In the modern NBA, advanced stats have become an increasingly popular tool. Fans, analysts, and front offices alike use metrics to make determinations about the value of players and lineup combinations.
This isn’t a currently existing metric, but we wish somebody would measure a team’s combined career Win Shares relatively to their final win/loss record. If they did, the 2021-22 Los Angeles Lakers may have the worst mark in history.
Between LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, and Anthony Davis, this team was supposed to be a powerhouse. To put it politely, they were not.
In fact, their 33-win season was one of the biggest flops in the history of the league.
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It’s hard to say where the Lakers go from here. With that said, they certainly ought to make changes this summer. Trading Russell Westbrook feels like a sensible one. His inability to complement LeBron James cost the Lakers a lot of games last season.
Here’s a deal that sends him to the New York Knicks in exchange for Julius Randle.