Do the L.A. Lakers Need a Great Bench to Win the 2013 NBA Title?

October 27th, 2012 by Hadarii Jones Leave a reply »
Dwight's Howard's successful, earlier-than-expected return during the 2012 NBA preseason has answered some of the Los Angeles Lakers' questions concerning chemistry, because while Howard did look rusty after his extended layoff, it was hard to tell from the stat sheet.

Howard scored 19 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and swatted four shot attempts against the Sacramento Kings, but more importantly, most of his baskets came off assists from the very teammates with whom Howard is seeking to establish chemistry.

The Lakers' starting five looked pretty comfortable on the court together, and while they will still face some growing pains down the road, they have the potential to be very good, much sooner than analysts and pundits have predicted.

If Kobe Bryant's foot doesn't become a lingering issue, the Lakers will have the league's most dominant starting five before the calendar shifts to December, but has the the team's reserve unit improved enough to keep pace?

Last season the Lakers had one of the worst benches in the NBA, and after they hit rock bottom, you would think that the only direction they have to go is up.

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