The Los Angeles Lakers entered the season with high hopes and expectations. Being the defending NBA Champions, they added multiple key pieces to their rotation. Sadly, LeBron James and Anthony Davis' injuries took a massive toll on their chances of clinching the first spot in the Western Conference.
Nonetheless, now that Davis is back on the court and that it's only a matter of days before LeBron James comes back from his high-ankle injury, the purple-and-gold can start dreaming of another NBA championship again.
That's why newcomer Andre Drummond is so excited about having the chance of finally playing next to LeBron James, claiming that he'll get tons of easy looks at the basket and he'll make the rest of the team better.
Andre Drummond Is Ecstatic About LeBron James' Return From Injury
"You know what? I don't think my brain can process what type of opportunities will come from him being on the court. Right now we can't control him not being in there... but depending on when he does come, I'm sure great things will happen for everybody," Drummond said, as quoted by Fadeaway World.
It's not a secret that LeBron James thrives while making his teammates better, and the Lakers' roster is designed to go through The King on almost every single touch, so Drummond has a valid point right there.
LeBron was playing at an MVP level before falling with that injury, averaging 33.4 minutes, 25.4 points, 7.9 rebounds, 7.9 assists, 1.0 steals, and 2.4 three-pointers per game in 51/36/70 shooting splits.
Now, the Lakers are unlikely to finish better than 5th in the West, thus making it unlikely that they'll have homecourt advantage in any playoff series. At least, they'll have something even better: a well-rested LeBron James, which is a scary thought for the rest of the league.