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2018–19 Los Angeles Lakers season

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

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
Record37–45 (.451)
PlaceDivision: 4th (Pacific)
Conference: 10th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

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

Following the signing of superstar LeBron James on July 1, 2018, the Lakers hoped to finish with a winning record and playoff appearance for the first time since the 2012–13 season. However, after an improved 20–14 start to the season, several injuries accumulated throughout the season including James, Rajon Rondo, Lonzo Ball, and Brandon Ingram, and the Lakers fell below .500 by the All-Star break. By March, the Lakers were eliminated from playoff contention, extending the team's postseason drought to a franchise record six seasons, and a sixth straight losing season, even after improving from their 2017-18 campaign by two games. It is the first time James missed the playoffs since 2005 and first time he didn't appear in the NBA finals since 2010.

On April 9, the conclusion of the Lakers' season, Magic Johnson stepped down as president of basketball operations. Three days later, Luke Walton and the team agreed to part ways.

Contents

DraftEdit

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

[1]

RosterEdit

2018–19 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
G 17 Bonga, Isaac 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 180 lb (82 kg) 1999–11–08 Germany
G/F 35 Bullock, Reggie 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1991–03–16 North Carolina
G 1 Caldwell-Pope, Kentavious 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) 1993–02–18 Georgia
G 4 Caruso, Alex 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 10 Jones, Jemerrio 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 174 lb (79 kg) 1995–04–09 New Mexico State
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/C 31 Muscala, Mike 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 240 lb (109 kg) 1991–07–01 Bucknell
G 9 Rondo, Rajon 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
C 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
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

Roster
Last transaction: 2019–03–11

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Pacific Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
cGolden State Warriors 57 25 .695 0.0 30–11 27–14 13–3 82
xLos Angeles Clippers 48 34 .585 9.0 26–15 22–19 11–5 82
Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 18.0 24–17 15–26 4–12 82
Los Angeles Lakers 37 45 .451 20.0 22–19 15–26 9–7 82
Phoenix Suns 19 63 .232 38.0 12–29 7–34 3–13 82

ConferenceEdit

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 cGolden State Warriors * 57 25 .695 82
2 yDenver Nuggets * 54 28 .659 3.0 82
3 xPortland Trail Blazers 53 29 .646 4.0 82
4 yHouston Rockets * 53 29 .646 4.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 50 32 .610 7.0 82
6 xOklahoma City Thunder 49 33 .598 8.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 48 34 .585 9.0 82
8 xLos Angeles Clippers 48 34 .585 9.0 82
9 Sacramento Kings 39 43 .476 18.0 82
10 Los Angeles Lakers 37 45 .451 20.0 82
11 Minnesota Timberwolves 36 46 .439 21.0 82
12 Memphis Grizzlies 33 49 .402 24.0 82
13 New Orleans Pelicans 33 49 .402 24.0 82
14 Dallas Mavericks 33 49 .402 24.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 19 63 .232 38.0 82

Game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

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

Regular seasonEdit

2018–19 game log
Total: 37–45 (Home: 22–19; Road: 15–26)
2018–19 season schedule

Player statisticsEdit

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Lonzo Ball PG 47 45 1,423 251 255 69 19 465
Michael Beasley PF 26 2 277 60 25 9 10 181
Isaac Bonga PG 22 0 120 25 15 9 4 19
Reggie Bullock SG 19 16 524 50 20 16 7 177
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope SG 82 23 2,035 238 110 73 13 938
Alex Caruso PG 25 4 531 67 77 24 9 229
Tyson Chandler C 48 6 786 268 31 19 22 147
Josh Hart SG 67 22 1,715 248 93 64 40 525
Andre Ingram SG 4 0 15 2 0 1 0 0
Brandon Ingram SF 52 52 1,760 267 154 28 31 950
LeBron James SF 55 55 1,937 465 454 72 33 1,505
Jemerrio Jones SF 6 2 143 49 13 7 5 27
Kyle Kuzma PF 70 68 2,314 382 178 41 26 1,308
Scott Machado PG 4 0 19 0 3 1 0 10
JaVale McGee C 75 62 1,671 566 52 47 148 897
Mike Muscala PF 17 4 265 44 14 4 11 100
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk SF 39 0 420 34 33 13 1 127
Rajon Rondo PG 46 29 1,369 243 367 57 7 424
Lance Stephenson SG 68 3 1,123 215 140 41 7 491
Moritz Wagner C 43 5 446 85 24 11 13 207
Johnathan Williams C 24 0 372 99 13 8 7 157
Ivica Zubac C 33 12 516 162 25 4 27 281

After all games.[2]
Waived during the season
Traded during the season
Acquired during the season

TransactionsEdit

Signing of LeBron JamesEdit

On July 9, 2018, superstar LeBron James signed a four-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 led 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, winning back-to-back in 2012 and 2013. The signing also briefly intensified the Celtics–Lakers rivalry, as his former Cavs teammate Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics the year before and when former Celtics star Rajon Rondo joined LeBron in Los Angeles. Irving played 2 seasons for the Celtics before signing with the Brooklyn Nets during the 2019 offseason.

