2013/14 SEASON ROSTER
 
NUM PLAYER POS HT SALARY
24 Kobe Bryant G 6-6 $30,453,000
16 Pau Gasol F 7-1 $19,285,850
10 Steve Nash G 6-3 $9,300,500
5 Steve Blake G 6-3 $4,000,000
27 Jordan Hill F 6-10 $3,500,000
9 Chris Kaman C 7-0 $3,183,000
20 Jodie Meeks G 6-4 $1,550,000
1 Jordan Farmar G 6-2 $1,106,942
0 Nick Young G 6-6 $1,106,942
3 Shawne Williams F 6-9 $1,027,424
7 Xavier Henry G 6-6 $916,099
11 Wesley Johnson F 6-7 $916,099
50 Robert Sacre C 7-0 $788,873
2 Elias Harris F 6-8 $490,180
4 Ryan Kelly F 6-11 $490,180
 

Los Angeles Lakers      

ADDITIONS:
Jordan Farmar (Anadolu Efes), Elias Harris (Gonzaga), Xavier Henry (New Orleans), Wesley Johnson (Phoenix), Chris Kaman (Dallas), Ryan Kelly (Duke), Shawne Williams (Guangzhou Liu Sui) and Nick Young (Philadelphia).

SUBTRACTIONS:
Earl Clark (Cleveland), Chris Duhon (Free Agent), Devin Ebanks (Free Agent), Andrew Goudelock (UNICS Kazan), Dwight Howard (Houston), Antawn Jamison (LA Clippers), Darius Morris (Philadelphia) and Metta World Peace (New York).

CONTRACT YEAR:
Steve Blake, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Jordan Hill, Wesley Johnson, Chris Kaman, Jodie Meeks and Shawne Williams.

STRENGTHS:
A healthy Kobe Bryant should still be a force in the NBA ... He's the type of player that can will a team to the playoffs ... With no Dwight Howard around, Pau Gasol will be a more featured player offensively ... With added confidence, he could become a very efficient offensive player again ... Even in the twighlight of his career, Steve Nash is a fantastic playmaker ... They have many three-point threats ... Nick Young and Chris Kaman have been potent offensive players at times during their pro careers ... The franchise still has a winning culture, so you can discount tanking here.
WEAKNESSES:
The three best players on the team are well in their 30s and come off injury-riddled seasons ... Durability will be a major concern ... Bryant may rush his return for the Lakers to be competitive, which may not be the smart thing to do ... The supporting cast around Bryant, Gasol and Nash is not exactly top-notch ... None of the role players averaged more than 11 ppg or 6 rpg in the NBA last season ... They are extremely weak at the small forward position ... Even with a presence like Howard, the Lakers were a subpar defensive team last season ... With no Howard, they may be in a world of trouble there ... So many players on contract years that this will hardly be a cohesive unit ... Bryant and Gasol were not exactly on the same page with Mike D'Antoni last season ... D'Antoni is not a strong voice in the locker room in L.A. for what we've seen so far.

AVERAGE PLAYER:
28 years and 223 days (opening day), 6 foot 7.48 inches, 220 lbs.

WINNING PERCENTAGE (2008-2013):
265-129 (67.2 percent)

PROJECTION:
3rd in the Pacific Division / 8th in the Western Conference

PROJECTED STARTERS
PG: Steve Nash SG: Kobe Bryant SF: Nick Young
Outstanding playmaker and shooter that gave the Lakers very little due to injury last season. The Lakers will go as far as he can take them. His recovery from Achilles tendon surgery will be key. Trigger happy Nick Young and Kobe Bryant will often have to play out of position at small forward.
PF: Pau Gasol C: Chris Kaman Sixth: Jordan Hill
Finesse big man that comes off the most frustrating season in his NBA career. Can he bounce back at 33? Skilled offensive player that doesn't try hard at all on the defensive side of the ball. Solid rotation big man that has not been able to stay healthy for long stretches. Has played 187 games in four seasons.