– Better supporting cast
When James signed with the Lakers in the summer of 2018, many expected that they would either try to get another star for him to play with or at the very least surround him with the type of players that he has success with.
Well, the Lakers didn’t do either. In James’ career, he has had a ton of success playing with players that can space the floor, shoot 3-pointers well, and defend. James is one of the best players in the history of the league when he puts his head down and attacks the basket. However, if defenders don’t have to worry about him kicking the ball out, it makes packing the pain a lot easier.
After the front office failed James in his first summer, they didn’t make that same mistake. Adding players like Danny Green and Avery Bradley in free agency provided James with a player that can hit three-pointers and play exceptional defense.
While one of the needs for the Lakers has been a secondary playmaker, James is averaging over 10 assists per game because of the players the team has surrounded him with. The roster construction in James’ second season has been much better than what we saw in his first.