Roster - LA Lakers
DeMarre Carroll: is excited about the upcoming season, his first full season in a Laker uniform after being acquired in January 2016 in a deal for Iman Shumpert. Since joining the team Carroll has slotted in nicely filling the void left by the departure of former NLL Finals MVP Andre Iguodala as the teams’ starting SF. He averaged 9.4 points on 0.47fg and 0.37 3fg as well as 5.3 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 0.9 steals per game in 52 starts. Whilst not eye-popping numbers, consistency was the key for Carroll and this will be his calling card going into 2017/18 where he figures to once again hold down the starting SF position and possibly even slide to the four at times. At 31 years of age Carroll is likely seen by many gms around the league as a spent force but with 2 years left on a ‘reasonably priced’ (in today’s NLL) contract Lakers management see him as a solid ‘3 and D’ asset on the wing.
2-Way Play: “At 6’8 and with good athleticism DeMarre is what alot of teams are looking for when it comes to a 3-man. We feel that he can really lead the way for our younger guys on how to play Laker basketball.” The Lakers have always been known as a 2-way team with management preferring to take wing players who fight for every possession on both ends of court. And with Jonathon Simmons signing on for a few years and new recruits Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot and rookie Damyean Dotson along with Josh Huestis all possessing the physical traits to be excellent 2-way players it will be incumbent on Carroll to set the example.
Team Ball: As for Carroll he sees the departure of future NLL Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade as a chance for the team to share the ball more. “Of course when you’ve got a great All-Star player like D-Wade, everyone defers to him a little more. That’s just how he plays. He is a great player and that’s OK. I mean we were a good team last year but at the end of the day I feel as though we still have a chance to surprise some people this season, despite not having any marquee names.” In what is essentially the beginning of a team rebuild, for the first time in a long time the Lakers will likely head into the new season without a clear All-star level player. Only time will tell whether a new team chemistry can be formed to result in winning games and fighting for a playoff berth, but they have the whole off-season to practise, so we will see.
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