By Byron Evans – @Bevans1985 – Follow me on Twitter.
What Is Byron Thinking ?
The Lakers have won a championship in every decade since the 1940’s, except for in the 1960’s and the 1990’s. They’ve also won multiple championships in 3 of those decades to add up to 16, the second most in NBA history. It’s understandable why the Lakers wouldn’t want to be patient and throw all their chips in the middle as soon as they can so they can start competing again, because they practically always have, but that’s not the right course of action right now. Here’s why.
The Golden State Warriors will loom for awhile.
This Golden State team, barring any unforeseeable circumstance, is going to be a juggernaut for the next couple years at the least. Why mortgage your future for a small chance at beating the Warriors. It would be different if we knew for sure several of the top ten superstars in the NBA today were going to join the Lakers, and they had a way to sign them all, but for now all we know is Paul George wants to join, and that won’t be enough to unseat the Warriors.
You need as many weapons as possible in today’s NBA.
Lebron James averaged a 30+ point triple double in this past NBA Finals, the first time a triple double was ever averaged in the Finals, and it was only good enough to steal one game. The Cavs supposedly had a big 3, 3 of the better players in the league, along with the best player in the league, and they barely competed with the Warriors. The Lakers need to keep as many assets as possible because they will need as many good players as they can have.
Key to the Warriors Success?
The reason they were able to get more all stars than most teams is because they had great players on cheaper deals, allowing them to have the money to sign more great players. They did this by finding great players through the draft and developing them together as a team. Developing players when they’re young allows you to build them together as a team, and that’s exactly what the Warriors did.
Is this model guaranteed to work for the Lakers ?
No it isn’t. We don’t know for sure if any of the young Lakers will ever develop into anything special, but we do know being patient and waiting to see if they develop is their best option. It’s pretty certain that Paul George will come next year without the Lakers having to give up anybody, so if they can develop any of these guys, along with Paul George, they will be attractive to other free agents in the next few years.
Having a young core means a longer lasting window for championships, which the Warriors are reveling in right now. Imagine if Lonzo Ball and Brandon Ingram turn out to be special in about 3 years, along with Paul George and a free agent get, could spell a future Warriors like run.
Be patient, see what you got, worst case they don’t develop and you can pick again in the lottery for another shot in the next few years, that’s better than mortgaging your future for stars of today that still won’t be good enough to compete with the Warriors today, or what the Sixers and Celtics are building in the future.
What do you guys think ? Debate me.