2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers season

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2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers season
Head coachLuke Walton
General managerRob Pelinka
Owner(s)Jerry Buss family trust (primary owner being Jeanie Buss as of March 27, 2017)
ArenaStaples Center
Results
Record16–10 (.615)
PlaceDivision: 3rd (Pacific)
Conference: 5th (Western)

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionSpectrum SportsNet
RadioESPN LA 710 (English) • 1020 Radio AM (Spanish)
< 2017–18 2019–20 >

The 2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers season is the franchise's 71st season, its 70th season in the National Basketball Association (NBA), and its 59th in Los Angeles.

Following the signing of superstar LeBron James on July 1, 2018, the Lakers are attempting to finish with a winning record and playoff appearance for the first time since the 2012–13 season.

Draft[edit]

Round Pick Player Position Nationality School / Club team
1 25 Moritz Wagner PF  Germany Michigan
2 39 Isaac Bonga SF  Germany Germany Frankfurt Skyliners
2 47 Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SG  Ukraine Kansas

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Roster[edit]

Los Angeles Lakers roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G 2 Ball, Lonzo 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997–10–27 UCLA
F 11 Beasley, Michael 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) 1989–01–09 Kansas State
G 17 Bonga, Isaac 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999–11–08 Germany
G 1 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–02–18 Georgia
G 4 Caruso, Alex (TW) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1994–02–28 Texas A&M
C 5 Chandler, Tyson 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1982–10–02 Dominguez HS (CA)
G 3 Hart, Josh 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) 1995–03–06 Villanova
F 14 Ingram, Brandon 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1997–09–02 Duke
F 23 James, LeBron 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 250 lb (113 kg) 1984–12–30 St. Vincent–St. Mary HS (OH)
F 0 Kuzma, Kyle 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1995–07–24 Utah
C 7 McGee, JaVale 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 270 lb (122 kg) 1988–01–19 Nevada
F 10 Mykhailiuk, Sviatoslav 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1997–06–10 Kansas
G 9 Rondo, Rajon Injured 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 186 lb (84 kg) 1986–02–22 Kentucky
G 6 Stephenson, Lance 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1990–09–05 Cincinnati
F 15 Wagner, Moritz 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 245 lb (111 kg) 1997–04–26 Michigan
F 19 Williams, Johnathan (TW) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 228 lb (103 kg) 1995–05–22 Gonzaga
C 40 Zubac, Ivica 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1997–03–18 Croatia
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  • Injured Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2018–11–20


Standings[edit]

Division[edit]

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
Golden State Warriors 18 9 .667 0.0 11–2 7–7 2–1 27
Los Angeles Clippers 16 9 .640 1.0 9–2 7–7 3–0 25
Los Angeles Lakers 16 10 .615 1.5 10–4 6–6 3–0 26
Sacramento Kings 13 12 .520 4.0 6–5 7–7 1–3 25
Phoenix Suns 4 22 .154 13.5 3–10 1–12 0–5 26

Conference[edit]

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 Oklahoma City Thunder * 16 8 .667 24
2 Golden State Warriors * 18 9 .667 -0.5 27
3 Denver Nuggets 17 9 .654 0.0 26
4 Los Angeles Clippers 16 9 .640 0.5 25
5 Los Angeles Lakers 16 10 .615 1.0 26
6 Memphis Grizzlies * 15 10 .600 1.5 25
7 Portland Trail Blazers 15 11 .577 2.0 26
8 Dallas Mavericks 13 11 .542 3.0 24
9 Sacramento Kings 13 12 .520 3.5 25
10 Minnesota Timberwolves 13 13 .500 4.0 26
11 Utah Jazz 13 13 .500 4.0 26
12 New Orleans Pelicans 14 14 .500 4.0 28
13 San Antonio Spurs 12 14 .462 5.0 26
14 Houston Rockets 11 14 .440 5.5 25
15 Phoenix Suns 4 22 .154 13.0 26

Game log[edit]

Preseason[edit]

2018 preseason game log
Total: 3–3 (Home: 2–3; Road: 1–0)
2018–19 season schedule

Regular season[edit]

2018–19 game log
Total: 16–10 (Home: 10–4; Road: 6–6)
2018–19 season schedule

Transactions[edit]

Signing of LeBron James[edit]

On July 9, 2018, superstar LeBron James signed a 4-year, $154 million contract with the Lakers after playing a second stint with his hometown Cleveland Cavaliers, he led the team to their first championship title in 2016, and leading them to the NBA Finals 4 other times (2007, 2015, 2017, and 2018). This marked his second time leaving the Cavs, after controversially doing so in 2010 to join the Miami Heat, where he led the team to 4 NBA Finals appearances and winning back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. The signing also renewed the Celtics–Lakers rivalry, as his former Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics the year before and former Celtics star Rajon Rondo joined LeBron in Los Angeles.

Trades[edit]

July 6, 2018[2] To Los Angeles Lakers
Draft rights to Isaac Bonga
To Philadelphia 76ers
2019 second round pick
Cash considerations

Free agency[edit]

Re-signed[edit]

Player Signed
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope[3] 1-year contract worth $12 million
Alex Caruso Two-way contract

Additions[edit]

Player Signed Former team
Rajon Rondo[4] 1-year contract worth $9 million New Orleans Pelicans
LeBron James[5] 4-year contract worth $156 million Cleveland Cavaliers
Lance Stephenson[6] 1-year contract worth $4.5 million Indiana Pacers
JaVale McGee[7] 1-year contract worth $2.4 million Golden State Warriors
Michael Beasley[8] 1-year contract worth $3.5 million New York Knicks
Johnathan Williams[9] Two-way contract Gonzaga Bulldogs
Tyson Chandler[10] 1-year contract worth $2.1 million Phoenix Suns

Subtractions[edit]

Player Reason left New team
Tyler Ennis[11] Waived Turkey Fenerbahçe
Thomas Bryant[12] Waived Washington Wizards
Julius Randle[13] 2-year contract worth $18 million New Orleans Pelicans
Isaiah Thomas[14] 1-year contract worth $2 million Denver Nuggets
Brook Lopez[15] 1-year contract worth $3.3 million Milwaukee Bucks
Channing Frye[16] 1-year contract worth $2.4 million Cleveland Cavaliers
Luol Deng[17] Waived Minnesota Timberwolves

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2018 NBA Draft order: See where your favorite team will be picking in this year's draft". CBSSports.com.
  2. ^ "Lakers Acquire Isaac Bonga in Trade with Philadelphia". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  3. ^ "Lakers Re-Sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope". NBA.com/lakers. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Lakers Sign Rajon Rondo". NBA.com/lakers. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  5. ^ "Lakers Sign LeBron James". NBA.com/lakers. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  6. ^ "Lakers Sign Lance Stephenson". NBA.com/lakers. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lakers Sign JaVale McGee". NBA.com/lakers. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lakers Sign Michael Beasley". NBA.com/lakers. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Lakers Sign Johnathan Williams to Two-Way Contract; Waive Travis Wear". NBA.com/lakers. October 19, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lakers Sign Tyson Chandler". NBA.com/lakers. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  11. ^ "Lakers Waive Tyler Ennis". NBA.com/lakers. June 28, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lakers Waive Thomas Bryant". NBA.com/lakers. June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  13. ^ "Pelicans sign free agents Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle". NBA.com/pelicans. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "Denver Nuggets Sign Veteran Guard Isaiah Thomas". NBA.com/nuggets. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  15. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks Sign Brook Lopez". NBA.com/bucks. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  16. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Channing Frye". NBA.com/cavaliers. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Lakers Waive Luol Deng". NBA.com/lakers. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.