• 2019-2020 Los Angeles Lakers Season Recap to date

    2018-2019 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

            37-45                                     22-19                            15-26

    2019-2020 Record                 Home Record               Road Record

             49-14                                     23-8                            26-6

    Fun Facts for the season

    -In franchise history, the Lakers have only missed the playoffs in consecutive seasons twice: 1975-76 and 2013-2019. The Lakers have actually missed the playoffs more times since 2013 (six times) than they have in their entire history (five times). Fortunately, the team was back on track this season as the Lakers appeared to be one of the front-runners to win a championship at the time the league was suspended.

    -Unlike most teams, the Lakers have built their roster through trades and free agency as they only have two players on the team who were drafted by the franchise: Kyle Kuzma and Talen Horton-Tucker. Kuzma was the only drafted Laker who was part of the team’s rotation while Horton-Tucker spent most of the season playing for the team’s G League affiliate.

    -Although the Lakers are on top of the Western Conference, the team’s fantasy value was concentrated at the top with no other player finishing inside the top-130 in 8/9-cat leagues except for LeBron James and Anthony Davis, who were both first-round values.

    -Anthony Davis has proven to be one of the best fantasy players in the league and the new uniform didn’t change that. Davis has not finished outside of the first round in per-game value since his rookie season and has finished no lower than the second-best fantasy player (per-game value) in 8/9-cat leagues over the past three seasons.

    -LeBron James has been in the NBA for 17 seasons and has led the league in points (30.0 points in 2007-08) and minutes (42.4 mpg in 2004-05, 37.8 mpg in 2016-17, 36.9 mpg in 2017-18) thus far in his historic career. He has never led the league in assists — that is, until this season when he averaged 10.6 assists per game. That is a full 1.3 assists higher than Trae Young, who is currently second.

    -LeBron was able to come back very strong a season removed from the only injury-riddled year of his career. If you remove 2018-19 when LeBron missed 27 games due to a groin injury, the 16-time All-Star has played in an absurd 95.1 percent of his team’s games (regular and post-season) throughout his historic career and has never missed a playoff game to date.

    Season

    Reg. Season Games Played

    Reg. Season Games

    % Regular Season Games Played

    Post-Season Games Played

    Post-Season Games

    % Post-Season Games Played

    Total Games Played

    Total Games

    % of Total Games Played

    2003-04

    79

    82

    96.3%

    N/A

    N/A

    79

    82

    96.3%

    2004-05

    80

    82

    97.6%

    N/A

    N/A

    80

    82

    97.6%

    2005-06

    79

    82

    96.3%

    13

    13

    100%

    92

    95

    96.8%

    2006-07

    78

    82

    95.1%

    20

    20

    100%

    98

    102

    96.1%

    2007-08

    75

    82

    91.5%

    13

    13

    100%

    88

    95

    92.6%

    2008-09

    81

    82

    98.8%

    14

    14

    100%

    95

    96

    99.0%

    2009-10

    76

    82

    92.7%

    11

    11

    100%

    87

    93

    93.5%

    2010-11

    79

    82

    96.3%

    21

    21

    100%

    100

    103

    97.1%

    2011-12

    62

    66

    93.9%

    23

    23

    100%

    85

    89

    95.5%

    2012-13

    76

    82

    92.7%

    23

    23

    100%

    99

    105

    94.3%

    2013-14

    77

    82

    93.9%

    20

    20

    100%

    97

    102

    95.1%

    2014-15

    69

    82

    84.1%

    20

    20

    100%

    89

    102

    87.3%

    2015-16

    76

    82

    92.7%

    21

    21

    100%

    97

    103

    94.2%

    2016-17

    74

    82

    90.2%

    18

    18

    100%

    92

    100

    92.0%

    2017-18

    82

    82

    100.0%

    22

    22

    100%

    104

    104

    100.0%

    *2018-19*

    55

    82

    67.1%

    N/A

    N/A

    55

    82

    67.1%

    2019-20

    60

    63

    95.2%

    N/A

    N/A

    60

    63

    95.2%

    Total

    1258

    1359

    92.6%

    239

    239

    100%

    1497

    1598

    93.7%

    With 2018-19 removed

    1203

    1277

    94.2%

    239

    239

    100%

    1442

    1516

    95.1%

    For a closer look at how the season has gone, be sure to check out our Season So Far series. The Lakers’ entry can be found right here.

