2017–18 Los Angeles Lakers season

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2017–18 Los Angeles Lakers season
Head coach Luke Walton
General manager Rob Pelinka
Owner(s) Jerry Buss family trust (primary owner being Jeanie Buss as of March 27, 2017)
Arena Staples Center
Results
Record 10–16 (.385)
Place Division: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 11th (Western)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
Television Spectrum SportsNet and Spectrum Deportes
Radio 710 ESPN (English)
1020 Radio AM (Spanish)
< 2016–17 2018–19 >

The 2017–18 Los Angeles Lakers season is the franchise's 70th season, its 69th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 58th in Los Angeles.

On December 18, 2017 against the Golden State Warriors, the Lakers will retire the numbers 8 and 24 of former shooting guard Kobe Bryant, making him the first NBA player to have two numbers retired on the same team.

Draft

Round Pick Player Position Nationality College
1 2 Lonzo Ball PG  United States UCLA
1 27 Kyle Kuzma SF  United States Utah
1 30 Josh Hart SG  United States Villanova
2 42 Thomas Bryant PF/C  United States Indiana

Originally, the Lakers were at risk of losing their own first round pick this year to the Philadelphia 76ers due to the stipulations of a previous trade involving Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns and having less than 50% odds of keeping the pick despite having the third-worst record that season. However, they not only kept the pick, but also moved up a spot in the process. The Lakers will ultimately lose their first round pick for the 2018 NBA draft, regardless of whether it goes to the 76ers or the rivaling Boston Celtics later on, but they will at least keep their first round pick for the 2019 NBA draft as opposed to giving it to the Orlando Magic as a result of their Dwight Howard trade around the same period. Their original second first round pick at #28, however, came from the Houston Rockets as an incentive to trade away Lou Williams in exchange for Corey Brewer. On June 20, two days before the draft began, the Lakers would acquire a new first round pick by getting the worst of the Brooklyn Nets' first round picks at #27 alongside their star center Brook Lopez in a trade in exchange for star combo guard D'Angelo Russell and Russian center Timofey Mozgov. On draft night, though, the Lakers acquired two more picks in the draft by trading their weakest first round pick (which became power forward/center Tony Bradley from the most recent NCAA Champions in North Carolina University) to the Utah Jazz for Picks #30 & 42 in this year's draft.

With their top pick of the draft, the Lakers selected their local boy Lonzo Ball, who played point guard under his sole season at UCLA. During that time there, Lonzo averaged a season-leading 7.6 assists to go with 14.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.8 steals, and 0.8 blocks per game in 36 total games there. He also earned the Wayman Tisdale Award. the Pac-12 Freshman of The Year Award, First Team All-Pac-12 Honors, and consensus First-Team All-American Honors in the process. Next up, with the pick they acquired from the Brooklyn Nets, the Lakers took power forward Kyle Kuzma from Utah University. In Kyle's final year at Utah, he joined Lonzo in being a member of the All-Pac-12 First Team by averaging 16.4 points, 9.3 rebounds, and 2.4 assists as a junior. For their last pick in the first round of the draft, the Lakers selected senior shooting guard Josh Hart from Villanova University. Throughout his time there (which included an NCAA Championship in his junior season), Hart averaged 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game at Villanova while earning plenty of awards in each of his last three seasons there. Finally, the Lakers ended their draft night by taking sophomore power forward/center Thomas Bryant from Indiana University. In this time out in Indiana, Thomas averaged 12.2 points, 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, and nearly an assist per game throughout his college career. He also made it to the Big 10 Conference's Freshman Team and the All-Big 10 Third Team Honors in his first season there.

Roster

Los Angeles Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 2 Ball, Lonzo 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997–10–27 UCLA
G 17 Blue, Vander (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1992–07–17 Marquette
C 66 Bogut, Andrew 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 260 lb (118 kg) 1984–11–28 Utah
F 3 Brewer, Corey 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1986–03–05 Florida
C 31 Bryant, Thomas 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 248 lb (112 kg) 1997–07–31 Indiana
G 1 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–02–18 Georgia
G 4 Caruso, Alex (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1994–02–28 Texas A&M
G 6 Clarkson, Jordan 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1992–06–07 Missouri
F 9 Deng, Luol 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1985–03–16 Duke
G 10 Ennis, Tyler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 194 lb (88 kg) 1994–08–24 Syracuse
G 5 Hart, Josh (GL) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1995–03–06 Villanova
F 14 Ingram, Brandon (C) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997–09–02 Duke
F 0 Kuzma, Kyle 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–07–24 Utah
C 11 Lopez, Brook 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 268 lb (122 kg) 1988–04–01 Stanford
F 7 Nance, Larry 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1993–01–01 Wyoming
F 30 Randle, Julius 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1994–11–29 Kentucky
C 40 Zubac, Ivica (GL) 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1997–03–18 Croatia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

