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Topic: Looking ahead to next season we wonder which player, besides Kobe Bryant, will be the most crucial to the Los Angeles Lakers’ success this season.

Context: Next season, the Lakers have a massive challenge ahead of them. In the always tough Western Conference, it takes about 50 wins just to make the playoffs, and the Lakers had only 27 last season.

In the Pacific Division alone, the Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors are top contenders in the West while the Phoenix Suns were only one win away from the playoffs.

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Most people are in agreement that a healthy Kobe Bryant will be the leader of this team and be the most important player on this team. But after him, who is next?

NBA veterans like Carlos Boozer and Jeremy Lin are likely to start and play major roles with the team. Jordan Hill makes $9 million this year which brings a lot of pressure, Steve Nash is trying to have one good year with the Lakers, and Nick Young is probably the best scorer next to Kobe.

The Lakers are also young and the development and potential of guys like Julius Randle, Ed Davis, and Jordan Clarkson will be important not just this season, but for the future of the team as well. Kobe Bryant expects to win every time he steps on the court, but which player will be most instrumental in helping him achieve that goal?

Verdict: We went to Twitter to ask the loyal Lakers Nation followers which player besides Kobe will be most important to the success of the Lakers. These are some of the responses:

With so many players who can potentially play a huge role on this Lakers team, the fact that the fans are pretty well split on this question makes perfect sense.

Lin and Boozer were probably mentioned the most, but there were also plenty of fans mentioning Nash, Randle, and Young. Needless to say, there are a lot of possibilities for the Lakers this year.

I’m personally torn on this subject. On one hand, point guard is the most important position on the floor, especially in the West with the likes of Russell Westbrook, Tony Parker, and Damian Lillard around. But at the end of the day, I keep coming back to Jordan Hill.

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Hill will almost definitely be the starter at center. He is being paid $9 million and will have to prove he can play more than 30 minutes a night while still providing the energy and rebounding everyone is used to. Additionally, the focus will be on defense and Hill will be the Lakers’ last line on that end. Hill must provide the rim protection the Lakers sorely needed last season.

If Hill’s numbers this year can be similar to his per-36 numbers last season (around 17 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocks), the Lakers will be much better than expected.

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Corey is currently a full-time staff writer for Lakers Nation. He is a passionate follower of the Los Angeles Lakers and Dallas Cowboys and can usually be seen arguing the merits of Kobe Bryant or cursing the decisions of Jerry Jones. He is also a former producer and associate producer for Sirius XM Sports Radio. Follow him on twitter @TheeCoreyH

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  • vdogg

    jelemy rin.

    • 愛利沙

      Plz spell Lin correctly

      • JohnnyHomeless

        Prz spell collectly?

        • Badazztj12

          Damn you cant read and spell correctly.

      • Ric V. Avelino

        That was intentional. Am sure.

        • Stockmarketgod

          I think they are rednecks

          • busherbee

            Immigrants spell better than hicks.

          • Stockmarketgod

            I think its is a redneck thing, they use to own this game, now they dont, but now they have an Asian do well at it… must really get their low IQs off in a knot

            they are really going to hate it when there is Lin and a half Filipino playing

          • busherbee

            It’s just a matter of time really till the redneck gene is extinct, so they can whine and moan till they’re eventually phased out.

    • Josh

      Shpell correctry preeze

  • Paytc

    Obviously Kobe ! Just look at how they fall apart without the heart and soul he brings to the team. Who else comes to play night after night on both sides of the ball, at home and on the road without taking a play off?

    No matter who we get Kobe will be the team leader until he retires and rightfully so being the best player in the league during his era.

    We do need a capable point guard. We will have to see what combination of PG ‘s works best because who ever we have will need to rest part of the game.

    • http://www.haveslot.com/ richard

      Obviously, you didn’t read the memo… “Looking ahead to next season we wonder which player, besides Kobe Bryant, will be the most crucial to the Los Angeles Lakers’ success this season.”

