The Los Angeles Lakers have been wheeling and dealing this offseason, adding a superstar point guard in Russell Westbrook. Blake Griffin, a former L.A. Clippers star now with the stacked Brooklyn Nets, knows there is nothing guaranteed, even for a “super team.”
Westbrook joins LeBron James and Anthony Davis, filling a big hole at point guard after Dennis Schroder was up-and-down with the team in 2020-21. The Lakers have also added veterans Carmelo Anthony, Trevor Ariza, Kent Bazemore, Wayne Ellington, Dwight Howard, and some talented young guards in Malik Monk and Kendrick Nunn.
The roster has been largely reshaped around LeBron, AD, and now Westbrook. On paper, it’s a loaded, deep team, though there are legitimate concerns. There still isn’t a ton of shooting, especially if that “Big Three” remains on the court together in most big moments, and it is a very old roster. That may serve them well in the postseason, but necessary rest could hurt during the regular season, and lead to some underseeding.
Griffin’s Clippers teams looked pretty loaded, when he, Chris Paul, and DeAndre Jordan were all superstars. Even last year, amid all of the injuries, the Nets’ loss to the Milwaukee Bucks in the playoffs was pretty disappointing. When asked about the Lakers, Miami Heat, and other teams that loaded up this year, he had a pretty clear message: nothing is guaranteed for any NBA team.
Blake Griffin on the Lakers, Heat and other teams adding stars this summer: "You look at it but at the end of the day, things on paper, it's tough to say. I've been in situations where a team stacks up and it doesn't work out." #Nets
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) August 12, 2021
Griffin is past his prime, but impressed as a role player for the Nets last year, after joining the team at mid-season. As he looks for his first championship, he’s set to return to Brooklyn on a one-year deal.
The Nets and Lakers may be the two favorites to reach the NBA Finals, even with the Milwaukee Bucks returning most of its championship roster. Any combination of those three teams would make for an incredible series.
The 2021-22 NBA season is set to begin on October 19.