It's been another busy offseason for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Coming off of a first-round loss to the Phoenix Suns in the 2021 NBA Playoffs, the Lakers opened the summer with a bang in acquiring Russell Westbrook from the Washington Wizards. Since then, they've rounded out their roster with a number of signings in free agency, from Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard to Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn.

Each one of them brings something different to the table, but all that matters is how they complement LeBron James and Anthony Davis as they pursue their second title together.

With that in mind, let's take a closer look at how each one of the team's newest additions fit.

 

Russell Westbrook

Deal: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Montrezl Harrell, Kyle Kuzma and the draft rights to Isaiah Jackson for Westbrook and three future second-round picks

We've already covered Westbrook's addition quite a bit, both in written and video form.

The skinny: Westbrook remains one of the league's best playmakers and is better equipped than Dennis Schroder to take some of the burden off of LeBron offensively. (This is your reminder that LeBron will enter his age-37 season ranking sixth all-time in regular season minutes and first in postseason minutes. It wouldn't hurt for him to play the long game at this point of his career). His limitations as a shooter could become a problem in the playoffs - teams will almost certainly help off of him to clog the paint - but he has the tools to wreak havoc as a cutter, roller and offensive rebounder next to LeBron and Davis.

Whether it's enough to get the Lakers back to the mountain top, we'll see, but there aren't many teams with their level of star power. It's going to be fun to see if they can figure it out, because it has the potential to be pretty special.

 

Carmelo Anthony

Deal: One year, $2.6 million

Anthony posted the second-highest 3-point attempt rate (the percentage of his shots that came from the perimeter) of his career last season. Not only that, but he made a career-best 40.9 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Primarily a stretch four at this point of his career, Anthony will look to space the floor for LeBron and Davis in the same way he did for Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum in Portland.