|Team Ranking||PTS/G||OPP PTS/G|
|Pacific Division||104.6 (4th)||111.5 (4th)|
Fri Mar 24
|W 130 - 119||MIN|
Sun Mar 26
|L 97 - 81||POR|
Tue Mar 28
|L 119 - 108||WAS|
Thu Mar 30
|L 119 - 104||at MIN|
Sat Apr 1
|L 115 - 104||at LAC|
Sun Apr 2
|W 108 - 103||MEM|
Wed Apr 5
|W 102 - 95||at SA|
Fri Apr 7
|W 98 - 94||SAC|
Sun Apr 9
|W 110 - 109||MIN|
Tue Apr 11
|W 108 - 96||NO|
Wed Apr 12
|L 109 - 94||at GS|
The flashy freshman from UCLA averaged 14.7 points, 7.6 assists and 6.1 rebounds on the year while leading the nation in assists, proving he can ball bigger than most in his class. Born-and-raised in southern California, Ball is a seamless fit in LA and figures to take over as the starting point guard, especially given the recent departure of D'Angelo Russell. The 6-6, 190-pound point guard isn't necessarily a go-to scorer at the moment -- although he was a dependable three point shooter with the Bruins -- but his court vision, passing abilities and unselfishness as a ball handler make Ball the cornerstone of the Lakers' rebuild. Ball is solid defensively with a knack to force turnovers and lead the transition down court, which often leads to high percentage shots. In today's NBA, Ball has the potential to be a top-level playmaker for years to come, especially if he's able to evolve into a consistent scoring threat.
Young will decline his $5.6 million player option for the 2017-18 season and become an unrestricted free agent, Brad Turner of the Los Angeles Times reports.
After the Lakers dangled Young's name out in trade rumors over the past few years, he had somewhat of a surprise resurgence during the 2016-17 campaign, averaging 13.2 points, 2.3 rebounds, 1.0 assist and 2.8 three-pointers across 60 games. However, the Lakers are currently shedding contracts and cap space with the hope of landing some big free agents over the next few summers, so it remains to be seen if they'll be willing to re-up Young, who should be able to lock in a raise from the $5.6 million he was slated to make. No matter who picks up Young, he's largely limited to his value as a three-point shooter, as he struggles to offer much elsewhere in the box score.
Zubac started in 10 consecutive games to close out his rookie campaign and was gaining momentum heading into the offseason. That all changes with the addition of Lopez, though, as Lopez is the favorite to start and see the lion's share of minutes at center this coming season. With Timofey Mozgov headed to Brooklyn, Zubac will seemingly serve as the main backup to Lopez and have only limited fantasy value in a reserve role. Lopez only has one more year remaining on his current contract, so Zubac still has significant keeper value.
Mozgov and D'Angelo Russell will be traded to the Nets in exchange for Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports reports.
With the Lakers attempting to get a better look at some of their younger prospects, Mozgov was shut down during the second half of the 2016-17 campaign. That limited him to just 54 games, for which he averaged 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds over 20.4 minutes. While the move to Brooklyn offers the chance at a fresh start, he's not necessarily guaranteed a huge role, as the Nets essentially took on his contract in an effort to secure the younger and higher upside player in D'Angelo Russell. That said, with Lopez heading to Los Angeles, the Nets currently have just Quincy Acy, Justin Hamilton and Trevor Booker as bigger frontcourt players, so barring any splashy free agent pick-ups in July, Mozgov should at least be a rotation player in Brooklyn.
Lopez was on an expiring $22.6 million deal for the 2017-18 campaign, so the Nets opted to ship him out and at least get some value back before losing him in free agency in the summer of 2018. While the Nets had to take on the final three years of an ugly four-year, $64 million contract for Mozgov, they at least received the promising young guard Russell, who was the second overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft. Lopez should take on a hefty role in the frontcourt for the Lakers, which is a tough blow for the outlook of the up-and-coming Ivica Zubac.
|2016-17 Team Leaders|
|PPG||D'Angelo Russell , PG||15.6|
|RPG||Julius Randle , PF||8.6|
|APG||D'Angelo Russell , PG||4.8|
|FG%||Julius Randle , PF||48.7|
|FT%||Jordan Clarkson , PG||79.8|
|3P%||Nick Young , SG||40.4|
|BLOCKS||Tarik Black , C||44|
|STEALS||Jordan Clarkson , PG||89|
|MPG||Jordan Clarkson , PG||29.2|
|Full Team Statistics|