How the Houston Rockets match up against the Los Angeles Lakers

By Tevin Williams
Houston Rockets James Harden (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers
Anthony Davis #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers (Photo by Zhong Zhi/Getty Images) /

Offseason changes for the Lakers

The Rockets made headlines over the summer with the Russell Westbrook trade, but the Lakers underwent a major roster overhaul, too. Los Angeles sent Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks for Anthony Davis, signaling to the rest of the NBA that they are looking to win it all this season.

The Lakers also picked up Danny Green and Avery Bradley, two 3-and-D guards. They added point guard Quinn Cook too, a three-year pro out of Duke who has backed up Stephen Curry for the last two seasons.

In the front court, LA’s two main additions outside of Davis were DeMarcus Cousins and Dwight Howard. Unfortunately for the Lakers, Cousins tore his ACL this summer, which will cause him to miss most, if not all, of the season. However, the Lakers still have JaVale McGee and Howard at center, plus Anthony Davis is fully capable of playing center, even though he seems to prefer to stick to the power forward position.

The Lakers could use a few more outside shooters, but they should be above average at every other facet of the game. They now have two superstars and a solid supporting cast, which puts them in the same category as the other top teams in the league.

Next: How the Rockets match up on offense

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