Big man JaVale McGee is coming off an excellent season for the Los Angeles Lakers and figures to once again play a major role for the purple and gold. When healthy, McGee proved to be an interior force last season as he averaged over two blocks per game while functioning as an excellent roll target on the offensive end. Joining JaVale in 2019-2020 is former Laker Dwight Howard. Despite signing a non-guaranteed contract as a gamble on himself, Howard seems to be in some of the best shape of his career and could be the missing piece that rounds out the Lakers’ frontcourt.
The Lakers’ two big men have done an excellent job at setting the tone for Laker practices so far by all accounts. Aside from playing quality minutes, the two have brought a physical mindset to the early training camp practices and have even gotten superstar Anthony Davis in on the mix.
The Lakers have the size to take advantage of many teams in today’s small-ball NBA and working to establish that aggressive mindset early in camp is a good sign for the team moving forward. Especially for a team that has struggled defensively in recent years, the increased intensity should help to get players more locked in and focused on that side of the basketball.