15 games into Lebron James’ first season with the Lakers, they are 8th place in the Western Conference with an 8-7 record. While still an improvement compared to the last three seasons, their performance is still a little lackluster considering they have the best player on the planet.

Previously in 2010, Lebron took his talents to South Beach and joined the Miami Heat for the 2010-2011 season and in 2014 returned to his hometown and joined the Cleveland Cavaliers for the 2014-2015 season. Now in 2018, Lebron has left his hometown for Los Angeles to join the young Los Angeles Lakers for the 2018-2019 season. Let’s compare each of these teams’ records through the first 15 games to see if the Lakers’ rocky start is a sign that maybe the Lakers aren’t as good as the hype, or if it is just a good team learning how to play with each other.

2010-2011 Heat

Record through 15 games: 8-7

Season outcome: 58-24 record, lost in Finals to Mavericks

 

2014-2015 Cavaliers

Record through 15 games: 8-7

Season outcome: 53-29 record, lost in Finals to Warriors

 

2018-2019 Lakers

Record through 15 games: 8-7

Season outcome: ?

 

As you can see every time Lebron has joined a new team, that team has gone 8-7 in their first 15 games with him. However, both the 2010-2011 Heat and the 2014-2015 Cavs eventually found their footing and had very successful 50+ win seasons in which they went to the Finals. Each eventually won a championship later in Lebron’s tenure with the team. So, we can predict that even though the Lakers are off to a slow start, this is nothing to panic about and is perfectly normal for a team getting acclimated to playing with the greatest player on the planet. Based on this historical analysis, I predict that the Lakers will win over 50 games this year and will make the conference finals in an extremely tough Western Conference carried by Lebron James.

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