ESPN already projected the Lakers to finish last in the Western Conference with a record of 25-57 in their Summer forecast. Now they have released their RPM rankings (real plus minus) and that shows the Lakers to have the worst record in the league at 24.3 wins.
Take these projections with a grain of salt as RPM is not a good indicator of much, in my opinion. For example, RPM has the Clippers finishing with 46.3 wins, which would be the lowest of all projections I’ve seen for them. They also have the Kings projected to win 37.7 games, which is far and away the highest projection I’ve seen.
In terms of player by player evaluation, RPM had Nikola Jokic as the 9th best player in the NBA and Ricky Rubio as the 17th best. Unless we all agree that Kevin Love is better than DeMarcus Cousins, James Harden and Al Horford, RPM probably isn’t a great indicator of much.
With all of this said, I don’t think 24 wins is a terrible projection for the Lakers this season, I personally have them winning 28 give or take 5 games. They have a rookie head coach, a lot of new players, and even their tenured Lakers are below the age of 25. This season should be about development. I wouldn’t be too concerned with stats or rankings and the Lakers shouldn’t either. Every day progression should be the goal.