      IMO, it’s going to be Jeremy Lin and Jordan Hill. If Lin can provide 13pts 7assist a night, and Hill comes up with 15pts 8rbs per, we are going to rock in the west…. Booze is good at 15pts 6rbs, Kobe will be kobe at 25 pts, 5rbs 5ast, Wes will be 8pts 5rbs… that’s about 80 points for your starters…. bench gets 20 pts average. . we should average around 100pts a game… not bad…

      • Paytc

        No I don’t usually read everything through thoroughly :-)
        But in all honesty, Kobe is the heart and soul, so he just needs a few healthy bodies around him for a change.

        I was trying to get across the point that Kobe’s leadership was the key until he retires. I then went on to say a point guard or actually two point guards sharing time would be key after Kobe. But nothing matters if we have the same health problems we’ve had the past two years.

      • Paytc

        I also think we need to play good team defense. We have enough offensive power if we can be healthy, but we need to clamp down on defense too. I think offensively what you are saying sounds very realistic. But can theses players stay healthy and bring defense when it matters? Hopefully yes ! Go Lakers !

      • JT Jeanry

        Best comment yet!

  • LakerSpartan117

    THIS GUY!!

    Ok ok… seriously in my mind its going to be our entire frontcourt (I know it says “which player” but in my mind its our general big men). If they rebound and hustle then we have a great chance of moving up the win column. Because we know we have wing players who can score (although we could use a starting-scoring SF like a Beasley, so Nick Young can score off the bench). But it starts up front, and if we fail to do those things then we will look just as bad as last years team.

    So our Big Men…. and Jesus. ;) GO Lakers!

    • Guest

      Well, Jordan Clarkson has the same initials. Maybe he’s the closest thing?

  • Lakers Rule The World

    Kobe

    • camo

      Why is this even a question? Of course it’s Kobe. This team crumbles without him on the court.

      • joshhh

        do u know how to read the article besides kobe

  • Gary

    After Kobe it’s Julius Randle.ROY for my mans Julius.

  • Leon

    Robert Sacre sucks we need a center that’s the black hole on the Lakers.

    • Paytc

      I think the team will lean on Jordan Hill. I also think they plan to develop Ryan Kelly. I think we need to play good team defense. We will be making moves before and during the season most likely. I just hope we keep a healthy roster for once. Health has hurt our team chemistry most of all. Just too many coaching and player shifts.

      • Leon

        Emeka Okafor is not getting much interest i think he is done because injury.I love Jordan Hill but i hate when he plays center because he is too small for the position and he gets players with more length that just outperform him because of his physical limitations with height.When he plays power forward he does much better and seems like a top tier level rebounder and he can score points anyways it is the way our roster is built we must deal with it.Now Ryan Kelly i love as a stretch Center i would much rather have Ryan Kelly playing center than Robert Sacre since Sacre is just too clumsy.Yeah man Ryan Kelly at Center brilliant idea i could see him becoming another Jack Sikma type of player.

        • Paytc

          I agree with your post. We just have to be patient because developing young players takes time. They also need a good mix of veterans around them who will work their butts off like Kobe and Jordan Hill.

          • Leon

            How about Ed Davis can he play Center?Do the Lakers plan on using him as a Center?I honestly just remembered he was even on the roster as he was a late addition and i missed the news.He seems too skinny to be a Center but good on defense.

          • Paytc

            I’m not sure but Ed Davis does appear to be a battler. I think he will be a good addition on both sides of the ball.

          • vdogg

            davis will play center. he is a great rim protector, has long arms and can jump. but yes, he does need to bulk up a bit.

          • joshhh

            okay ur exaggerating he’s not a great protector he’s an okay rim protector and his true postion is pf he didn’t even average 1 block last season he averaged like 0. something

          • vdogg

            if he gets the minutes, he will produce. you’ll see.

          • Paytc

            I’m eager to see Davis,Clarkson,and Randle play. Not to mention any other veterans the Lakers might add later on.

          • J Taylor

            Davis is a shot blocker. I am intrigued to see if he and Randle can make for a good defensive pairing. If Randle can do the heavy lifting and be the “physical one” in the paint, Davis (or Hill) have the ability to do the cleanup.

          • J Taylor

            Yes, he can play center.
            And he will be Hill’s backup.

            Let’s ignore Davis this year, as Mitch signed him for long term potential, not to be a backup center, or add more congestion in the PF ranks.

          • Paytc

            Carlos Boozer needs to lead by example and bust his butt hustling as well which I think he will do. That gives us 3 capable veterans who hopefully remain healthy to glue the young players together.

