Lakers Are Favorites to Win NBA Title With Only Three Players on Roster

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - DECEMBER 18: LeBron James #23, Kyle Kuzma #0, and Josh Hart #3 of the Los Angeles Lakers react during a timeout in the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Barclays Center on December 18, 2018 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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After shedding the contracts of Moritz Wagner, Issac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones on Thursday as part of the reworked Anthony Davis trade, the Los Angeles Lakers now have maximum cap space as they build their roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis. Additionally, they no longer have enough players to field a complete starting five.

Apparently, being able to put a team on the court is overrated according to the betting market, as the Lakers are still favored to win the NBA championship next year, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

With only James, Davis and Kyle Kuzma currently on the roster, the team is still the favorite to take home the Larry O'Brien Trophy next summer.

The NBA is a stars' league, and this scenario serves as the perfect example of that. In a league in which three-point shooting has become increasingly important, the Lakers don't even have a guard on their roster. However, the futures market is still pricing them as a team that will end up being the best in the league next year, based primarily on the unique talents of James and Davis.

This goes to show the type of impact other free agents will have on the league landscape once they figure out their teams for next season. Once free agency destinations for Kawhi Leonard, Kyrie Irving and Kemba Walker become known, the teams they sign with are sure to see their NBA Championship odds increase significantly.

While the Lakers have the foundation of a potential championship roster right now, they still will need to fill out their lineup before anyone can properly assess them.

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