5 Signs the Los Angeles Lakers Will Struggle During 2015-16 NBA Season

By Brendan Patel

5 Signs the Los Angeles Lakers Will Struggle During 2015-16 NBA Season

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The Los Angeles Lakers have had a rough couple seasons, and things might not get much better next year. They have some intriguing young talent that could give the organization hope for the future, but it will likely take them a couple of years to truly become something special. Here are five signs that the Lakers will struggle in the upcoming season.

5. Lack of Production From Summer League

Lack of Production From Summer League
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5. Lack of Production From Summer League

Lack of Production From Summer League
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Their summer league roster had a lot of talented young players who will receive a lot of playing time this season, but they failed to produce consistently. They were outplayed and need more time to develop. The regular season is a lot different than summer league, but it is alarming that they weren’t able to win more games.

4. Western Conference Stays Strong

Western Conference Stays Strong
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4. Western Conference Stays Strong

Western Conference Stays Strong
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The Western Conference is still extremely deep, and the Lakers will find it tough to crack the top eight. They might have stood a chance if they were playing in the East, but unfortunately they will have to battle it out.

3. Kobe Bryant’s Recent Health Issues

Kobe Bryant’s Recent Health Issues
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3. Kobe Bryant’s Recent Health Issues

Kobe Bryant’s Recent Health Issues
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Kobe Bryant has struggled to stay healthy, and has seen his last couple of seasons cut short. He will likely be on a strict minute count this year, and it remains to be seen how much he has left in the tank.

2. Inability To Attract Free-Agents

Inability To Attract Free-Agents
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2. Inability To Attract Free-Agents

Inability To Attract Free-Agents
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The Lakers once against struck out in free agency, and they are no longer an attractive option to free-agents. The team needed to improve their roster this offseason, but did not make enough quality moves.

1. Lack of Elite Players

Lack of Elite Players
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1. Lack of Elite Players

Lack of Elite Players
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The most glaring weakness of this Lakers’ roster is the lack of elite players. Bryant is well past his prime and must prove that he can still be a top scorer, Roy Hibbert has been too inconsistent the past couple of seasons and the team does not have much upper-tier talent besides that. Louis Williams is a an impact player off the bench, and Jordan Clarkson and D’Angelo Russell have a lot of potential, but the team needs another star player.

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