The Los Angeles Lakers entered this season on a short break after crowning as NBA Champions in the bubble in Orlando. However, rather than getting some rest, the team's offseason put up a lot of work to improve the roster.
Rob Pelinka managed to land Dennis Schroder, Montrezl Harrell, and Marc Gasol to improve an already impressive roster. However, it seems like the team is yet to click on the offensive end of the floor this season.
Frank Vogel's squad is still among the top teams in the Western Conference and Anthony Davis' injury has obviously taken a toll on them, but it's clear that they haven't been as dominant as they were last season.
LeBron James Claims The Lakers Defense Has Saved Them This Season
Nonetheless, LeBron James is not worried about that just yet. He knows that they've been a subpar offensive team this season but is pleased with the way they've been getting stops on defense:
“The fact that we’re so damn good defensively has saved us so far this season cause we haven’t been great offensively. [We] haven’t shot the ball well, have had high turnover games … but we hang our hats on our defense and that’s always going to give us an opportunity to win," James told reporters, as quoted by Mike Trudell.
Needless to say, the Lakers will only get better once Anthony Davis can come back from his injury. For now, they need to hold the fort and continue to play that physical, pesky defense they've played.
As long as they stay healthy and save the best for the playoffs, the Lakers will be the team to beat in the Western Conference. Then again, going back-to-back in the NBA is way easier said than done.