NBA Betting: Los Angeles Lakers Offseason Team Report

Jordan Sharp

Sunday, August 4, 2013 2:35 PM GMT

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013 2:35 PM GMT

In the storied history of the Lakers, there haven’t been that many bad seasons, but 2012-2013 was one of them.


With Kobe Bryant recovering from one of the nastiest sports injuries one can endure, and with another key member from last season missing, will the Lakers once again be a first round out in the playoffs, or even worse, a lottery team? Let’s take a brief look back and forward with the Lakers, and see what the NBA Odds are telling us about the purple and gold. 

2012-2013

We should have all known that once the season started going south early, and the Lakers fired Mike Brown, that it would be a long season in Laker-land. Brown was fired barely into the season, and in comes Mike D’Antoni, who was also pretty bad. The Lakers had little to no defense, even though they had the best defensive center in the game right now, plus a still affective Bryant and Metta World Peace. While they could not play defense, they were pretty solid on offense most nights, scoring an average of 102 points per game. 

However, the Lakers didn’t make the playoffs until the final day of the season, and the Spurs quickly swept them. Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon is going to be the biggest issue heading into training camp in October, but there are many other big issues as well, and most surround the personnel.

Transactions

The first transaction was a complete loss, and the Lakers weren’t able to get anything in return. Howard left to go to the Rockets, which left a bad taste in Lakers fans everywhere. LA gave up several first round picks to get Howard in a small gamble that did not pay off at all.

Second was the amnesty of World Peace. His contract wasn’t that inflated, but the Lakers were faced with another horrible season and a huge tax bill, and Mr. Buss decided that if the Lakers were contemplating tank-land, that a smaller tax bill is much more desirable.

They did sign a few players this offseason, but they are in no way going to make the Lakers better. They brought in Jordan Farmar and Chris Kaman, but they will likely help very little the way the Lakers are currently constructed.

All in all, it’s been a disappointing offseason for the Lakers, as they make way to shed space for next summer. They may be wise to shed their payroll even more, but that would take the trading of Pau Gasol, their one remaining asset that could bring them back some 1st round picks. However, something tells me that Mr. Buss is way too stubborn to tank this season, and it will mean even more hardship in LA.

Future Odds

The Lakers are currently 25/1 to win the NBA Title next season, and despite all of the turmoil, they are still very overvalued. Teams like the Grizzlies are ranked behind them, and that is simply a travesty. Also, they are graded out the same as the Warriors, a team that is WAY better than LA is.

The Lakers would be wise to sell off everything in hopes of a Bryant return and resigning for next season. However, I feel as if they will fight and claw their way to the 8th seed out West again, which is worse than being in last place this season. I’m laying off the Lakers in my NBA Picks everywhere.

In the storied history of the Lakers, there haven’t been that many bad seasons, but 2012-2013 was one of them. With Kobe Bryant recovering from one of the nastiest sports injuries one can endure, and with another key member from last season missing, will the Lakers once again be a first round out in the playoffs, or even worse, a lottery team? Let’s take a brief look back and forward with the Lakers, and see what the NBA Odds are telling us about the purple and gold.

2012-2013

We should have all known that once the season started going south early, and the Lakers fired Mike Brown, that it would be a long season in Laker-land. Brown was fired barely into the season, and in comes Mike D’Antoni, who was also pretty bad. The Lakers had little to no defense, even though they had the best defensive center in the game right now, plus a still affective Bryant and Metta World Peace. While they could not play defense, they were pretty solid on offense most nights, scoring an average of 102 points per game.

However, the Lakers didn’t make the playoffs until the final day of the season, and the Spurs quickly swept them. Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon is going to be the biggest issue heading into training camp in October, but there are many other big issues as well, and most surround the personnel.

Transactions

The first transaction was a complete loss, and the Lakers weren’t able to get anything in return. Howard left to go to the Rockets, which left a bad taste in Lakers fans everywhere. LA gave up several first round picks to get Howard in a small gamble that did not pay off at all.

Second was the amnesty of World Peace. His contract wasn’t that inflated, but the Lakers were faced with another horrible season and a huge tax bill, and Mr. Buss decided that if the Lakers were contemplating tank-land, that a smaller tax bill is much more desirable.

They did sign a few players this offseason, but they are in no way going to make the Lakers better. They brought in Jordan Farmar and Chris Kaman, but they will likely help very little the way the Lakers are currently constructed.

All in all, it’s been a disappointing offseason for the Lakers, as they make way to shed space for next summer. They may be wise to shed their payroll even more, but that would take the trading of Pau Gasol, their one remaining asset that could bring them back some 1st round picks. However, something tells me that Mr. Buss is way too stubborn to tank this season, and it will mean even more hardship in LA.

Future Odds

The Lakers are currently 25/1 to win the NBA Title next season, and despite all of the turmoil, they are still very overvalued. Teams like the Grizzlies are ranked behind them, and that is simply a travesty. Also, they are graded out the same as the Warriors, a team that is WAY better than LA is.

The Lakers would be wise to sell off everything in hopes of a Bryant return and resigning for next season. However, I feel as if they will fight and claw their way to the 8th seed out West again, which is worse than being in last place this season. I’m laying off the Lakers in my NBA Picks everywhere.

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