Nick Wright says referring to the Lakers’ backcourt as the ‘Worst in NBA’ in an under statement


Nick Wright says referring to the Lakers’ backcourt as the ‘Worst in NBA’ in an under statement

Nick Wright and the Lakers

This season, the Los Angeles Lakers are without a doubt on the hot seat. After the Lakers failed to make the playoffs last season, many began demanding for Russell Westbrook be traded in order to bring in some three-point shooting. Going into the summer, it appeared like a trade for Westbrook was almost a certain conclusion, but nothing came to fruition.

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If the Los Angeles Lakers want to win the championship this year, they’ll need shooters to surround LeBron James and Anthony Davis. James’ ability to change clubs from perennial challengers to championship contenders is widely established. He averaged 20.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 5.9 assists, and 1.6 steals in his first season and it was an outstanding debut year for the Akron native, kicking off a historic career.

James has always maintained that he is a pass-first player throughout his career and postseason campaigns. This was evident when he played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Miami Heat. In both cases, James depended on strong perimeter shooters to assist him in crucial situations when defenders double-teamed him. Nick Wright speaking on this said. “We have seen proof of concept for two decades in this league. That if you put shooting around LeBron James, you’re going to win 50 games and be a contender and it’s now two straight years.”

Nick Wright further speaking on the Russell Westbrook situation stated, “I said the Lakers have the worst starting backcourt in the NBA. I might have understated it — it’s maybe the worst starting backcourt AND backcourt off the bench in the NBA. It’s not all on Russ. The Lakers have built a roster as if 3s aren’t worth more than 2s, and trading Russ won’t fix that. It might help it some depending on whom you trade him for.”

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The way forward for the Los Angeles Lakers

Russell Westbrook of the Lakers
Russell Westbrook of the Lakers

Coach Darvin Ham has insisted that despite the team’s back-to-back losses, they just need time to gel. Although Wright admitted that trading Russell Westbrook may help the Lakers, he is concerned about Anthony Davis’ performance. Wright stated that he doesn’t understand why Anthony Davis refuses to play his usual self. He claimed that Davis played working within the paint.

With opposing defenses satisfied to let the Lakers shoot from three, something must change if they are to make a run in the playoffs. Unfortunately, with no clubs interested in a trade for Westbrook, it appears like the Lakers will have to overhaul their roster if they want to turn their season around.

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