The Lakers are now dumping 1st round picks like they were candy. They are dumping their player development in favor of getting top heavy.
There aren't many teams that have 4 players making 10+ million and they have the highest paid player in basketball. When you spend money on premium talent you don't have much left for mediocre or prospect talent.
Their last decent 1st rounder was Sasha and he was a good contributor to the bench during their championship seasons.
Their second round picks have all been awful (as expected).
That's why they haven't built a bench. B/c in championship seasons, the Laker first round picks were bench players (Farmar, Sasha, D George). Now their bench players are journeymen...
2009-2014. 3 World Series Championships, 2 Stanley Cup Championships, 2 NBA Championships, and a Super Bowl Appearance. 3 No-Hitters, 1 Perfect Game, 3 NFC Title Games, Jim Harbaugh, Bruce Bochy, Phil Jackson, Daryl Sutter.
2015-??? Lakers stink, Kings missed the playoffs, Giants are hanging in there, 49ers are staring at lean years ahead.