          • joshhh

            if lakers were smart they should sign Jermaine O’neal and Michael Beasley if not O’neal than JAVAL MCGEEEEE if not Beasley than earl clark he played great for us when he was with us big body good size 6’10 good 3 and mid range shooter and he defends what more can u ask for. lakers must get some vets to fill out roster srew those young rookies lik kane etc.. to bring to training camp
            PROJECTED LINEUP

            1st unit 2nd unit reserves
            Lin nash clarkson
            kobe young
            Wesley Beasley henry
            boozer randle kelly
            hill davis sacre and Jer Oneal

          • Paytc

            Obviously what your projecting can only happen if the Lakers sign Beasley and Oneal. I am in favor of them signing a least two more veteran players, but we will have to wait and see. Go Lakers !

        • Badazztj12

          Jordan Hill is still young. You never know he may have been working his ass off this offseason bulking up and learning more post moves.

      • Badazztj12

        Thats the reason they sign ryan kelly for two years. Mitch know they kelly can play PF/SF in 2015/2016 season. He may not get the playing time he had last year but once wesley and Boozer is gone and we get a good SF next year (Jimmy Butler). He will be the backup to Randle and the starting SF in 2015/2016. Kelly could even play C but he has bulk up

        • Paytc

          Yes that sounds reasonable but Kelly will have to work his tail off. Kobe wants to win now and later.

          Go Lakers !

      • joshhh

        if this team is not healthy they have no chance even if they r healthy they hav a little chance

        • Paytc

          I share Kobe’s mindset. We always see the glass as half full. Our attitude is make them prove they can stop us every time. We don’t just fold up, lay down, and hand opponents anything. Go Kobe ! Go Byron ! Go Lakers !

    • joshhh

      JAVAL MCGEE

      • LakersOverEverything

        Can’t afford him

  • Redemption Rain

    I’m going to put it down and say everyone needs to improve their game.

    • Badazztj12

      Everyone should know that. Everyone on this team determines everyone success. Damn I used “Everyone” a lot lol

      • joshhh

        except for sacre haha

        • Badazztj12

          I think sacre will continue to be our bench rider this season. He decent for a back-up but I dont see him getting much playing time. I would say 10-7 minutes a game

          • joshhh

            I see him being a cheerleader on the bench hill and davis got the center postion unless scott go likes 3, 4 deep at power forward which is stupid

      • Redemption Rain

        That’s why I don’t agree with this article…..everyone HAS TO IMPROVE their game, I don’t want to see anyone slumping down. I’m be sure to watch most of their games if not all, also be checking up on EVERYONE’S stats each game to see who produce what and who is being inconsistent and needs to get to work….

        • joshhh

          is time warner cable sportsnet available in canada

          • Redemption Rain

            Dam really? Who is your cable provider? I have Charter and I can still have Time Warner

          • joshhh

            do u live Montreal I have videotron

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL LA California…..and I would think you would be a Raptors Fan or a Grizz Fan since you’re Canadian

          • joshhh

            laker fan for life but seriously is TWC sportsnet available in montreal and I have satellite too and im wit bell

          • joshhh

            is TWC sportsnet available in montreal

        • Badazztj12

          Exactly what I am doing

  • Hector

    Michael Beasley if he signs with the Lakers.If not then it’s Jeremy Lin.

  • http://www.gofuckyourself.com/ BestxInTheWorld

    The MOST important is Kob. He’s played on better teams and worst and one thing I know is he’ll be in the playoffs even if he has to drag you there.

    The Lakers would benefit greatly if Nash can produce. I’m really pulling for him that his nerve issues can be contained so he can at least play 50 games this season, but who knows. A great year from Nash would be huge for our bench or starting lineup.

    • joshhh

      this should be our roster if they want to win
      pg lin nash Clarkson
      sg kobe young
      sf Wesley earl clark henry
      pf boozer randle Kelly
      c hill davis Jermaine O’Neal sacre

      • J Taylor

        If JO is playing 3rd Center behind Hill and Davis, why spend the $1M?

        And, If you were to spend $1M on Earl Clark, Beasley would be a better pick-up.

