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By williamsones
#44117 Lakers

• It's fun teasing the Lakers for falling ass-backwards into LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and swinging wildly between schools of thought in building out their team. Last season: We don't need shooting! We want playmaking! We paid no attention to the first 15 years of LeBron's career! One year later: Turns out shooting is important!

Both James and Davis seem determined to play out of position, forcing the Lakers to shoehorn Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee into major roles. A year ago, Kyle Kuzma was a spot duty small-ball center. Now he'll have to defend some shooting guards to get on the floor with James, Davis, and one member of the Lakers' big man comedy duo. Weird.

But Kuzma chased wings last season with a grit that would surprise critics branding him an empty calories gunner. His 32% mark on wide-open catch-and-shoot 3s is alarming, but the bet here is that he rebounds to something closer to 38% -- his hit rate as a rookie. When it matters, the Lakers will slide Davis to center, allowing Kuzma to play closer to his natural position. Some Davis-at-center lineups won't include Kuzma at all. Remember: He is L.A.'s best (only?) realistic trade asset.

A more substantive problem: Rajon Rondo is the only perimeter player aside from LeBron who can, like, dribble multiple times in succession. LeBron's best teams featured All-Star secondary ball handlers.

Defenses ignore Rondo. Opponents outscored the Lakers by 5.4 points per 100 possessions last season when LeBron and Rondo shared the floor. Their best lineups probably don't feature Rondo. I don't really care that he drained at least 35% from deep in three of the past four seasons. That is a blah mark considering how open he is, and he'll never take and make enough to outweigh the damage he inflicts on spacing.

But Rondo's relative lack of shooting isn't as harmful in lineups featuring James, Davis, Danny Green, and one ambulatory perimeter guy with average 3-point accuracy. And when the Lakers excise Rondo, Davis can take on more of the playmaking burden from the post and elbows, and even by just dusting suckers one-on-one from the outside; Davis quietly averaged four dimes per game last season, by far a career high.

Green is rock solid. Alex Caruso can handle it some. He's good -- more than a meme. Someone from the Kentavious Caldwell-Pope/Avery Bradley/Quinn Cook pile will exceed expectations. (Bradley is getting all the camp buzz, but I'm more intrigued by KCP's size and versatility on defense.) They'll snag someone in the (rigged) buyout game.

That guy won't be an elite ball handler. Every contender has minor flaws in a post-supervillain Warriors world. The Lakers have two of the league's five best players -- a symbiotic pick-and-roll combination -- and competent shooting around them. Be afraid.

They will have to navigate the draining melodrama that follows LeBron. If things go badly, there will be passive-aggressive eye rolls and drooped shoulders. The Lakers volunteered for tension by hiring Jason Kidd as Frank Vogel's No. 2. Like any classic LeBron team, the Lakers are a 2-3 start away from DEFCON 1 speculation. I'm tired already.

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