2019-20 Los Angeles Lakers Season In Review

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

We’re going to be doing Season In Review’s for each NBA team during the 2019-20 season. We’re going to start off with the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Lakers went 52-19 for the best record in the Western Conference. Once the league returned from a long hiatus due to the coronavirus virus, Los Angeles won its 17th NBA Championship in the league’s NBA Bubble in Orlando, Florida.

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James attempts a shot against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2020 NBA Finals
LeBron James attempts a shot against the Miami Heat in Game 5 of the 2020 NBA Finals (Photo by the Los Angeles Lakers/Instagram)

Their NBA Championship tied the Lakers with their long-time rivals, the Boston Celtics, who won their 17th NBA Championship during the 2007-08 season.

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Rajon Rondo was actually on both teams — the Celtics and Lakers — when they both won their 17th NBA Championship.

The Lakers averaged 113.4 points per game. That was the 11th-best average on the season.

Their defense allowed 107.6 points per contest. Frank Vogel’s team had the fourth-best defense in the league.

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Los Angles was pushed to six games by the Miami Heat. The Lakers won 106-93 in the series-clinching contest.

The Heat defeated the Lakers in Game 5 with a 111-108 win. The Lakers won Game 4 with a 102-96 win to go up 3-1 in the series.

Los Angeles won the first two games in the series, before dropping the third game to the Heat, 115-104.

The Heat were without two of their best players for much of the series. Bam Adebayo and Goran Dragić — who were injured in the first game of the season — then barely played at all in the remaining games of the series.

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Lakers star LeBron James cried out for his respect after winning the championship. This caused a lot of fans to dislike him even more.

James is now 4-6 all-time in the NBA Finals. There are many journalists and talking-heads, who believe that the NBA insisted that the Lakers and James — who is the face of the league — play in The Finals since people were tuning out at an alarming rate due to the Black Lives Matter and equality messages on the jerseys.

This has caused Adam Silver to announce that the messages will not be back when the league returns for its new season. This was statistically the worst NBA Finals in terms of ratings in league history.

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The Lakers went 16-5 in the playoffs. Los Angeles had to go through the Portland Trail Blazers, Houston Rockets, and the Denver Nuggets, before defeating the aforementioned Heat.

The team had a lackluster record following the coronavirus outbreak that hit the world back in March. When the NBA returned in its bubble in Orlando, Florida, the Lakers went 3-5.

Their only wins in the final eight games came against the Los Angeles Clippers, Utah Jazz, and the Nuggets.

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When the league shut down in March, the Lakers had a 50-14 record.

Anthony Davis — who was acquired in the off-season in a blockbuster deal with the New Orleans Pelicans — led the Lakers with 26.1 points per game. He also averaged 9.3 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 1.5 steals, and 2.3 blocks per game in 34.4 minutes per contest.

James was the team’s second-leading scorer, as he had 25.3 points per game. He added 7.8 rebounds, 10.2 assists, 1.2 steals, and 0.5 blocks in 34.6 minutes per game.

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After those two, there was a huge drop-off, as Kyle Kuzma was the team’s third-leading scorer on the season at 12.8 points per game. Dion Waiters — who joined the team after being released by the Memphis Grizzles — averaged 11.9 points in seven games.

Waiters signed with the Lakers on March 6th. He was the last addition before the coronavirus break, before J.R. Smith signed with the team in July as a replacement for Avery Bradley.

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