RosterTransactions
Last transaction: 2017–10–18


Standings

Division

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
Golden State Warriors 22 6 .786 0.0 9–3 13–3 2–1 28
Los Angeles Clippers 11 15 .423 10.0 6–7 5–8 4–1 26
Los Angeles Lakers 10 16 .385 11.0 6–7 4–9 2–5 26
Sacramento Kings 9 18 .333 12.5 5–7 4–11 3–2 27
Phoenix Suns 9 21 .300 14.0 4–12 5–9 2–4 30


Conference

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Houston Rockets * 22 4 .846 26
2 Golden State Warriors * 22 6 .786 1.0 28
3 San Antonio Spurs 19 9 .679 4.0 28
4 Minnesota Timberwolves * 16 12 .571 7.0 28
5 Denver Nuggets 15 13 .536 8.0 28
6 Portland Trail Blazers 14 13 .519 8.5 27
7 New Orleans Pelicans 15 14 .517 8.5 29
8 Oklahoma City Thunder 13 14 .481 9.5 27
9 Utah Jazz 13 15 .464 10.0 28
10 Los Angeles Clippers 11 15 .423 11.0 26
11 Los Angeles Lakers 10 16 .385 12.0 26
12 Sacramento Kings 9 18 .333 13.5 27
13 Phoenix Suns 9 21 .300 15.0 30
14 Dallas Mavericks 8 20 .286 15.0 28
15 Memphis Grizzlies 8 20 .286 15.0 28

Game log

Preseason

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 2–4 (Home: 1–2; Road: 1–2)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular season

2017–18 game log
Total: 10–16 (Home: 6–7; Road: 4–9)
2017–18 season schedule

Transactions

Trades

June 22, 2017
To Los Angeles Lakers
Brook Lopez[1]
Draft rights to Kyle Kuzma
To Brooklyn Nets
D'Angelo Russell
Timofey Mozgov
June 22, 2017
To Los Angeles Lakers
Draft rights to Josh Hart[2]
Draft rights to Thomas Bryant
To Utah Jazz
Draft rights to Tony Bradley

Free agency

Re-signed

Player Signed
Tyler Ennis[3] 2-year contract worth $3.1 million

Additions

Player Signed Former Team
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope[4] 1-year contract worth $18 million Detroit Pistons
Alex Caruso[5] Two-way contract Oklahoma City Blue
Vander Blue[6] Two-way contract Los Angeles D-Fenders
Andrew Bogut 1-year contract worth $2.3 million Cleveland Cavaliers

Subtractions

Player Reason left New Team
Tarik Black[7] Waived Houston Rockets
Nick Young[8] 1-year contract worth $5.2 million Golden State Warriors
David Nwaba[9] Waived Chicago Bulls
Metta World Peace Unrestricted free agent New Orleans Gators / Retired
Thomas Robinson Unrestricted free agent Russia BC Khimki

References

  1. ^ "Lakers acquire Brook Lopez, Kyle Kuzma in trade with Brooklyn". nba.com/lakers. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Lakers acquire Josh Hart, Thomas Bryant in trade with Utah". nba.com/lakers. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 22, 2017. 
  3. ^ "Lakers Sign Tyler Ennis". NBA.com/lakers. July 26, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Lakers sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope". NBA.com/lakers. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Lakers sign Alex Caruso". NBA.com/lakers. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Lakers Sign Vander Blue". NBA.com. October 18, 2017. Retrieved October 18, 2017. 
  7. ^ "Lakers waive Tarik Black". NBA.com/lakers. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 1, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Warriors sign free agent guard Nick Young". NBA.com/warriors. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Lakers waive David Nwaba". NBA.com/lakers. July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 12, 2017. 

External links

  • Official website
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