Los Angeles Lakers 2021-22 NBA Roster: Experienced Additions in Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony

Published 08/07/2021, 8:27 AM EDT


The Los Angeles Lakers dropped multiple bombshells in the off-season. They were proactive in their approach towards acquiring new players, and have managed a great squad. After a below par 2020-21 season, bringing the NBA Championship back to LA will be the principal goal for LeBron James and co; and they have shaped up a potent side. How will the LA Lakers setup look this upcoming season?

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Incoming Players

  • Russell Westbrook

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In a move that sent shock waves around the basketball fraternity, owner Jeanie Buss and her team opted to bring in 32-year-old Russell Westbrook from Washington. Despite many people questioning the move, Westbrook brings tons of experience to the table. Moreover, the guard has a great rapport with Lakers’ leading men LeBron James and Anthony Davis. The former NBA MVP will be desperate to secure a title with his new franchise.

  • Carmelo Anthony

Another veteran joined the Lakers squad this year- Portland Trail Blazers legend Carmelo Anthony. At 37 years of age, Anthony is a 10-time All-Star, and has been part of three separate Olympic winning sides with Team USA. He is now likely to improve the strength of the Lakers off the bench.

  • Trevor Ariza
  • Wayne Ellington
  • Kent Bazemore
  • Kendrick Nunn
  • Malik Monk
  • Dwight Howard

Outgoing Players

  • Alex Caruso

Few expected the exit, but Alex Caruso is on his way out of the yellow and purple. The 27-year-old is a talent in high demand. He has already won a title with the Lakers a couple of seasons ago, but will find a new home in the NBA.

  • Kyle Kuzma
  • Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
  • Montrezl Harrell
  • Andre Drummond
  • Ben McLemore
  • Alfonso McKinnie
  • Kostas Antetokounmpo

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Los Angeles Lakers 2021-22 Squad So Far

Jun 3, 2021; Los Angeles, California, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) reacts in the second quarter against the Phoenix Suns during game six in the first round of the 2021 NBA Playoffs. at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports | Courtesy: Reuters
  • LeBron James
  • Anthony Davis
  • Marc Gasol
  • Talen Horton-Tucker
  • Denis Schroder*
  • Wesley Mathews*
  • Devontae Cacok*
  • Jared Dudley*
  • Kendrick Nunn
  • Carmelo Anthony
  • Russell Westbrook
  • Wayne Ellington
  • Malik Monk
  • Kent Bazemore
  • Trevor Ariza

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Apart from the fact that age will not favor the Lakers, they have a destructive squad. Provided LeBron and his men can deliver on the big stage, their experience should carry them through. Where do you see Frank Vogel’s Lakers finishing this season?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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