|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Pacific Division||97.3 (5th)||106.9 (3rd)|
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Even though he's tentatively penciled in as a starter for the Lakers, who inked him to a four-year, $72 million deal this summer, Deng should see a reduction in the 32.4 minutes per game he averaged with the Heat in 2015-16. With No. 2 overall pick Brandon Ingram and second-year forward Larry Nance both in need of further development, coach Luke Walton figures to find playing time for the duo, which may result in Deng having to sacrifice a few minutes as the season wears on. While Deng's fantasy ceiling is capped as a result, he'll still provide his owners with respectable production in the points, three-pointers and rebounds categories.
Lakers coach Luke Walton said in a recent interview that Ingram would open his rookie season in a bench role, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports. "We're not going to throw [Ingram] into the starting lineup right away," Walton said. "We're not going to play him 40 minutes a night. It's going to be a gradual process."
A highly skilled player with a massive wing span, strong work ethic and outside shooting ability, Ingram is expected to serve as a cornerstone of the Lakers' rebuilding effort, but the team will have the luxury of easing the rookie into his professional career. The team signed veteran Luol Deng in free agency this summer, and he'll presumably fill the void in the starting lineup at small forward left by the retirement of Kobe Bryant. Ingram is in line to serve as Deng's top backup, and could also see minutes at shooting guard behind projected starter Jordan Clarkson. The presence of Deng and Clarkson means a pathway to more than 25 minutes per game may be difficult for Ingram, but he still remains a prime asset in dynasty formats. If he adds some more strength to his willowy frame, Ingram could make tremendous strides throughout the season and take a massive leap in his second season.
Randle had seven stitches removed from his right hand Tuesday and will enter training camp without any restrictions, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
Randle suffered a cut between his middle and ring finger in late August during a workout and required medical treatment, but was still able to perform shooting drills since his left hand is his dominant hand. Though the Lakers indicated that Randle will have the two affected fingers taped for about a month, it shouldn't impact his availability for drills during camp. Look for Randle to take another step forward in his production after ranking first among all second-year players in 2015-16 with 34 double-doubles.
Robinson was perhaps the most intriguing player left on a barren free-agent market and could prove to be a nice bargain pickup for the Lakers. After being drafted as the No. 5 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Robinson has largely failed to live up to expectations and has will now join his sixth different organization, but he made promising progress late last season. In addition to suiting up in a career-high 71 games for the rebuilding Nets, Robinson closed the year with six double-doubles in a seven-game stretch before he was shut down with a minor knee injury. Robinson isn't a lock to make the Lakers' roster, but his draft pedigree and strong finish to the season may give him a leg up on his primary competition for the team's 15th spot, Yi Jianlian.
Earlier this offseason, World Peace indicated he had no intentions of retiring, but it wasn't certain if any NBA teams were interested in bringing him aboard as he enters his age-37 season. After spending the 2014-15 season in the Chinese Basketball Association, World Peace returned stateside to spend 2015-16 with the Lakers, with whom he won an NBA title in 2010. He ended up filling only a minor role off the bench for the team, appearing in 35 games and averaging 5.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists over 16.9 minutes per season. If he's able to break camp with the Lakers this time around, look for World Peace to again function as a deep reserve and veteran voice in a locker room that's now without Kobe Bryant.
|2015-16 Team Leaders|
|PPG||Kobe Bryant , SG||17.6|
|RPG||Julius Randle , PF||10.2|
|APG||D'Angelo Russell , PG||3.3|
|FG%||Jordan Clarkson , PG||43.3|
|FT%||Brandon Bass , PF||84.5|
|3P%||D'Angelo Russell , PG||35.1|
|BLOCKS||Roy Hibbert , C||110|
|STEALS||D'Angelo Russell , PG||93|
|MPG||Jordan Clarkson , PG||32.3|
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