1. Lou Williams Brings the Instant Offense That Los Angeles Lakers Desperately Need

    Lou Williams is known for doing one thing exceptionally well—scoring buckets with the flash of a superhero, albeit in the body of a 175-pound humanoid...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 7 months ago 18,572 reads 63 comments

  2. Los Angeles Lakers' Next Era Will Be Headlined by D'Angelo Russell

    For a 19-year-old rookie who has yet to play in the NBA , D’Angelo Russell exudes a remarkable sense of confidence and sangfroid. After Monday’s practice for the upcoming summer-league games in Las Vegas, the Los Angeles Lakers ' No...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 7 months ago 158,060 reads 420 comments

  3. Ed Davis Got Lost in the Shuffle of L.A. Lakers' Offseason

    The Los Angeles Lakers ’ waiting game during the first week of summer free-agency cost them dearly when Ed Davis walked away...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 7 months ago 47,713 reads 107 comments

  4. Why Anthony Brown Can Help Fill Los Angeles Lakers Glaring Need at Small Forward

    As the Los Angeles Lakers continue their so-far fruitless free-agent quest, they may already have an answer at the small forward position—Anthony Brown. The Stanford graduate was selected by L...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 7 months ago 20,591 reads 2 comments

  5. Los Angeles Lakers Must Turn Free-Agent Focus to Filling Obvious Hole at Center

    The official start of NBA free agency has arrived, and the Los Angeles Lakers are hard at work looking to plug a gaping frontcourt hole. Time is somewhat relative, as the 12:01 a...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 7 months ago 42,762 reads 124 comments

  6. Why Robert Upshaw Can Be Steal of the 2015 NBA Draft for Los Angeles Lakers

    Robert Upshaw is a 7-foot, shot-blocking savant. Dare to encroach upon his paint, and he will crush you...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 7 months ago 178,632 reads 225 comments

  7. Report Card Grades for the Los Angeles Lakers' 2015 NBA Draft

    By the time the clock wound down on Thursday night, the Los Angeles Lakers had selected an interesting if perhaps unexpected nucleus of rookie talent...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 56,678 reads 103 comments

  8. Lakers' 2015 NBA Draft Pick Will Define Franchise Direction for Next 10 Years

    Basic logic would have the Los Angeles Lakers securing Jahlil Okafor with their No. 2 selection on draft night and living happily ever after—or at least for the next decade...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 28,334 reads 151 comments

  9. Why Wayne Ellington Should Return to Los Angeles Lakers Next Season

    It may have gone largely unnoticed during a generally miserable year, but Wayne Ellington heads into summer free agency on the heels of his best NBA season...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 19,596 reads 65 comments

  10. Why Kristaps Porzingis Could Be the Shocker of the 2015 NBA Draft Class

    Don’t look now, but there’s a mystery teen from Latvia zooming up NBA draft boards. Kristaps Porzingis—a spindly 7’1” specimen with a fluid skill ...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 42,985 reads 206 comments

  11. Why Jabari Brown Can Be the Los Angeles Lakers' Biggest Surprise Next Season

    With the Los Angeles Lakers ' cringe-worthy record transitioning into the excitement of the upcoming NBA draft, smaller stories can get lost in the shuffle. A case in point is Jabari Brown, an unheralded shooting guard who could become L...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 96,110 reads 114 comments

  12. Los Angeles Lakers Must Use 2015 NBA Draft to Find Dominant Big Man Again

    The Los Angeles Lakers belong to a league that has become increasingly guard-centric in recent years. But this storied franchise can’t use its No. 2 draft pick on a ball-handling prodigy...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 32,892 reads 224 comments

  13. Nick Young Facing Final Chance to Stay Home with Los Angeles Lakers

    One year ago, Nick Young was coming off a career-best season and about to re-sign with the Los Angeles Lakers on a lucrative new deal. But now, he’s merely an afterthought—a veteran vagabond on a team that’s all about the future...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 33,330 reads 110 comments

  14. Should the Los Angeles Lakers Trade Their No. 27 Pick In the 2015 NBA Draft?

    The Los Angeles Lakers did not come away from a mostly wretched season empty-handed—they collected the Nos. 2, 27 and 34 picks in the upcoming NBA draft. That’s not bad as far as consolation prizes go...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 50,135 reads 189 comments

  15. Julius Randle's Versatility Unlocks LA Lakers' Options for 2015 Offseason

    It’s easy to forget the promise Julius Randle represented for the Los Angeles Lakers before a broken leg robbed him of his rookie season. But with last year’s No...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 60,274 reads 119 comments

  16. Ranking the Los Angeles Lakers' Best Options with No. 34 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

    The Los Angeles Lakers struck gold on the night of the lottery when their fourth-worst record in the NBA turned into the No. 2 draft pick. But there is also real value in the team’s No...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 45,483 reads 107 comments

  17. Jordan Hill's Greatest Value to LA Lakers Rebuild Is as a Massive Trade Chip

    Sometimes, a career year is just not enough to earn an invite back—take the case of Jordan Hill and the Los Angeles Lakers . The team has a $9 million option on the 6’10” big man, but it also possesses the No...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 40,221 reads 202 comments

  18. The Case to Embrace Jahlil Okafor as LA Lakers No. 2 Pick in the 2015 NBA Draft

    In less than a month, the Los Angeles Lakers are likely to use their No. 2 draft pick on Duke’s Jahlil Okafor—a low-post prodigy whose game evokes memories of giants of the past...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 78,332 reads 266 comments

  19. 6 Prospects Los Angeles Lakers Should Consider with 27th Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

    The Los Angeles Lakers received a lot of attention when they moved up to the second overall pick during the recent NBA draft lottery...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 8 months ago 69,193 reads 202 comments

  20. Los Angeles Lakers Could Turn to Trade Market for Answer at Small Forward

    The search for answers at the small forward position by the Los Angeles Lakers has been a difficult thing to watch. There was the 2013 promise shown by Xavier Henry before a torn Achilles tendon derailed his hoops dreams...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 9 months ago 80,652 reads 252 comments

  21. LA Lakers Should Want Karl-Anthony Towns over Jahlil Okafor in 2015 NBA Draft

    The 2015 NBA draft is still a month away, and for Los Angeles Lakers fans, that time will largely be spent on one central debate—who’s the better fit, Karl-Anthony Towns of Kentucky or Jahlil Okafor of Duke? With the No...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 9 months ago 55,451 reads 209 comments

  22. How Los Angeles Lakers' Future Changes with the No. 2 Pick in 2015 NBA Draft

    For one glorious night, the bitter taste of the Los Angeles Lakers ’ historically bad season was washed away with new hope for the future. L.A...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 9 months ago 60,674 reads 284 comments

  23. 2015 NBA Draft Prospects Guaranteed to Interest the Los Angeles Lakers

    The Los Angeles Lakers entered the 2015 NBA Draft Lottery Tuesday night with a lot at stake—an 82.8 percent chance of keeping their top-five-protected draft pick...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 9 months ago 13,933 reads 25 comments

  24. Los Angeles Lakers Must Go All Out to Make NBA Playoffs Next Season

    There are certain accepted norms in sports, and one is that the Los Angeles Lakers are almost always a prominent part of the playoffs...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 9 months ago 34,378 reads 145 comments

  25. Eric Bledsoe's Superstar Evolution Will Be Critical to Phoenix Suns' Future

    The Phoenix Suns will head into next season with renewed expectations and armed with a budding superstar in Eric Bledsoe . And make no bones about it, Phoenix desperately needs its starting point guard to become something truly special...

    David  Murphy Written by David Murphy about 9 months ago 3,357 reads 12 comments