Let’s just say that the Los Angeles Lakers have some work cut out for them.
Although it is still relatively early in the season, it’s time to start looking at how each player is performing and give them a corresponding grade. There’s been some that haven’t performed well, while others have performed as expected, and then there are some that have managed to rise above.
They’ve won nine of their first 24 games, and currently sit outside of the playoff bubble, with a three game gap separating them from the eighth seed in the Western Conference. In order for the Lakers to make the most out of the young core that they’ve got, it’s imperative for everyone to step up and play to the best of their abilities every night.
LaVar Ball has been an expected distraction, but that’s only one of the Lakers concerns right now. They’ve done incredibly poorly on the road, and have also puzzled some people with the way that their rotations have been working — but that part falls on Luke Walton’s shoulders as the head coach.
One Brandon Ingram game-winner in Philadelphia later, Los Angeles is at a point where they can turn their season around if they make the most of what they’ve got in front of them. But they have to also learn how to appreciate the talent that they have, not always try to look elsewhere.
So with that in mind, here are the player grades.