Los Angeles Lakers
42-30, 7th in West
Playoff Matchup: (2) Phoenix Suns
Sean: Dennis Schröder
Drummond, AD and Lebron form a skilled and supersized front line for the Lakers. The guard position is where the question marks begin for the defending champs. Schröder has been solid for the Lakers if not spectacular. He’ll need to be at his pesky best in these playoffs for the Lakers to make a run at a repeat.
His 15 points and almost 6 assists per game give him solid offensive production but defensively, he’ll need to be as sharp as ever. With a potential gauntlet of Steph Curry, Chris Paul and maybe even Dame Lillard; Schröder will be tested in every round of the playoffs. Consistent play from him will be key.
James: Alex Caruso
Caruso is the type of guy who gives you energy every time he steps out on the floor. He’s proven time and time again he can be consistent on a nightly basis. His court vision, and attention to detail is what keeps LA from completely falling apart. I don’t know many players who can slow down the pace of the game in key moments of the game.
It’s clear he’s been around some very talented players and he’s a constant sponge in the locker room. Film is his best friend, and the funniest part is his numbers don’t represent his play at all. If I’m Vogel I’m giving Caruso a lot more playing time than he’s getting and cutting ties with Dennis Schröder.