How the NBA’s best players can earn their way onto LeBron James’ 2018-19 roster
Jumping from NBA teams to the highest levels of the sport is an incredibly rewarding endeavor.
From being a rookie to an All-Star, it can take years to find the right fit.
With that in mind, the Los Angeles Lakers have had a hard time finding their way to the top of the league.
They’ve been around for almost five decades, but have never been as consistent as they are now.
They just won a title.
Now, the Lakers are looking to get back to their glory days.
They have a lot of young talent and a very strong roster, so they’re trying to get them to help their cause.
But, the problem is, many of the young players are still new to the NBA and have yet to figure out their roles.
Here are five of the NBA rookies that could be on the Lakers next roster: Leonard, K.J. McDaniels and Emmanuel Mudiay.
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He’s a great shooter and is a good defender.
Emmanuel The King has been in the league since the start of the 2015-16 season and is the first African-American player to earn an All American honor.
He has the potential to be an elite point guard in the NBA.
The second-round pick of the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2017 NBA Draft, the 22-year-old Domingez is an athletic guard who has developed into a great passer.
He is extremely athletic, good on both ends of the floor and has an ability to defend multiple positions.
This is the most intriguing prospect on the roster.
Isaac is a 6-foot-9 forward who can play both center and power forward.
He can score from deep, and has the ability to guard both big men and power forwards.
He was an all-conference selection last season and earned the 2017-18 Wooden Award.
Middleton is an 18-year old guard who is a bit undersized at 6-7, but can shoot the ball from beyond the arc.
He played for a number of schools, but he decided to attend UCLA this past season after he was told that the school was not good enough to be considered for him.
He shot .846 from the floor in the NCAA tournament.
Nando De Colo.
De Colo is a 19-year veteran of the Los Angeles Lakers organization who has played in just over 30 NBA games this season.
He is an excellent defender and plays a big role on the defensive end of the court.
He also has the skill set to play both power forward and center.
Mudiays athleticism is off the charts.
He plays a small forward role in the Lakers offense and can be a strong 3-point shooter.
He averaged 18.3 points per game last season, including 7.8 points per shot.
Richardson is a veteran big man who can shoot from deep and rebound.
He had his best season as a pro last year and was the most efficient player in the conference last season.
He averages 15.6 points per contest, but will need to continue improving his perimeter shooting to make an impact on the next level.
Brown is an undersized big man.
He could potentially play the center position, but has never been drafted that high.
Young is a guard who played at the University of Kentucky before switching to basketball for college.
In addition to his game, he’s also a talented passer.
Smart is a 5-foot, 11-year NBA veteran who has been with the Los Angels since the 2012-13 season.
This is the type of player who could be a big part of the Lakers rebuilding effort, as he has been one of the most consistent players in the country this season for the team.
Russell is a 7-footer who can run a team offense and shoot from the perimeter.
His defensive skills and ability to score from distance should be an asset for a Lakers team looking to rebuild.
Another guard who could use some time with the team, the 26-year olds shooting guard has been an effective player for the Lakers.
He showed his potential last season when he averaged 20.7 points per night, which was a career-high for him in his first year in the system.
Garrett Temple. Tem