The Los Angeles Lakers have generated a significant amount of buzz around the franchise after a big-splash offseason that was headlined by the addition of All-Star forward LeBron James.
This has put a high level of expectations on the team heading into next season that could see them become one of the contending teams in the Western Conference. According to BetOnline.ag, the Lakers are currently listed as the second-favorites to win the Pacific Division in the 2018-19 season behind the Golden State Warriors.
Among each of these teams outside of the Warriors, the Lakers look like the team best suited to challenge the defending champions for the division title. The Warriors are still the overwhelming favorites to win the division that may have only grown strong with the addition of All-Star center DeMarcus Cousins to the mix to their already loaded roster that features four other All-Stars. This may continue to remain the same, but Los Angeles has now entered the picture as a promising team with James leading the charge.
The 33-year-old is still playing some of the best basketball of his career heading into his 16th year in the league while the front office has blended a mixture of young promising talent and proven veteran around him. The Lakers are poised to be one of the most improved teams next season that could be a highly entertaining watch on a daily basis with arguably the best player in the league leading the way.
Los Angeles will be one of the biggest attention grabbers nationally with James in the fold joining one of the most historic franchises in the league. What this does more than anything else is build up the level of anticipation for next season even further with it being around the corner with training camp beginning at the end of this month.
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