Ever since the NBA trade deadline last month, the one team that has made the most noise after making substantial trades is the Los Angeles Lakers.
The additions of D’Angelo Russell, Malik Beasley and Jarred Vanderbilt, as well as the departures of Russell Westbrook, Thomas Bryant and Patrick Beverley, have all seemingly been steps in the right direction for the storied NBA franchise.
However, a lot of pundits have been ready to dub the Lakers as title contenders in a weak Western Conference, which is ridiculous, according to NBA Insider Ric Bucher.
.@RicBucher: The Lakers shouldn't be feared in the West. pic.twitter.com/JBP6q1yuVz
— Speak (@SpeakOnFS1) March 30, 2023
With the Lakers being one of the most successful and prominent professional sports franchises in the world, the team gets a lot of positive press when things are going right and terrible when things are going poorly.
As Bucher pointed out, the Lakers have won six of their last 10 games, which means things are trending in the right direction for a team that has been below .500 for most of the season.
However, consistency has been a problem for Los Angeles, as the team proved in their two-game series with the Chicago Bulls this week.
The Lakers split the two games they played against the Bulls this week, with one game being a disaster and the other being the complete opposite.
Once the NBA playoffs roll around, the key to success is consistency, and if a team can’t play at the same level from night to night, then it’ll be a short postseason, which is a very likely scenario for the inconsistent Lakers.NEXT: Analyst Says It's Time To Start Changing The Narrative About 1 NBA Player