TradesEdit

July 6, 2018[3] To Los Angeles Lakers
Draft rights to Isaac Bonga
To Philadelphia 76ers
2019 second round pick
Cash considerations
February 6, 2019[4] To Los Angeles Lakers
Reggie Bullock
To Detroit Pistons
Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk
2021 second round pick
February 7, 2019[5] To Los Angeles Lakers
Mike Muscala
To Los Angeles Clippers
Michael Beasley
Ivica Zubac

Free agencyEdit

Re-signedEdit

Player Signed
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope[6] 1-year contract worth $12 million
Alex Caruso Two-way contract

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Rajon Rondo[7] 1-year contract worth $9 million New Orleans Pelicans
LeBron James[8] 4-year contract worth $156 million Cleveland Cavaliers
Lance Stephenson[9] 1-year contract worth $4.5 million Indiana Pacers
JaVale McGee[10] 1-year contract worth $2.4 million Golden State Warriors
Michael Beasley[11] 1-year contract worth $3.5 million New York Knicks
Johnathan Williams[12] Two-way contract Gonzaga Bulldogs
Tyson Chandler[13] 1-year contract worth $2.1 million Phoenix Suns

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason left New team
Tyler Ennis[14] Waived   Fenerbahçe
Thomas Bryant[15] Waived Washington Wizards
Julius Randle[16] 2-year contract worth $18 million New Orleans Pelicans
Isaiah Thomas[17] 1-year contract worth $2 million Denver Nuggets
Brook Lopez[18] 1-year contract worth $3.3 million Milwaukee Bucks
Channing Frye[19] 1-year contract worth $2.4 million Cleveland Cavaliers
Luol Deng[20] Waived Minnesota Timberwolves

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2018 NBA Draft order: See where your favorite team will be picking in this year's draft". CBSSports.com.
  2. ^ "2018-19 Los Angeles Lakers Roster and Regular season Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ "Lakers Acquire Isaac Bonga in Trade with Philadelphia". NBA.com. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  4. ^ "Lakers Acquire Reggie Bullock". NBA.com. February 6, 2019.
  5. ^ "Lakers Acquire Mike Muscala". NBA.com. February 7, 2019.
  6. ^ "Lakers Re-Sign Kentavious Caldwell-Pope". NBA.com/lakers. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  7. ^ "Lakers Sign Rajon Rondo". NBA.com/lakers. July 6, 2018. Retrieved July 6, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lakers Sign LeBron James". NBA.com/lakers. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  9. ^ "Lakers Sign Lance Stephenson". NBA.com/lakers. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  10. ^ "Lakers Sign JaVale McGee". NBA.com/lakers. July 10, 2018. Retrieved July 10, 2018.
  11. ^ "Lakers Sign Michael Beasley". NBA.com/lakers. July 23, 2018. Retrieved July 23, 2018.
  12. ^ "Lakers Sign Johnathan Williams to Two-Way Contract; Waive Travis Wear". NBA.com/lakers. October 19, 2018. Retrieved October 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Lakers Sign Tyson Chandler". NBA.com/lakers. November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2018.
  14. ^ "Lakers Waive Tyler Ennis". NBA.com/lakers. June 28, 2018. Retrieved June 28, 2018.
  15. ^ "Lakers Waive Thomas Bryant". NBA.com/lakers. June 30, 2018. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  16. ^ "Pelicans sign free agents Elfrid Payton and Julius Randle". NBA.com/pelicans. July 9, 2018. Retrieved July 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "Denver Nuggets Sign Veteran Guard Isaiah Thomas". NBA.com/nuggets. July 16, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2018.
  18. ^ "Milwaukee Bucks Sign Brook Lopez". NBA.com/bucks. July 17, 2018. Retrieved July 17, 2018.
  19. ^ "Cavaliers Sign Channing Frye". NBA.com/cavaliers. July 19, 2018. Retrieved July 19, 2018.
  20. ^ "Lakers Waive Luol Deng". NBA.com/lakers. September 1, 2018. Retrieved September 1, 2018.