    Rosterable in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Anthony Davis (1st round/1st round)

    -LeBron James (1st round/1st round)

    Showed flashes of fantasy value in 12-team 8/9-cat leagues (per-game value)

    -Danny Green (12th round/14th round)

    -JaVale McGee (12th round/15th round)

    -Dwight Howard (7th round/7th round from Jan 5 through Jan 23)

    -Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (12th round/11th round from Nov 15 through Dec 19)

    -Rajon Rondo (9th round/10th round from Nov 17 through Dec 4)

    Rosterable in standard points leagues

    (This is Yahoo’s standard scoring system, we’ll be using them as a reference for the rankings but obviously things will be different in your league if you use a custom scoring format or play on ESPN/CBS/Fantrax)

    -LeBron James (1st round)

    -Anthony Davis (1st round)

    Flashes of value in standard points leagues:

    -N/A

    Predicting standard league relevant players for 2020-21 season

    -Anthony Davis (all formats)

    -LeBron James (all formats)

    Potential for standard league value for 2020-21 season

    -JaVale McGee (8/9-cat)

    -Danny Green (8/9-cat)

    -Dwight Howard (8/9-cat)

    -Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (8/9-cat)

    -Kyle Kuzma (points leagues)

    -Rajon Rondo (8/9-cat)

    Upcoming Notable Free Agents

    -Anthony Davis (player option of $28.75M in 2020-21)

    -Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (player option of $8.49M in 2020-21)

    -JaVale McGee (player option of $4.2M in 2020-21)

    -Dwight Howard (unrestricted)

    -Rajon Rondo (player option of $2.62M in 2020-21)

    -Avery Bradley (player option of $5M in 2020-21)

    -Markieff Morris (unrestricted)

    -Jared Dudley (unrestricted)

    -Quinn Cook (team option of $3M in 2020-21 including $1M guaranteed)

    Key Additions

    -Markieff Morris (signed mid-season)

    -Dion Waiters (signed mid-season)

    Key Departures

    -DeMarcus Cousins (waived)

    Upcoming Draft Picks

    -2020 first round pick

    -2021 first round pick (protected 8-30, 1-7 to New Orleans, if unconveyed in 2021 becomes unprotected first-round pick to New Orleans in 2022)

    -2022 first round pick

Fantasy News

  • Miles Bridges
    SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Miles Bridges, the second-year forward out of Michigan State, had a decent season for the Hornets, but he wasn't too kind to fantasy owners who were high on him in drafts last fall.

    Bridges' ADP was inside the top-100 in both Yahoo (83) and ESPN (94) after draft season concluded last October. At the current juncture, he ranks 162 in 9-cat and 148 in 8-cat; not the jump forward many thought, fantasy GMs and analysts alike, Bridges would take in this his second season in the league. The Hornets obviously still have reason for optimism and have far from given up on him, but there's also reason to believe the 2020-21 campaign could be a pivotal one for Bridges in terms of showcasing the progress he's making in getting fully adjusted to the NBA.

  • Dwayne Bacon
    SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Third-year guard Dwayne Bacon, the 10th pick of the second round of the 2017 NBA Draft, did little to improve his game during the 2019-20 season, finishing the year with very underwhelming numbers.

    Bacon has always torn it up in the G League but has never been able to translate his production to the NBA. He averaged just 17.6 minutes in 39 games, his fewest games played in three NBA seasons, although this one got cut short by the on-going coronavirus pandemic. His biggest problem seems to be his shot, as his averages from the floor this year were paltry, at best. After shooting 47.5 percent from the floor in 2018-19, Bacon took a big step back (34.8 percent) this season. He was also pitiful from beyond the arc (28.4 percent) and from the free throw stripe (66.0 percent). It seems unlikely that the Hornets will extend the $2 million qualifying offer lined up for Bacon this offseason, so there's a decent chance he suits up elsewhere in his next NBA appearance.

  • Nicolas Batum
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Nicolas Batum played only 22 games during the 2019-20 regular season (the last of which came on January 24), finishing the year ranked outside the top-225 in categories formats.

    The veteran swingman had an injury-riddled campaign, Batum's fifth with the Hornets. He averaged just 3.6 points, 4.5 boards and 3.0 assists in 23.0 minutes per night. A longtime threat from deep, Batum shot 28.6 percent from three, which was also a disappointing development. He only has one year remaining on the gigantic, $120 million deal he inked prior to the 2016-17 season, and the Hornets are probably wishing it wrapped up after this season. They have no use for Batum moving forward, but they owe him $27 million next year. Yikes.

  • Cody Martin
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Martin, the sixth pick of the second round of the 2019 NBA draft out of the University of Nevada, showed signs of productivity during his rookie campaign with the Hornets, averaging 5.0 PTS, 3.3 REB, 2.0 AST and 0.8 STL in 18.8 minutes per game (48 games).

    Those per-game numbers actually put him below his twin brother, Caleb (who was not drafted), despite Cody playing in 30 more games. Cody ranked right around 300 in 8 and 9-cat leagues on the season but was playing well to close out the year. He snuck inside the top-230 over the final two weeks prior to the COVID-19 pause, and was a streamable player in March due to his versatility and consistency.

