The Los Angeles Lakers are entering the coming NBA season with a young nucleus led by Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, D’Angelo Russell and incoming rookie Brandon Ingram. Could Lou Williams be the perfect fifth player in the mix?
At 29, Williams is the senior of the group. But based on his past season with the Lakers, his tenure hasn’t exactly been impressive.
But of course, there were a lot of factors to consider. One is that he had to survive behind the shadows of Kobe Bryant before the Lakers great retired last season. Williams did show glimpses of brilliance, similar to the time he was with the Toronto Raptors but will that hold moving forward?
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With a new coach in Luke Walton coming in, there is no telling who will be in (or out) of the starting lineup. The young guys will likely be in the mix with Williams a ‘darkhorse’ to start next season.
The Lake Show Life feels that Williams is an odd player to be in the mix, but the coming season breaks down a lot of barriers. Before passing judgment, it would perhaps be better to give the guard the benefit of the doubt as the Lakers venture into a new era.
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Walton is expected to employ the same run-and-gun philosophy that the Golden State Warriors used early last season. With a young core with fresh legs, it seems inevitable.
For Williams, keeping up with the slightly younger players will be key on whether he fits or not. If he bombs out, expect the trade rumors to swirl even during mid-season.
It all depends on the chemistry that Williams will have on Clarkson, Randle, Russell and Ingram. If they can blend in together, expect the Lakers to maintain that core. Williams may look the odd man from afar but with no excuses this year, it could be his time to shine.