Fresh off their 2020 title victory, the Lakers hit the bottom working in free agency, buying Wesley Matthews, Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol within the opening days of free agency.
Needless to say, the acquisitions have them feeling good about their possibilities to go back-to-back. What about three in a row?
It feels like a pipe dream, however Stephen A. Smith says he thinks the Lakers have an opportunity.
“I think the Lakers have a chance to three-peat. Not just repeat, three-peat. I think right now, as this season is presently constructed, it’s the Lakers and everyone else is a distant second coming into this season. LeBron is obviously 36, buy that time, he’ll be 37 going on 38 — and I think that’s where the run ultimately ends. I think it’s entirely plausible the Lakers three-peat, I’m not gonna say it’s a guaranteed cause of injuries and all that sort of stuff, but it’s pretty close as I can get to a guarantee.”
“I think the Lakers have a chance to three-peat.”
—@stephenasmith 👀 pic.twitter.com/nhquCrHrlZ
— First Take (@FirstTake) December 3, 2020
Stephen A.’s confidence within the Lakers is well-founded. LeBron James and Anthony Davis are the NBA’s greatest duo, and their improved roster will only translate to elevated efficiency off the bench.
But there are some severe threats to their three-peat possibilities. For one, LeBron James goes to be 36 years previous later this month — and whereas he’s achieved an amazing job protecting Father Time at bay, his decline is inevitable and coming sooner quite than later.
The sturdiness of Anthony Davis can be an enormous concern, given his lengthy monitor file of missed games attributable to all kinds of injuries.
— Stephen A Smith (@stephenasmith) December 4, 2020
Perhaps the largest impediment for the Lakers is the steep competitors they’ll need to face within the West. The Clippers are searching for vengeance for a failed season, the Mavericks are younger and only getting higher, the Warriors are loaded and more healthy, and the Nuggets proceed to construct chemistry as a unit. Those teams — together with the Blazers, Suns, Jazz, and Rockets — will trigger some severe issues for the defending Champs.
We’ll see quickly sufficient in the event that they’re up for the problem.