  • Badazztj12

    Its just really not one person. I would say everyone determines where we end-up. One person cant determine a team success on this team. If we had prime Kobe it would be different story….

    • joshhh

      for our frontcourt lakers should go like 5 deep for our pg go 2 deep lin and nash or lin and Clarkson if u know nash. sg go 2 deep kobe and young. sf go like 2 deep sorry henry but we can’t play everybody Wesley and earl clark or Beasley but im not a fan of Beasley but whatev. pf go 2 deep boozer and randle. center go 3 deep with hill davis and some one they get to fill out the roster Jermaine O’Neal would be great or javal McGee would be huge for us averaged 2.3 blocks 2 years ago. so every night they should go 11-12 deep in the rotation cuz they have so much depth on the roster except for Kelly and sacre keep them out of the rotation bunch of white boys no toughness in them blacks r tougher and better at basketball that’s a fact

      • Badazztj12

        I like how you thinking but Javale Mcgee is still on Nuggets. I would trade someone for him mid-season though

        • joshhh

          it’s just someone gonna be left out and it’s gonna be tough for those players. I like henry a lot I love his game its just he probably won’t get like any playing time cuz there’s probably gonna be 2 other guys in front of him if we sign a sf like Beasley or earl clark. what do u want scott to do he’s got so many options he has to find one rotation and stick with it but the rotation has to be 12 deep every nignt. I don’t want the lakers to do what they did lasy year bring young guys ike kane etc.. to training camp to fill out roster. last year they brought guys in in like marcus landry and elias harris those guys were horrible. they should get guys that have already played in the nba young or old guys like Jermaine oneal emeka okafor toney douglas ekpe udoh Beasley earl clark etc.. don’t make the same mistake who knows the last roster u fill could be a game changer

          • Badazztj12

            We havent signed another SF anyway. There are two spots left. One for Clarkson and one for a player just in case a player goes down. I dont see Lakers signing Besley or Clark. I wouldnt waste mid-level on a player for our team that is just competeing for a playoff spot. Would rather use it next year. Lots of free agents next year

          • joshhh

            wouldn’t Clarkson be # 13 and than we have 2 spots left we could get O’Neal for the vets min I would be happy with that

      • MustardsOffTheHotDog

        Not that it matters, but Sacre’s father is black and a former NFL tight end.

        • joshhh

          it’s sad that u even no that

  • Mario

    The Lakers gotta make some trades.We need a Center and Small Forward.Lin,Kobe,Julius are long term guys.Now lets trade Swaggy P and some pieces to get a Center.

    • Redemption Rain

      Our bench will be weaker….

      • joshhh

        no not really how can u say that when our bench is like the same the only guys we lost were bazemore Kaman meeks and farmar ur telling me those guys changeg our bench haha

        • Redemption Rain

          You taking Young out and who you have left on the bench? We had the BEST bench last season with Young, Meeks, Farmer, and Bazemore last season, you should check up on our stats, last season the Lakers ranked 7th in bench scoring in the league.

          Now tell me if you want to get rid of Young, how is our bench going to look LOL.

          • Mario

            I say sign Shawn Marion as the starting small forward and sign Michael Beasley as a bench scorer to make the points the Lakers need also Henry and Randle,Lin will be great scorers off the bench and Wes can score around 9 points.Then trade Swaggy P. and pieces to the team with a center.

            PG Steve Nash
            SG Kobe Bryant
            SF Shawn Marion
            PF Carlos Boozer
            C Jordan Hill Get A Center Move Hill To Bench

            Bench That’s A Hell Lot Better Than Last Season
            Jeremy Lin
            Julius Randle
            Michael Beasley
            Xavier Henry
            Ed Davis

          • Redemption Rain

            I am still skeptical about Nash starting, all we have is Gary’s words that “Nash is fine,” of corse he would say that….

            I still see it as
            PG-Lin
            SG- KB
            SF- Yes I’ll want Marion as our bench rathen then Wesley
            PF- I’ll rather have Randle start, since he is long term and I want to develop his mins, I don’t see Boozer staying here more than 2 years yet alone 1.
            C- Hill, so far I don’t see any good centers, I wanted Asik but he got traded to the Pelicans

            Yes sign Beasley for vets minimum for our bench, but with that said without Young I don’t see how our bench is superior to the one we had last year….

