July 12, 2013
After the dust settles from the Dwightmare, Laker Nation is left wondering what’s next for Hollywood’s team. There are so many questions for next year and beyond. Gone are Howard, Metta World Peace, and Antawn Jamison. Steve Nash will be 39 and coming off a tough season statistically, and who knows if/when Kobe Bryant’s Achilles will fully heal? I personally would like the see the Lakers blow this team up and join the “Tank-for-Wiggins” campaign. Wiggins looks promising and next years draft will feature plenty of players with all-star potential. However, this likely won’t be the route the Lakers take… so now what?
After signing former PG Jordan Farmer, swingman Nick Young, C Chris Kaman, drafting former Duke big man Robert Kelly, and assuming Chris Douglas-Roberts will make the roster… this is how the 2014 Lakers will look:
PG Nash — Blake — Farmar
SG Kobe — Meeks
SF Young — Douglas-Roberts
PF Hill — Kelly
C Gasol — Kaman — Sacre
If Kobe can return by the All-Star break, this team has a decent chance of making the playoffs. Gasol’s numbers will increase with Howard’s absence, Nick Young is streaky but can provide some instant offense, and the back up PG’s are serviceable. Nothing will be certain though in the Wild Western Conference as teams like the Thunder, Warriors, Rockets, Pelicans, and Trail Blazers are steadily improving.
This team looks destined for another 1st round exit. However, the Los Angeles Lakers’ success is defined by championships not playoff appearances. It looks like Lakers fans will have to get used to a few years of mediocrity before Mitch Kupchak can reel in another franchise cornerstone to return the Lakers to championship glory. #SadderDay