When Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant split up, Shaq joined the Heat and won a championship. Kobe was left on a very mediocre LA Laker team, and was a volume shooter who was even called a 'ball-hog.'
Similar to that scenario is when Durant and Westbrook split up, because Durant joined the Golden State Warriors and Westbrook was left with a very average OKC team.
Durant went on to win a championship while Westbrook averaged a triple double and won the MVP. I'm not predicting Westbrook to be a 5x NBA champion like Bryant, but to me Westbrook is a better player than Durant.
Next year, I believe Westbrook will again have a better year than Durant,
Paul George is a better fit for Westbrook and it's simply because George knows it's Westbrook's team.
Westbrook and Durant were clearly unable to distinguish who should've been at the helm.
Now that is not a problem, because George is aware he is joining the Westbrook led Thunder. I believe the two stars will co exist, win a minimum of 50 games, and possibly reach the Western Conference Finals.
I believe the Rockets will not get past the second round because of Mike D'Antoni, not Chris Paul and James Harden battling for point guard duties.
I've came to this thought because when D'Antoni was coaching the Suns he was terrific, and that was because he had one star in his offense, 2x MVP Steve Nash.
D'Antoni was even last year's Coach Of The Year, that is because his offense had one star, which was MVP runner-up Harden.
In New York D'Antoni only looked impressive during Linsanity. When Carmelo Anthony and Jermey Lin took the court together, the Knicks fell apart.
In LA when D'Antoni coached the Lakers and had Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol, and Steve Nash his offense looked awful.
Gasol wasn't even seeing the court, because D'Antoni could not make it work with more than one star.
With that being said I believe Mike D'Antoni is only a great coach when he has one star for his offense.
If the Rocket land Anthony they'll do even worse.
I still do not love the Dangelo Russell Brook Lopez trade, since I believe Russell will become an All Star.
However, Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka drafted very well their first year on the job.
Laker's rookies Lonzo Ball, Kyle Kuzma, Josh Hart, and Thomas Bryant look great in the NBA Summer League.
Lonzo is showing he has rare court vision as well as having command over the offense. Ball is a true floor general, who loves passing and every Laker on the summer team is passing without thought.
Kyle Kuzma looks like a steal at #27 overall, Thomas Bryant a center who can shoot the 3, also looks like a good pick.
Second year player Brandon Ingram is showing the work he put in during the off season.
Ingram showed his superstar potential when he looked like a man amongst boys, in the Lakers first summer game.
As of now it appears the Lakers have a full roster, but they only have one point guard.
Lonzo Ball is the only point guard the Lakers have, that's if the roster is what I think it'll be.
I believe the Lakers will carry these 13 players:
Larry Nance JR
It is possible the Lakers keep Vander Blue or Alex Caruso on their roster, but I'm not sure who they would drop for those players. Possibly Bryant or Hart.
Because the West is so tough, the Lakers will be lucky to win 30-39 games.
Daniel Farr. Journalist. Sports fan. College student. https://soundcloud.com/user-731370183.