STAYING: Tarik Black, Jabari Brown, Kobe Bryant, Jordan Clarkson, Ryan Kelly, Julius Randle, Robert Sacre and Nick Young.
ADDED: Brandon Bass (Boston), Anthony Brown (Stanford), Michael Frazier (Florida), Roy Hibbert (Indiana), Jonathan Holmes (Texas), Larry Nance Jr (Wyoming), D’Angelo Russell (Ohio State) and Louis Williams (Toronto).
GONE: Vander Blue (Free Agent), Carlos Boozer (Free Agent), Ed Davis (Portland), Wayne Ellington (Detroit), Jordan Hill (Indiana), Wesley Johnson (LA Clippers), Jeremy Lin (Charlotte) and Ronnie Price (Phoenix).
STRENGTHS: Plenty of offensive firepower in the backcourt … Kobe Bryant is a declining star, but a star nonetheless … If healthy, he can still do a lot of damage … Louis Williams and Nick Young are certain to give the Lakers scoring punch … That’s what they do … Jordan Clarkson showed a lot of promise his rookie year … His potential has L.A. fans excited … At his best, Roy Hibbert is an elite defensive player … Brandon Bass is a solid addition at the power forward spot.
WEAKNESSES: A lot of questions about Bryant … At age 37 and with recurring injury problems lately, there’s no guarantee he’s going to be able to deliver like the Lakers need him to … The top backcourt players are all of the shoot-first type … Not many playmakers, especially if D’Angelo Russell is not ready to contribute … Ball movement and shot selection is not likely to be be top-notch … Frontcourt is nothing to call home about unless Hibbert gets his confidence back and reminds us of the impact player he was a few years back … Not much in terms of low-post threats … Byron Scott is an old-school coach and not in a good way.
PREDICTION: 4th in the Pacific Division / 10th in the Western Conference.