Analysis: Los Angeles Lakers: 2022-2023 Season Accolades And Playoffs Hopes

The Lakers 2022-2023 season seemed to come to a crescendo when LeBron James became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. The record, held by former Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for 38 years, was surpassed when James hit a fadeaway jump shot over an Oklahoma City Thunder defense to score his 38,388th all-time point, in his 20th season on Feb. 7. As of now, the Lakers are scrambling to make it into the playoffs. The Western Conference is filled with hungry up and coming basketball teams such as the Phoenix Suns and Dallas Mavericks. The squads are making waves across the league with their newly acquired talents Kevin Durant, and Kyrie Irving, respectively.  

Former LA Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar passed the torch to LeBron James after his all-time scoring record was broken mid-season by the four-time NBA champion at the Arena in Los Angeles. Above is a statue dedicated to Abdul-Jabbar which was unveiled at the Crypto.Com Arena in 2012. Photos are from

Signing contracts with D’Angelo Russell, Mo Bamba, Malik Beasley, and Jarred Vanderbilt has helped the Lakers’ goal of reaching a coveted seed in the stacked West. Russell Westbrook, former Lakers’ point guard, signed a mid-season contract with the Los Angeles Clippers and in doing so relieved the LA Lakers of his $47.1 million contract, which many fans and analysts collectively loathed, allowing new contracts to be signed with newly acquired players, including Russell, Bamba, Beasley, and Vanderbilt.  

Lakers’ center Davis is averaging a double-double at 26.3 points per game on 56.8 percent shooting. With a whopping 12.4 rebounds per game. Photos are from

The added length from the fresh players signed at the deadline has given a much-needed boost to the Lakers on the defensive end of the court. Currently, they have the twelfth-best defensive rating in the NBA. They also surrounded James with competent shooters, which has led to success in the forward’s past postseason runs with his former teams: the Miami Heat and Cleveland Cavaliers. He starred on those NBA squads and won earlier championships with scorers like Dwyane Wade, Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and Anthony Davis. However, James (four-time Most Valuable Player and 19-time NBA All Star) injured his ankle while playing against the Mavericks earlier this season. And he has since returned from his injury (injured on Feb. 26) in this month’s earlier Lakers’ game, which the team lost against the Chicago Bulls. While James added 19 points and came off LA’s bench for only the second time in his whole career at the Arena in Los Angeles on March 26. 

D’Angelo Russell, the Laker’s new sharp shooting starting point guard is averaging 17.7 points a game in the City of Angels this 2022-2023 NBA season. Photos are from

Currently, the Lakers stand at the seventh seed with 41 wins and 39 losses in the Western Conference putting them in the NBA Playoffs, at least for now. It is now up to Davis, James, and their teammates to win their way out of the regular season and once again into the NBA Playoffs, under the command of newly hired head coach Darvin Ham, who is in his first season with the LA Lakers. James’s window for winning a fifth NBA championship is nearing a close at the ripe age of 38 years old. The pressure is on, and the competition is stiff for the basketball players in purple and gold. 

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