|2014/15 SEASON ROSTER|
Kent Bazemore (Atlanta), MarShon Brooks (Olimpia Milano), Jordan Farmar (LA Clippers), Pau Gasol (Chicago), Chris Kaman (Portland), Kendall Marshall (Milwaukee) and Jodie Meeks (Detroit).
A healthy Kobe Bryant could still be one of the premier perimeter players in the NBA ... There will be competitive fire as long as Bryant is around ... Carlos Boozer is an underrated power forward with excellent scoring and rebounding skills ... Nick Young should be one of the best bench players in the league again this season ... Pretty strong three-point shooting team ... Solid big man rotation.
If Kobe is not Kobe, they are headed to the lottery ... Head coach Byron Scott wants to emphasize defense, but the Lakers don't really have the personnel to be a strong defensive team ... L.A. gave up 109.2 ppg on average last season ... While they have a good number of scorers, they don't have many facilitators that can create for others ... Steve Nash is on his last wheels and can't be counted upon for much ... In a conference with Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Russell Westbrook, Goran Dragic, etcetera, the Lakers will be constantly overmatched at the point guard position ... Pretty big hole at the small forward spot ... Byron Scott has fantastic Laker credentials, but NBA coaching resume is nothing to call home about.
27 years and 331 days (opening day), 6 foot 6.80 inches, 217 lbs.
WINNING PERCENTAGE (2009-2014):
4th in the Pacific Division / 12th in the Western Conference