After seeing stars like Gordon Hayward, Jimmy Butler, and Paul George switch teams, the NBA has proven this offseason remains one of the most exciting times in sports. With teams reshuffling their rosters, the 2017-2018 NBA season is already expected to be one of the league’s most fascinating ones this decade.
While playoff teams were busy reloading, the Los Angeles Lakers have been steadily rebuilding their roster. Under Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, the Lakers look poised to become one of the league’s up-and-coming teams with Lonzo Ball spearheading their up-tempo style. However, Los Angeles also managed to sign Kentavius Caldwell-Pope and according to Lakers, Johnson is excited for what he adds to the team:
Magic on what KCP brings: "If we don't defend, we can't run. And we want to run, run, run."https://t.co/v6QYFU986n
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 18, 2017
The Lakers have struck out the past several years trying to add stars in free agency, so signing a quality impact player in Caldwell-Pope is a welcomed change. Listed at 6’5″ and 205 pounds, Caldwell-Pope is the perfect backcourt partner for Ball as the former Detroit Pistons player will be able to guard the opposing team’s best guard and allow Ball to save his energy for running the offense. On the offensive end, Caldwell-Pope is a capable three-point shooter as he hit 35 percent from downtown during the 2016-2017 season.
By adding another player who can fill the lane in transition and knock down open threes, the Lakers have a clear identity heading into the season. The team will surely put up points in a hurry, but how many wins that translates to remains to be seen. For the time being, however, Los Angeles looks to finally be back on their way to the top.