We don't have the talent for someone with Josh's skill set--a versatile, athletic complimentary glue guy. But the Lakers do.
It's possible that it doesn't work out. But I think it is also possible that he really begins to shine in L.A. Heck, ESPN highlights loved him as a Pacer. Imagine the PR he'll get as a Laker.
"I like our group of people," Ainge told USA Today. "I'm trying to teach them about basketball, and they're trying to teach me about analytics."
Lamar was asked to be a star on a horrible Clippers team, and was asked to play significantly more minutes. Josh was a supporting player on a playoff team last year, and played his role perfectly. Far fewer minutes, but if you compare their numbers on the standard per 36 minutes basis, the comparison holds up.
Lamar averaged 15.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 3.8 assists, while shooting .439/.326/.777
Josh averaged 12.0 points, 8.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists, while shooting .547/.383/.739
That was as a complementary player to guys like Collison, Granger, and Hibbert. Make him a complementary player to guys like Kobe, Pau, and Bynum (or maybe CP3 or Howard) and you don't think that kind of production will translate even better?
Kobe Bryant is going to make Josh McRoberts a MUCH better player. Kobe is going to be hard on the kid, but he will be willing to work hard to improve. Kobe will help set him up and see the game better. McRoberts is going to be a much better player in LA than he was here, and I loved his game here. Inconsistent is a word I would use to describe our entire roster the last couple of years. Rush gets most of the blame because he failed a drug test and it is too easy. McRoberts doesn't get the love, because 90% of people don't watch the game. If we had a more consistent situation, there is no reason for him to be going anywhere, but he is and I wish him well.
Did I mention he is going to blow up in Lakerland?
"Your course, your path, is not going to be like mine," West says. "Everybody is not called to be a multimillionaire. Everybody's not called to be the president. Whatever your best work is, you do it. Do it well. … You cease your own greatness when you aspire to be someone else."