It has been five years since the Los Angeles Lakers have made the NBA Playoffs back in 2013. This is a team that was once known as the greatest show on the court. They are also a team that has retired some of the greatest players to have ever stepped on an NBA court. If we go down the list of greats from the Lakers we have Shaquille O’Neal, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and of course, the most recent to retire, Kobe Bryant. The past four years have been a serious rebuilding project for this team and the retirement of Kobe Bryant did not help the process as well. A team that was dependent on a guy for twenty years now must now start all over. The Lakers scored big in the 2017 draft by acquiring Lonzo Ball and Kyle Kuzma. Although the Lakers failed to make the playoffs, the 2017 season saw much better improvement than in previous years. Not only did the Lakers win the 2017 Summer League Championship, but the rookies had an all-around consistent season. However, the 2018 draft really did not favor the Lakers well according to various NBA analysts. In my opinion, I thought the acquisition of Moritz Wagner from the University of Michigan was a good pickup. Now for the first time in a couple years the Lakers have a big man that is an outside threat. The Lakers also acquired Isaiah Thomas from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Unfortunately, this was short lived. Thomas played a little over half of the 2017-18 season with the Lakers just to get traded to the Denver Nuggets in the 2018 Summer League. Probably the biggest news of the summer was Lebron James signing a four-year $154 million contract with the Lakers. Not only was this shocking, but the Lakers made some other trades to find players to build around James. At the point position trading Isaiah Thomas opened the door for Rajon Rondo. The Lakers also acquired JaVale McGee and Lance Stephenson. With all the trades, the starting lineup is looking to be Rondo, Stephenson, Kuzma, James, and Ingram. This could be one of the deadliest line-ups in the league if used properly. Could this be the Laker team that we have been waiting to see since the retirement of Kobe Bryant? The League could be in for a spectacular surprise.