The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The 2012-2013 season had to be very difficult to watch for the fans of the Los Angeles Lakers. Still, the hardship had to be that must worse to endure for the players that were on the court. A team that consisted of at least six All-Stars had to play down to the wire to make it into the post season just to be sent away in four games. Injuries, new coaches and off the court issues kept one of the most popular teams in sports from playing to their full potential and questions arise whether or not time has passed them by.
Anytime conversation starts about the Lakers begins with Kobe Bryant. Coming off the Achilles injury that sidelined him towards the end of the season, eyes are watching to see if Bryant will be able to return to form at 35 years of age. He's the unheralded leader of this team and one of the top players in the league so his numbers will always be amongst the highest ranked in the NBA.
After Bryant the Lakers roster is quite rocky. Pau Gasol has sworn that he will return to the level of play that helped the Lakers win two titles since joining the organization. After drawing the ire of many fans last season with low points and rebound averages, the Lakers were ready to ship him off but now that Dwight Howard is gone the team will have to rely on its Spanish big man. 39-year old Steve Nash is also coming back for another season after injuries kept him out for a good part of last year. Nash will always be effective when it comes to distributing the ball to teammates but there are other areas where he is needed that may be a struggle.
Beyond these three players the Lakers have players that may not be well known but can still be effective in spurts. Jordan Farmar, Steve Blake, Nick Young and Chris Kaman are worth noting on the roster. It's going to take more than the LA Lakers “Big Three” to get this team into the post season and looking for that help is going to be the season long question.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Steve Nash, PG: 12.7 PPG, 6.7 APG
Kobe Bryant, SG: 27.3 PPG, 6 APG
Shawne Williams, SF: 4.5 PPG, 2.7 RPG
Pau Gasol, PF: 13.7 PPG, 8.6 RPG
Chris Kaman, C: 10.5 PPG, 5.6 RPG
Expected Season Finish
10th in the Western Conference