New addition Lou Williams has been handling most of the scoring duties during the team’s preseason slate. In the Lakers first three preseason games, losses to the Utah Jazz twice and the Toronto Raptors, Williams led the team in scoring with 14, 20 and 19 points in the respective games.
Kobe Bryant looked healthy in an exhibition against Maccabi Haifa on October 11th, leading the team with 21 points while rookie guard D’Angelo Russell dished out 11 assists. Jordan Clarkson led the team in scoring in their next three preseason games, having 17 points each time. In seven games, the Lakers have gone 3-4 with one final preseason contest before the games start counting.
The Lakers face the defending champion Golden State Warriors Thursday night at the Honda Center. According to TiqIQ.com, the average ticket price for the preseason finale is $112.28 with a get-in price of $38. It’s an opportune time to see quality basketball before the regular season begins and the ticket prices rise. The average price for Lakers tickets for the home and season opener against the Timberwolves is $256.88 and a get-in price of $62.
Los Angeles plans on being significantly better than last year’s disastrous season, which ended up being one of the worst seasons in franchise history. The Lakers are playing as if they had two top picks in the draft, as they selected Russell with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft and have Julius Randle returning from injury. Randle was hurt in the first game of last season and missed the entire year after being selected No. 7 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.
Although the Lakers had a poor season and saw another injury to future Hall-of-Fame guard Bryant, they discovered Jordan Clarkson who was named to the All-Rookie team.