Roy Hibbert makes exciting promise ahead of début Lakers season

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If you were to compile a list of reasons why the Los Angeles Lakers have found themselves at the bottom end of the NBA in recent seasons you might run out of paper before causes.

The Lakers' defensive frailties, though, might come somewhere near the top of that list considering the famous franchise ranked second last in points allowed and defensive efficiency last season.

Big claims

The team must become less charitable if they are to improve next season. Comments, then, from new arrival Roy Hibbert on just what he plans to bring to the court this year will excite Lakers fans.


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Speaking during his introduction to the media, the former Indiana Pacers star made clear his expectations for 2015-16:

"I expect to play at an All-Star defensive level, and everything else will come."

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Hibbert, much like the Lakers themselves, endured a tough time of things last season, his relationship with Indiana deteriorating just as fast as his on-court performances.

Defensive talents

The 7 ft 2 inch center is however a natural born defensive star. He made the All-NBA Defensive Second Team in 2014 and has shown at times during his career that he can hold out even the best offensive teams in the league.

While his offensive game may take a little longer to return to form, the Lakers will be more than happy to welcome on board All-Star level defensive performances as they look to turn things around.

The Lakers have made a habit of giving up 100-point games under Byron Scott and, whilst Hibbert's claims are bold, even a Roy Hibbert of 2013 and '14 All-Star level will need help on the defensive side of the ball.

Lakers fans: What are the minimum expectations for the Lakers next season? Have your say in the comments below...

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