August 5th 2018 EDIT: With the Summer League coming to a conclusion and the Lakers roster probably just about what it's gonna be. Might make a minor addition or two, but in all likelihood the Lakers current roster is what we'll see opening night. Lonzo Ball as well as Kuzma were the stars of Summer League. Yes it's just Summer League, but I see no reason why their skills won't translate to real basketball. Lonzo just looks like a generational type playmaker and point guard. Kuzma looks like a guy who can be that two way stretch PF the Lakers haven't had since Lamar Odom. Then you add in the fact that they upgraded by signing Caldwell Pope and acquiring Brook Lopez. Two definite upgrades at those spots. Two legit starters at the SG and C position. I'm expecting a ten game improvement at least. I expect Lonzo to seriously contend and probably be the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. Kuzma may take Randle's starting spot or at worst push him. Randle looks to be in the best shape of his life so he may just break out. KCP gives us a legit perimeter defender and wing who's also capable of filling it up. Lopez gives this team a legit 20 ppg scorer. Brandon Ingram should continue to develop and progress. In his one game at Summer League looked like a completely different player then the young kid who struggled to find his way as a rookie. Not expecting him to develop into an All Star in Year 2 (although I do see a few ASG appearances in Ingram's future.), however I'm expecting him to progress as a shooter as well as being to fight through contact on both ends of the court. The West is loaded as it always is so making the playoffs is gonna be a very difficult task. Some may think that's out of the question. I am not one of those people. What I've seen from this Lonzo Ball kid and the immediate impact and effect he's had on his teammates, the already established chemistry with Kuzma, getting some legit veteran talent around him, a good coaching staff doing a good utilizing his strengths, and at the end of the day I just see a guy who could very catapult this team to a place they haven't been since Kobe snapped his Achilles. That's the NBA playoffs. I really believe this kid is that special. Maybe he doesn't do it, but at worst he makes this Lakers team exciting again after the last several years of dreadful Lakers basketball and makes them fun to watch again. You can call me crazy, but I'm gonna go ahead and predict the Los Angeles Lakers will return to the playoffs this season as a 7th or 8th seed.