Lineup and results:
- PG — Lonzo Ball
- SG — Brandon Ingram
- SF — Paul George
- PF — LeBron James
- C — DeMarcus Cousins
This starting five is scary good and easily could be primed for three, four or even five NBA Championships. This is the perfect blend of established superstars and young stars with promise. If Ingram and Ball develop as they should, in three seasons the Lakers could have a starting five with five all-star players.
There could be some tweaking with this lineup and some different ways to go about it. Instead of running Ingram at shooting guard the Lakers could run George at the two, Ingram at the four and James at his natural small forward spot. George’s shooting ability allows him to play either the two or three interchangeably.
However, James is far better at rebounding the basketball than Ingram and could play the point forward role at power forward. With Lonzo Ball’s height at the point and Ingram’s at shooting guard, the Lakers avoid the small lineup problem that haunts the Warriors.
Kyle Kuzma and Ivica Zubac would be the only reliable bench assets, thus, the second team would become a big focus. However, the Lakers could easily sign multiple key players to smaller deals to fill the bench.
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Oh, man, this team would be insane. As seen in the Youtube Video from KrispyFlakes, the team finished with a just a 55-27 record for third in the Western Conference before being bounced in the first round by the Utah Jazz.
A video game simulation should not stop the Lakers from making these moves, though. When inputting a hypothetical trade into NBA Trade Machine to get these three superstars, the Lakers add an estimated 22 wins to their record. This still would only put them around 51 wins. In reality, this easily is a 60 win team.
While on paper the results are not on the Lakers side, it is undeniable how special this super team would really be. Are there a lot of strings to pull to accomplish this video game-like team? Absolutely. If anyone can do it, though, it is the Magic Johnson-led Los Angeles Lakers.
And if they do pull it off the rest of the NBA should be terrified.