Los Angeles Lakers: NBA 2K23 Lakers 2022-23 Season Simulation

After a summer where a lot of trading possibilities were offered Lakers Fans, the most likely outcome Now it looks like the Lakers are running it again. While LeBron James and Anthony Davis were fans of the comeback, Russell Westbrook was far from it, and the team tried to find a new landing spot for him throughout the off-season.

Obviously, we can’t go back and review every scenario to see what works best. At least not actually. Fortunately, it’s the 21st century and we can see a realistic (ish) simulation of those scenarios with NBA 2K23, which is exactly what I did.

Here are the results:

What if Ross stays?

Let’s start with the baseline for Ross stays put and the Lakers do nothing this chapter. The good news is that LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Ross were healthy enough for the Lakers to finish 45-37, and tied with the Warriors for fifth.

LeBron and Ross each played 82 games and AD played 80. But what’s less realistic is that Kendrick Noon also played 80 games. LeBron and AD had big seasons, averaging 24.9 and 20.1 points per game, respectively.

As for Ross, he averaged 11 points, 5.5 assists and 4.9 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per game. Lonnie Walker played more minutes per game and Patrick Beverly was just short of Ross, who also shot 42.3% from the field and 25.7% from the 3-point streak.

Luka Doncic won the game MVP with a flat line of 34.9 points, 11.4 rebounds and 9.3 assists per game on 51.9% shooting from the field, 42.6% shooting from the arc and 88.2% shooting from the line. LeBron joined him in honoring the First Team All-NBA while AD was named the 1st All-Defense Team.

The Lakers lost the tiebreak to the Warriors and were the sixth seed in the playoffs, meeting the third seed Timberwolves. Behind D’Angelo Russell, averaging 28.8 points and notching a pair of doubles, the Minnesota Lakers swept out of the playoffs.

Disgusting, the Celtics He won the title over Memphis with #FutureLaker Jayson Tatum averaging 40.2 points per game in the finals.

This is the worst schedule.

What if the Lakers take Pacers Show?

at this point, One of the few options left for the Lakers Pacers are trading, if they are willing to pay venture capital. There are no actual consequences for me to trade these two picks, though, in 2K, so let’s take them there.

(For the record, I had to spend about 10 minutes figuring out how to force the trades because Ross, two first-round picks and Wayne Gabriel for Buddy Heald and Miles Turner were not accepted by the Pacers.)

In short, the Lakers were the dominant team. They finished 59-23, the best record in the league. While Luca once again won MVP, Darvin Hamm won Coach of the Year and LeBron was named second by the All-NBA Team.

LeBron and AD eliminated the 20-point limit per game with AD adding 10.2 rebounds. Buddy Hield averaged 14.9 points on 44.7% of 3 points on the season and Miles Turner had 9.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks in 57 games.

In the worst plot twist ever, the ninth-seeded Suns won the tournament to take on the Lakers as the eighth seed, then upset them in seven games. The Lakers had a 3-2 lead in the series, then was blown up in Game 6 behind a 50-point performance from Devin Booker to force a game seven as well-rounded Chris Paul gave Phoenix a stunning win.

AD was amazing in the streak, including a performance of 18 points, 21 rebounds, and 7 assists in a Game 2 win. He also earned 28 points and 13 rebounds in Game 3, but only hits with LeBron 14-29 in Game 7 together. .

He upset the Phoenix Clippers in the second round before falling to the Pelicans who reached The NBA Finals Before you sweep it…Brooklyn Networks and Keri Irving.

This is the worst schedule.

What if the Lakers traded for Kyrie Irving?

Look, we need some good vibes after these two results. Let’s go back in time and pretend that the Lakers traded Ross and two first-round picks to the Nets for Kyrie Irving and Joe Harris, Which seemed to be the closest the two sides could reach to an agreement.

The Lakers finished 52-30, the second best player in the Western Conference behind Memphis Grizzlies. Luka again won the MVP award, LeBron once again took the Second Team All-NBA and AD was the 2nd Team All-Defense.

LeBron, A.D., and Keri are averaging over 20 points per game, and Kerry fired fifty-three percent of the three-point streak. Lonnie Walker IV was the only other Lakers to hit double digits on the season as Harris averaged 7.6 points on 40.6% of shooting from depth.

Once again, the Suns are a playing team, and once again, they figure out a way to play with the Lakers in the first round. Improbably, the Phoenix beat the Lakers, this time in six games. Poker has a game 4 of 47 points to tie the chain with a 2-2 score, 51 points in a game of 5 to give them 3-2 and 44 game points of 6 to win the chain.

I didn’t finish the qualifying simulation. I have a mission.

What if the Lakers annihilated the Suns franchise?

I have suspended the salary cap. The need to match salaries in occupations has been discontinued. You run a trade bypass.

She replaced Ross vs. Steve Curry, Jay Huff vs. Giannis Antetokounmpo, Max Christie vs. Jason Tatum, Damian Jones vs. Luka Doncic, and Wayne Gabriel for Pam Adebayo.

The team starts 15-0. Their first loss? The Phoenix Suns. We get our revenge after a month to move on to 29-1. We hit them 40 in late March.

Luca won the World Player of the Year award and Darvin Hamm, who led the Lakers to 76-6, is Coach of the Year. Our average is 132.3 points per game and we have a score difference of 26.8 points per game.

Phoenix enters the post-season as the seventh seed, but is completely overwhelmed by the idea of ​​playing this team and jams, having lost both games completely missing the playoffs including to Luka-less Mavs.

We lose two games in the entire playoff to win the title against Cleveland. Luca wins the best player award in the finals. I won, but at what cost.

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