3 things the Lakers need to do to get farther next year

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Apr 19, 2023; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) and forward LeBron James (6) watch during the second half during game two of the 2023 NBA playoffs against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. Mandatory Credit: Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports /

The Lakers ended this season by getting swept in the Western Conference Finals. What can they do to improve for next season?

The Lakers had a really weird season. By midseason, they were the No. 13 seed in the Western Conference. They then traded Russell Westbrook and started to improve. LeBron James got healthy soon afterward and they made the playoffs.

The Lakers ended up winning two rounds in the playoffs before getting swept by the Nuggets. Poor play from Anthony Davis and a lack of versatility and firepower forced them to head home. They have a lot of big offseason decisions to make on restricted and unrestricted free agents but here are the goals they should be pursuing.

Lakers offseason priorities: 3. Make sure Anthony Davis and LeBron James are healthy

As LeBron James becomes the oldest active player in the NBA, he most likely won’t be healthy for a complete season ever again. Still, the Lakers can think about ways to manage his production during the season to make sure he faces the least amount of wear and tear.

With the injury histories of both of these players, it is likely that both will miss extended time due to injury. While it will most likely happen at some point next season, avoiding these types of injuries and making sure they have the depth to survive them should be a priority for the Lakers if they want to go farther next season.

Additionally, the Lakers should look to make Anthony Davis more of a priority on the offensive end. They need to find ways to make sure he is more dominant than he was in the playoffs this year. He had his moments but struggled with consistency on the offensive end of the playoffs.