The Los Angeles Lakers need better play out of these three players.
The Los Angeles Lakers have had an interesting start to the 2020-21 season. Los Angeles leads the Western Conference with an 8-3 record but we are yet to see that signature win over a really good playoff team, in large part due to the way the schedule was constructed.
The Lakers’ best win might have been against the Houston Rockets, where the Lakers were obviously the better team throughout and showed why there are levels to being a playoff-caliber team.
Last season we saw the clutch three from Danny Green in the corner that sent the Lakers to overtime against the Dallas Mavericks, where they then got the W. The Lakers are due for that kind of win in a big game.
However, this does not mean that the season has been bad for LA. I previously debunked the theory that the Lakers were off to a sluggish start and will echo that statement here: it has not always been pretty, but the Lakers are playing good basketball. Wins are wins.
There have been some players who are off to a sluggish start, though. LeBron James and Anthony Davis have not had their usual output, but that is by design. That is not a worry whatsoever.
Instead, I wanted to focus on the role players on the Los Angeles Lakers who have not been playing to the best of their ability and need to start picking up their play, and fast. This is a team that is zeroed in on a championship. Rob Pelinka will make moves that he feels are necessary at the deadline if there is a hole in the roster.
That is not to say that any of these players are on the chopping block, but it is time for them to turn it around.