Los Angeles Lakers


2014/15 SEASON ROSTER
 
NUM PLAYER POS HT SALARY
24 Kobe Bryant G 6-6 $23,500,000
7 Jeremy Lin G 6-3 $14,898,938
10 Steve Nash G 6-3 $9,701,000
27 Jordan Hill F 6-10 $9,000,000
0 Nick Young G 6-7 $4,994,420
5 Carlos Boozer F-C 6-8 $3,250,000
30 Julius Randle F 6-9 $2,997,360
4 Ryan Kelly F 6-11 $1,650,000
7 Xavier Henry G 6-6 $1,082,000
21 Ed Davis F 6-10 $981,084
11 Wesley Johnson F 6-7 $981,084
50 Robert Sacre C 7-0 $915,243
6 Jordan Clarkson G 6-4 $0
21 Wayne Ellington G 6-4 $0
0 Ronnie Price G 6-2 $0
 

ADDITIONS:
Carlos Boozer (Chicago), Jordan Clarkson (Missouri), Ed Davis (Memphis), Jeremy Lin (Houston) and Julius Randle (Kentucky).

SUBTRACTIONS:
Kent Bazemore (Atlanta), MarShon Brooks (Olimpia Milano), Jordan Farmar (LA Clippers), Pau Gasol (Chicago), Chris Kaman (Portland), Kendall Marshall (Milwaukee) and Jodie Meeks (Detroit).

CONTRACT YEAR:
Carlos Boozer, Ed Davis, Xavier Henry, Wesley Johnson, Jeremy Lin and Steve Nash.

STRENGTHS:

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.

WEAKNESSES:

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.

AVERAGE PLAYER:
27 years and 331 days (opening day), 6 foot 6.80 inches, 217 lbs.

WINNING PERCENTAGE (2009-2014):
227-167 (57.6)

PROJECTION:
4th Pacific Division / 11th Western Conference

PROJECTED STARTERS:

PG: Jeremy Lin Better scorer than playmaker. One of the worst starting point guards in the NBA.
SG: Kobe Bryant Laker legend is leaps and bounds ahead of his teammates. Physical condition is a question mark.
SF: Xavier Henry Was having a pretty decent season last year before going down to injury.
PF: Carlos Boozer Strong and skilled forward that will put up numbers. Defensive effort is a problem with him.
C: Jordan Hill Very good rebounder and solid defender. Has missed 34 percent of games due to injury during NBA career.
Sixth: Nick Young Fan favorite. Never met a shot he didn't like. Aside from getting buckets, doesn't bring much to the table.