Lakers Projected To Finish With Worst Record In 2016-17 Season (See Full List)

The Los Angeles Lakers, who have missed the postseason for a franchise record three consecutive seasons, have been projected to finish with the worst record in the league in the forthcoming season.


According to ESPN’s latest list, which was formulated using the critically acclaimed real-plus Minus (RPM) system, the Lakers are projected to win 24.3 games as compared to the Philadelphia 76ers who have the second worst projection with 24.5 victories.

Lakers projected to win 24.3 games

ESPN’s Kevin Pelton wrote that despite the Lakers’ offseason acquisitions which includes drafting Brandon Ingram No.2 overall in the 2016 draft, besides signing veterans Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov in free agency, the Purple & Gold would struggle to make any noise in the coming season.

“Despite their offseason additions of No. 2 pick Brandon Ingram and veterans Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov, RPM has the Lakers with the league’s fewest projected wins,” wrote Pelton, while suggesting that the Phoenix Suns would finish 14th in the Western Conference with a projected win tally of 29.2.

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Here is the complete list of projected records for the 2016-17 season:

Western Conference

1. Golden State Warriors
Projected wins: 66.8

2. San Antonio Spurs
Projected wins: 54.5

3. Utah Jazz
Projected wins: 47.6

4. L.A. Clippers
Projected wins: 46.3

5. Houston Rockets
Projected wins: 45.8

6. Oklahoma City Thunder
Projected wins: 45.6

7. Portland Trail Blazers
Projected wins: 44.5

8. Denver Nuggets
Projected wins: 40.4

9. Memphis Grizzlies
Projected wins: 39.4

10. Sacramento Kings
Projected wins: 37.7

11. Minnesota Timberwolves
Projected wins: 37.1

12. New Orleans Pelicans
Projected wins: 37.0

13. Dallas Mavericks
Projected wins: 34.3

14. Phoenix Suns
Projected wins: 29.2

15. L.A. Lakers
Projected wins: 24.3

The projection isn’t far-fetched since the Lakers won a franchise-low 17 games last season while losing 65. While many pundits blamed Kobe Bryant’s farewell tour for Los Angeles’ appalling record, some pointed the blame towards former coach Byron Scott.

After hiring coach Luke Walton to a five-year contract, the Lakers are entering a new era with hopes that the likes of Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarskon and Brandon Ingram turn into all-star talents.

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However, many pundits reckon that the Lakers are at least four or five years away from relevancy, especially when you consider the competitive nature of the Western Conference which is expected to be dominated by the Golden State Warriors and San Antonio Spurs for a few more years.

Eastern Conference

1. Cleveland Cavaliers
Projected wins: 52.1

2. Boston Celtics
Projected wins: 49.8

3. Toronto Raptors
Projected wins: 48.8

4. Detroit Pistons
Projected wins: 47.5

5. Washington Wizards
Projected wins: 41.4

6. Charlotte Hornets
Projected wins: 41.0

7. Milwaukee Bucks
Projected wins: 40.9

8. Indiana Pacers
Projected wins: 38.9

9. Atlanta Hawks
Projected wins: 38.6

10. Miami Heat
Projected wins: 38.3

11. Chicago Bulls
Projected wins: 37.8

12. Orlando Magic
Projected wins: 36.2

13. New York Knicks
Projected wins: 34.7

14. Brooklyn Nets
Projected wins: 28.8

15. Philadelphia 76ers
Projected wins: 24.5

Would the Lakers prove the doubters wrong?