The Los Angeles Lakers are supposed to dominate the Western Conference with their Big 3 of LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. James and Davis have already won a championship together, and Westbrook is trying to help add another ring to their fingers.
Yet if the preseason is any indication of what’s to come, the Lakers won’t be raising a banner to start next season.
Russell Westbrook has been awful this preseason. He’s been a turnover machine. Westbrook is averaging nearly three turnovers per made field goal. That’s unacceptable and can’t continue if the Lakers want to have a serious chance at winning a championship.
The Lakers’ biggest competition isn’t even in the Western Conference. The Brooklyn Nets are the biggest threat to the Lakers’ championship aspirations. Even if Kyrie Irving doesn’t play this season, Kevin Durant and James Harden are enough to be a credible threat.
Westbrook’s turnovers need to either stop or his field goals need to come up. Either way, if Westbrook’s play continues along these lines, he will become a detriment to the team rather than a plus. He’s averaged around five turnovers a game for the last five seasons. Through three preseason games, he’s averaged seven.
Westbrook has always been less efficient than most people would like, but his efficiency and ball security need to be at an all-time high considering that his lack of shooting creates spacing issues for the rest of the team.
None of this will matter if Westbrook, James and Davis get on the same page and start rolling. Nevertheless, the Lakers need to have a plan in place in case this doesn’t fix itself.
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