          • joshhh

            who said young is not on the team he’s still on the team coming off the bench for kobe so why r u saying without young

          • Redemption Rain

            Because this whole discussion started out with “trade Young,” start reading from the top…

          • joshhh

            why the F*** would they trade young they just signed him for 4 years people these days say anything

          • Redemption Rain

            LOL highly doubt we trading Young, but Mario suggested we trade Young, which will hurt the depth of our bench.

          • Badazztj12

            I think Young will be here to stay. His contract is perfect and isn’t hurting our chances to get more free agents. He just wanted to get more than what Jodie Meeks was getting paid since he did better than him last year. Young is a perfect sixth man for ANY team. We would be stupid to trade him.

          • Redemption Rain

            Young and Meeks are debatable if your judging their production from last season. But yeah I’m sure Young will stay and thank god he is staying…..

          • Badazztj12

            I am sure Hill can hold up on the C position but I am not sure if he would have the strength to hold on as a full time C. I just hope he hit the weight room this off-season. Davis is best as a back-up C because his arms are just too skinny. He looks weaker than Hill. I know for sure Davis isn’t gonna be the starter but he will be a good defensive player for bench.

          • Redemption Rain

            Daivs is a PF though….vdogg is right that C is our weakest position that needs to be address, I’m saying just ignore this season and look forward to next years free agency where we have a better selection then what is left right now. But if we want a good C without giving up our rookies then Young is the only trade able assist that we have, and I don’t like the idea of giving up Young…..Hill will do ok….but it won’t be enough, I see Hill as a back up C and not a starting C.

          • vdogg

            davis can absolutely play center. he may not be ideally sized height-wise, but he can do it. he has to pack on about 15 lbs. of muscle, which i hope he (and hill, for that matter) is doing right now.

          • Redemption Rain

            However that’s not his main position, I actually want a legitmate player that plays C first, I would just wait it out for next year’s free agency for better Cs

          • vdogg

            not ever center is 7 feet tall. you can still be effective in the pivot if you’re 6’10, 6’11. dwight, ben wallace and others have done it.

          • Redemption Rain

            That’s not what I’m saying, I want a player that has plays mainly the C position.But in terms of height I agree that Davis can play the C.

          • Badazztj12

            You also have to be a C that can produce. Rain is right that we maybe have to wait until next year to get a true that can produce. Hill and Davis this year are taking a big challenge having to play as full-time C’s. I just hope Hill worked on his strength

          • Badazztj12

            Size is not the problem. Its just that they have to add strength. Hill can be a even bigger monster on the boards. If he has the strength to defend in the post. He would make a good starting C. Davis already looking like he will be back-up C. Not working on his strength. Never seen a guy get 10-15 pounds of muscle in month or 2

          • Badazztj12

            Well looking at this year. It will be a HIll/Davis combo at C. If we never signed Davis we could have pick-up Okafor for starting defensive C. Next year free agency has good quality big men. If Doug snaps for Bulls. I see Lakers going after Jimmy Butler. SF and C I can see Lakers solving next year

          • Mario

            The only reason i said Swaggy P. he is our only tradeable asset other than Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson.I like Swaggy P. but we are not good at center.All the Lakers fans will quickly figure out what i am talking about once the season starts.ONCE AGAIN I LIKE SWAGGY P. BUT WE NEED A REAL CENTER!

          • Redemption Rain

            I agree Hill isn’t that great of a center, but what choice do we have? Is a game of sacrifice, Idk what Center you want that is available (I wanted Asik) but its either improve the C position which I think we can do in future free agency or sacrifice the depth of our bench. Man two years ago we never had a C problem now we do LOL…..Dwight and now Pau LOL

          • J Taylor

            re: Hill isn’t a great center.
            Aggregate his numbers as a starter and at 30 minutes, he’ll put up 16ppg, and 8 rebounds.

            I’m sure this is exactly the same method Mitch looked at when he gave him $9M and an incentive to be a top-tier center.

            Also, while a lot of guys are short sigted and only only look for blocks and dominant defense, there is only 1 D12 in the league, and the rest are typically scheme driven rebound guys. (Sounds a lot like Hill!) – The era of Shaq Centers is gone, “small ball” centers is the current paradigm.