  • Devonte' Graham
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Devonte' Graham emerged as the biggest beneficiary of the departure of Kemba Walker, taking over the reins as the starting point guard and finishing the season ranked 55th in 8-cat and 77th 9-cat scoring formats.

    After averaging just 14.7 minutes per game in his rookie season in 2018-19, Graham got thrust into the spotlight in 2019-20, jumping to a playing time of 35.1 minutes per game. The 24-year-old sophomore saw an across-the-board improvement in his stats and became a solid source of threes and dimes for small-ball fantasy lineups. Graham shot just 38.2 percent from the field but ticked other boxes with averages of 18.2 PPG, 3.5 3PG, 7.5 APG and 1.0 SPG. If he can somehow rein in his poor shooting and allow the game to slow down for him, he should be someone to watch come 2020-21.

  • Terry Rozier
    PG, Charlotte Hornets

    Terry Rozier ranked inside the top-75 in both 8 and 9-cat fantasy leagues on a per game basis in 2019-20, his first season with the Hornets after four years with the Celtics.

    Rozier swapped places with longtime fan-favorite and Hornets legend, Kemba Walker. Rozier inked a sign-and-trade for three years, $56.7 million ($18.9 million annually) that included Walker going to the Celtics. Starting all 63 games he played this season, Rozier averaged 18.0 points, 4.4 rebounds, 4.1 assists, 1.0 steals and 2.7 threes per game for an underwhelming Hornets squad (23-42). Fellow backcourt mate Devonte' Graham unexpectedly put up outstanding numbers from the outset, so that put a bit of a damper on Rozier's first season with the team, as the two finished with similar numbers and fantasy rankings. Look for the backcourt tandem of Graham and Rozier to stay together moving forward for the Hornets, at least for next season. They will likely inhibit each other's fantasy ceilings, however.

  • PJ Washington
    PF, Charlotte Hornets

    P.J. Washington was one of bigger pleasant surprises from the rookie class of 2019, making a name for himself with the Hornets as a key player and finishing the season ranked 142/159 in 8/9-cat per-game value and 126/136 in 8/9-cat on total value.

    As a rookie, Washington proved doubters that he was far more NBA-ready than initially projected. A strong Summer League and promising preseason run, translated reasonably well into viable fantasy value. Washington ended up playing 58 games for the Hornets and notched averages of 12.2 PPG, 5.4 RPG, 1.5 3PG, 0.9 SPG and 0.8 BPG in just over 30 minutes per game. Still, Washington's biggest weakness remains his .647 shooting percentage from the free throw line. Overall, he gets solid marks for passing the eye test and flashing some promising impact on the box score on occasion.

  • Cody Zeller
    C, Charlotte Hornets

    Cody Zeller took a step backward during the 2019-20 season, finishing the year ranked 178 in 8-cat and 185 in 9-cat.

    The emergence and immediate productivity of rookie PJ Washington was a key reason for Zeller's rather disappointing year. He played in all but seven of the Hornets' games but had a rough stretch in February that included three straight DNP-CD's to close out the month. Zeller, as one might expect, came back strong after that absence, averaging 11.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 0.8 blocks in five games to close out his 2019-20 campaign. Zeller will be an unrestricted free agent after next season.

  • Caleb Martin
    SG-SF, Charlotte Hornets

    Caleb Martin, twin brother of Cody Martin, closed out the 2019-20 season playing his best basketball of the season for the Hornets after spending the majority of the year in the G League.

    Martin played over 35 minutes in both of the Hornets' final two games in March. He finished inside the top-270 in both 8 and 9-cat leagues and was ranked inside the top-125 during the final two weeks before the season was suspended. In 21.7 minutes per game over the course of those two weeks at the end of February and into March, Martin put up per-game averages of 8.9 PTS, 2.5 REB, 1.8 AST, 0.9 STL, 0.5 BLK and 1.8 3PT. In addition, he went 20-for-37 from beyond the arc (in 18 games played), good for 54 percent. That is a very promising number, albeit in a fairly small sample size, so the Hornets are obviously hoping he can maintain his prowess from deep next season.

  • Malik Monk
    SG, Charlotte Hornets

    Despite the departure of Kemba Walker, Malik Monk remained mostly unimpressive in 2019-20 with averages of 10.3 PPG, 1.1 3PG, 2.9 RPG and 2.1 APG to finish ranked 257/277 in 8/9-cat per-game value.

    Monk logged 55 games for the Hornets this season but could not hold any real momentum, except in February where he was able to string together an eight-game streak of double-digit scoring. His strong run came to a screeching halt when he was suspended indefinitely for violating the league's anti-drug program. Monk was eventually reinstated during the hiatus brought about by the coronavirus.