NBA Team Needs

Los Angeles Lakers

The idea is let's line up the guy on your team by each position and compare them to the rest of the league. Specifically the top player at each position as well as the 15th best starter, the 30th best starter, etc.

Wait but 'best player' how? Based on what?

This is built on top of ESPN's Real Plus Minus. An interesting stat that is meant to gauge the effectiveness of a player.

ESPN Logo Real Plus Minus (RPM): Player's estimated on-court impact on team performance, measured in net point differential per 100 offensive and defensive possessions. RPM takes into account teammates, opponents and additional factors

So what do I do now that I studied this geeked out report?
Create My Own 2018 Mock Draft

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Roster Positional Perspective

  • Strength - The team's top guy is one of the top 15 in the league.
  • Solid - The team's top guy is a viable starter, is in the top 30.
  • Concern - The team's top guy is not in the top 30 and so would be on the bench on most other teams.
  • Weakness - The team's top guy is below the overall median player for this position. Bench player at best.

Small Forward:

Luol Deng: -1.63 Rank:58
Brandon Ingram: -2.32 Rank:74
Corey Brewer: -2.84 Rank:76

For Comparison:

The Top: Robert Covington 4.46
Tops: OG Anunoby 0.86
Last Starter: CJ Miles -0.11
Baseline: Davis Bertans -1.10


Brook Lopez: 2.77 Rank:7
Andrew Bogut: 0.65 Rank:31
Ivica Zubac: 0.49 Rank:35

For Comparison:

The Top: DeMarcus Cousins 7.56
Tops: Karl-Anthony Towns 1.93
Last Starter: Cole Aldrich 0.67
Baseline: Dewayne Dedmon 0.41

Power Forward:

Julius Randle: 1.99 Rank:12
Larry Nance Jr.: 1.01 Rank:26
Kyle Kuzma: -1.27 Rank:77

For Comparison:

The Top: Al Horford 5.40
Tops: Tarik Black 1.71
Last Starter: Dwight Powell 0.61
Baseline: Brice Johnson -0.16

Shooting Guard:

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope: -0.87 Rank:30
Josh Hart: -2.05 Rank:72
Alex Caruso: -2.40 Rank:81

For Comparison:

The Top: Eric Gordon 3.75
Tops: Joe Harris 0.00
Last Starter: Alex Abrines -0.58
Baseline: DeAndre Liggins -1.55

Point Guard:

Jordan Clarkson: -1.40 Rank:40
Tyler Ennis: -1.49 Rank:45
Lonzo Ball: -1.55 Rank:47

For Comparison:

The Top: James Harden 8.21
Tops: Marcus Smart 0.47
Last Starter: Mario Chalmers -0.35
Baseline: Jordan Clarkson -1.40

Roster Draft Perspective

What's the draft perspective part about then?

The draft perspective part is meant to give context. Yes this is how the players are performing today but if it's a developing rookie in the upswing, or an aging superstar on the downswing it may play into how the team drafts. The Draft Perspective tries to give that context.

Small Forward


2016 pick 2 by LAL - Brandon Ingram Age: 20
2007 pick 7 by MIN - Corey Brewer Age: 31
2004 pick 7 by PHX - Luol Deng Age: 32



2016 pick 62 by LAL - Ivica Zubac Age: 20
2008 pick 10 by NJ - Brook Lopez Age: 29
2005 pick 1 by MIL - Andrew Bogut Age: 32

Power Forward


2017 pick 27 by BKN - Kyle Kuzma Age: 22
2015 pick 27 by LAL - Larry Nance Jr. Age: 24
2014 pick 7 by LAL - Julius Randle Age: 22

Shooting Guard


2017 pick 30 by UTAH - Josh Hart Age: 22
2013 pick 8 by DET - Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Age: 24


Alex Caruso Age: 23

Point Guard


2017 pick 2 by LAL - Lonzo Ball Age: 20
2014 pick 18 by PHX - Tyler Ennis Age: 23
2014 pick 76 by WSH - Jordan Clarkson Age: 25


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WFDevTeam 168 Posts (44 )
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Not sure Kobe deserves a nice send off anyway

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irish 103 Posts (35 )
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Sheesh.. I don't see how the Lakers are going to turn their roster around enough to give Kobe a proper send off
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WFDevTeam 168 Posts (44 )
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They'll get a top free agent or two I'd imagine.  And Randle will be coming back

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