          • Mario

            If Shawn Marion says no or we never contact him and he goes elsewhere then Michael Beasley becomes a likely starter for the Lakers and that would move Wes where he belongs on the bench.Nash is healthy as of right now and he is drawing rave reviews from people about his health so i will give him the starting nod over Lin and the benefit of the doubt.

            The debate is huge on whether Jordan Hill is a legit starting center in the NBA,i say no he is not and the team will lose games dude to him starting at center and Facebook agrees with me lol as a lot of Lakers fans want a real true center not Jordan Hill at center.

            He will be a joke at center teams will dominate the Lakers in the paint.Julius Randle should start but i get the idea he will not start from what i keep reading from the media ragarding Julius Randle.Boozer should come off the bench IMO.Gotta make a trade that’s the way i think we get better.

          • Redemption Rain

            I know how you feel, a lot of these players would be perfect from the BENCH, Hill I think is very underrated….I would say he would make a great back up Center but what choice do we have right now? What Cs are available right now and are worth the effort? Lakers aren’t winning anything right now, so I say we wait for Davis or DeAndre, but you could say they are a pipe dream…but who knows….

          • joshhh

            were not getting shawn marion I would love to have
            him but it’s not happening get it threw ur head

          • Mario

            Yeah Shawn Marion would be a boost.But i guess he will play elsewhere like you said.

          • joshhh

            he wouldn’t come hear for the vets min hears worth more than that

    • J Taylor

      Why do we need a center?

      PG: Lin, Nash, Clarkson
      SG: Kobe, Young
      SF: Johnson, , Henry
      PF: Boozer, Randle, Ryan
      C: Hill, Davis, Sacre

      / That’s not a bad team. Not a contender, but a team where a coach can be he difference between a playoffs run and sitting at home.

    • Kb24

      Obviously mitch still has some work to do, has sleeves om his shoulders, for now lakers are 45-50wins team, but with a HUGE TRADE coming, I can see them battle for 4-8th spot

  • joe

    I don’t think we are a player team after kobe ..it’s a team..This laker team best described as collection of Very good (not great?)players that all together will make great team ..I think it will be like every player out of kobe will average 10 to 14 point a game (boozer.hill.ed. lin..nick.julis.Nash if healthy) then we get 4 to 6 point from Johnson .Henry. . Clarkson. .

  • Mario

    The Lakers desperately need to make a big trade to get in a true center to replace Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol and Chris Kaman.Tradable assets are Swaggy P. and Julius Randle also Jordan Clarkson and the Houston first round pick along with Sacre.Make a trade fast this is going to be worse than the Chris Mihm experience.Speaking of Chris Mihm what is he doing these days we sure can use him at center.Nevermind he sucks lol.Mitch should try to get Larry Sanders or Roy Hibbert we need rim protection badly.

    • joshhh

      JAVAL MCGEEEEE

    • J Taylor

      Technically, when to look at Hill’s contributions on a “30 minute per” he’s a borderline elite center. Will he step up and become that type of player consistently? Mitch took a gamble.

  • Mario

    What about Andrew Bynum?Is he healthy and willing to return to LAL.

    • joshhh

      javal mcgee

    • Kd

      Out for nxt season, will undergo a special surgery for his knee

  • Joseph Apohen

    A pg with intelligence is most important in a team beside superstars of course like Kobe. A pg is the director and he should know how to position his team mates to maximize their importance to the team.

  • Thomas Klein

    Judging by last season, it’s Gary Vitti, he’s the most important guy because he needs to keep our 33, 36, and 40 year old players healthy.

  • plansmaker

    If Kobe is healthy, then he will be the most important leader player of Lakers. Nash is too fragile and injury pron to last through the whole season. This left only Lin and Boozer. However, Lin has experience and youth with high ceiling and Boozer’s best playing days are behind him, his production has been in decline for some years.
    This left us Randall and Clarkson an untested rookies, Jordan Hill, Ed Davis are not your high achievers after years in NBA.
    The impact player is most likely be Jeremy Lin of Linsanity fame.

  • john

    Probably Michael Beasley

  • CORKY CARROLL

    We still have one or two more signings to do, who knows…. it could be one of them. But more than likely it will be ALL of them.

