The Los Angeles Lakers have the best record in the league and have been playing really good basketball. The Lakers have been blowing out teams nearly every game and have a definitive win over the Milwaukee Bucks on their resume.
And this is after we all expected the team to have a slow start. The Lakers (and Miami Heat) are coming off of the shortest offseason in American sports history. While the Lakers have plenty of new faces, it is still no easy task to return to basketball only two months after winning it all in the strenuous NBA bubble.
The scary part for the rest of the league? We are still right. This is a slow start for the Lakers’ standards and they will continue to get even better as the season goes on.
This is all about internal improvements as well, nothing about any external moves — making it all the scarier.
1 LeBron James and Anthony Davis haven’t reached full form for the Los Angeles Lakers
LeBron James and Anthony Davis are two of the best players in the league who absolutely dominated the NBA Playoffs last season en route to a championship. Not only are they extremely talented, but their skill sets make them extremely hard to gameplan against.
The Lakers are 13-4 without LeBron and AD reaching their ceilings this season. They are blowing out teams with an 80% version of both guys. Just imagine the results when they really turn it on?
This is by design. We have seen moments from both guys but it is clear that the Lakers are being at cautious as possible with their superstar duo, because of that short offseason.
The duo is only averaging 46 combined points per game. Most teams would kill that for output from their two best players, but we all know that the best version of LeBron and AD drops 55-60 combined per night.
It’s more than just the superstar duo, though.