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Certainly a controversial addition to this list, considering they are the only team listed with a sub-.500 record, and they are one of the older teams on the list, but regardless, the Los Angeles Lakers have, without a doubt, been the biggest disappointment so far.
After firing head coach Mike Brown following a tumultuous start, the Lakers hoped that abandoning their former coach’s controversial Princeton Offense would turn things around.
Well, unfortunately for the Lakers and new head coach Mike D’Antoni, it hasn’t.
Although they have supposed defensive stalwart Dwight Howard, the Lakers are still 25th worst in the league in stopping teams from scoring in the paint, and they’re also allowing a league worst 16.5 fastbreak points per game. The Lakers just aren’t stopping other teams from scoring.
Dwight and his front court mates like Antawn Jamison or Jordan Hill are slow to rotate, and as a result the Lakers’ lax perimeter defense is allowing opponents to coast to the rim uncontested. They’re also a turnover prone team; and combine a terrible transition offense with a high turnover rate and you have a recipe for disaster.
Talent-wise at every five positions, you can’t get more talented than Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant on the same roster. Of course, the latter two are both almost 40, but they’re still capable of playing at a high level.
Although Nash has been out a leg injury, it’s still no excuse for the team’s poor play. The Lakers have the talent to win a title, but whether they have the collective ability to execute on defense and stay healthy remain questionable.
Unless there’s a dramatic turn around, we may be in for one of the biggest flops in recent memory. The Lakers are currently 9-12, and with no sign of considerable improvement, the "Lakeshow" is currently a mediocre hodgepodge of big names and big disappointment.
This is a team that has all the potential in the world with its array of talent, but the results on the court are nothing short of disappointing. With virtually no young players making a huge impact, the Lakers’ front office is basically all-in on a gamble for their aged vets to win a title.
We have yet to see the Lakers’ best, and whether we eventually will remain to be seen.