The Los Angeles Lakers have started 1-2 in the 2023-24 NBA season, but this is a team that believes it can win the NBA Title this year. It will be no easy task. The Western Conference is loaded, but the Lakers return everything important from a team that was well in the mix last season. They added pieces that made sense around that framework, including a couple of players with high upside who they expect to break out midseason. If they do, then this is definitely a team that can challenge the Denver Nuggets in the West.
Can Anthony Davis and LeBron James stay healthy?
This is a weird one because the Lakers aren’t really an old team. LeBron and Davis are the only guys of note who are over 30, but each of them comes into the season with legitimate injury concerns because of their age and the wear and tear of an NBA season. James has played more than 56 games just once since playing in all 82 back in 2017-18, and he will be turning 39 this season. Davis hasn’t played more than 62 games since that same year, though his 56 games in 2022-23 were an improvement over some of his prior efforts.
This is a squad that can have a top-10 offense and make the playoffs. The key for the Lakers will be resting their stars at the right time so that they have some gas left when the playoffs begin.