so far.
LeBron James Is Once Again in the MVP Conversation
LeBron is not only just in the conversation for the MVP but is leading the race so far. The only player that may have a case as strong as James is Joel Embiid.
But LeBron has earned to be the front runner of this conversation by becoming Iron Man once again. Thus far, he has not missed a single game and has been by far the best player in arguably the best team. At 36 years old, James is top 5 in the league in minutes, playing three straight games in overtime in winning all of them.
His impact can’t be measured by stats, even though the stat sheet is still impressive. 25.5 points, 8 rebounds, and assists while shooting 50% from the field and 40% from three should be good enough to win the MVP; that can mean a lot to him.
The New Secret Weapon: Talen Horton-Tucker
Talen Horton-Tucker has become the Lakers’ secret weapon this season, just like Alex Caruso was last year. After an impressive pre-season, Horton-Tucker has established himself in the rotation, and rightfully so. He is averaging 9.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.5 steals in 21 minutes.
All of this while being really efficient, shooting 55.6% from the field and 44.4% from three. He is doing it all from the bench, and in just his second year, has become an important role player for the Lakers, with a lot of potential to continue to grow.
Anthony Davis’ Slow Start
Davis hasn’t had his best season; in fact, he has put career-low numbers since his first two seasons in the league. The star has already missed various games with different injuries and hasn’t played up to his best so far. Davis has averaged 22.3 points and 8.6 rebounds, his lowest since his rookie and sophomore season.
The positive side is that you can argue this is due to injury or him not being aggressive, as his percentages have been outstanding.
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