How Far Will LA Lakers Go in the NBA Playoffs This Season?

January 15th, 2013 by Richard Le Leave a reply »
Assuming the Los Angeles Lakers are able to overcome their regular-season struggles and limp into the playoffs, they'll be no more than a first round exit. 

The Lakers are just not a well-constructed basketball team. Even on paper, they don't appear to have the talent most people expected them to have.

Putting aside the chemistry and system issues for the time being, the Lakers have gotten weaker at almost every position.

Although Steve Nash is a clear upgrade offensively to his predecessor, Ramon Sessions, Nash is a much greater defensive liability and his injury woes at the beginning of the season validate preseason concerns regarding his durability. 

An even greater concern than Nash's defensive liability is the lack of depth at the point guard position. Though Steve Blake is a decent backup, his injuries have kept him on the bench, and the backup spot is currently being manned by the aging Chris Duhon and Darius Morris. 

At the shooting guard position, Bryant continues to be the only consistent offense threat on this roster. Scoring 29.8 points per game on a career-high 47.5 shooting percentage, B ...

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