    • J Taylor

      One to two more signings, and lots of expiring contracts to trade.

  • Rebuilding To A Better Future

    Sorry to break the bad news but the Lakers are only a 30-32 win team.I looked at there opponents and how many times they will play and factoring in back to backs it will be a ugly forgettable season for our Lakers.We will also fork over the lottery pick to the Suns.These are the realities of the NBA.The West is stacked and way too tough.The East is where the Lakers will get most there wins.We must be patient this is a rebuild.

    • J Taylor

      How is that possible? The team got 26 wins with a team of B-League players, without a consistent starting lineup, and no Kobe

      1) They will have a starting corps that will be stable the entire season.
      2) Their starters have starting experience.
      3) This year’s starters are an improvement over last year.
      4) Kobe is back.

      I think a .500 season is attainable and (at the least) 41 wins. I expect they will be fighting for the 8th seed and might get it.

    • Kb24

      Dude, put kobe in bucks or philly and they will be contenders, how much more if it is lakers

      • Kishan

        ones on the east and ones on the west HUGE difference

    • Xero

      Was no one really gonna tell this idiot that there isn’t only 62 games in a season!

      • Jokobe

        he didnt mean 30-32 as in win-loss hes saying 30 to 32 wins IMO.

  • Lakers Win Again

    Carlos Boozer is that guy since he has been a second option his whole career.

  • Sweet World

    Boozer

  • Truck Driver

    The Michael Beasley workout was not needed as the Lakers already know how good he is as he is always healthy and ready to play and only 25 years old still.I hope the Lakers hurry up and sign Beasley we need him to be our second option.

  • Truck Driver

    Beasley for veteran minimum is a steal and a major bargain for the Lakers.

  • Ric V. Avelino

    Basketball is a team effort to be initiated by PG Lin led by SG Kobe.

  • Booze Cruise LAL

    Carlos Boozer for sure is the best option after Kobe.

  • purpngold

    Jordan clarkson

  • Luke

    Jordan Clarkson will be the second option on a 55 win Lakers team.

    • Zach

      …in 2021..?

      • Kishan

        ZACH just leave mate!!!…. ur not welcome here… if u think lakers will do worse with Kobe then u obvs no nothing about Basketball

        • Zach

          And if you think the Lakers are winning 55 games with Jordan Clarkson as the #2 option you’re huffing aerosol. I know the game better than anyone here, that’s a guarantee.

  • Gabe

    If the Lakers sign Michael Beasley it will remind me of the Cedric Ceballos signing back in 1994 since the team is in transition and we need any good young talent also since both Ceballos and Beasley could both score a whole lot of points they both could rebound the ball and they both were never known for being good defenders,but both are prolific scorers.I could see Beasley leading the Lakers in scoring once Kobe is retired or if Kobe can’t comeback as expected.Second option is Michael Beasley if he signs with The Lakers.A lefties lineup of Beasley,Randle,Henry,Davis would be hard to guard and also very fun to watch.Do it Mitch!

  • Terry

    Ed Davis before he got traded to Memphis well he was a 10 ppg. and 7 reb. guy playing center for the Toronto Raptors.Toronto should have kept him but now we got him so it works out best for us.I vote for Ed Davis in this debate,he is of most importance to the Lakers as he becomes the P.J. Brown/Horace Grant of the Lakers defense and rebounding.Ed Davis will have a huge year for the Lakers.

    • vdogg

      could not agree more. i think davis is going to have a great year.

  • Sharone

    I also think Ed Davis.

  • Zach

    Kobe NOT playing is the Lakers’ only hope for the playoffs. If he’s out there at age 36 chasing the points record on one leg, this team is looking at about 29-53.

    • vdogg

      “about” 29-53? you mean you don’t know for sure?? i thought you could tell the future!!! yes, kobe played so little last year and the team made the playoffs! oh wait, no they didn’t. you don’t like kobe — we get it, young lady. no need to beat a dead horse. you also know NOTHING about the lakers, so BE GONE.

      • Zach

        Sadly, I know more about your favorite team than you do. And it’s funny you’d call ME a lady, crushing on Kobe like you do in here all day long. Root for the bricklayer if you must, but I’d avoid any hotel stayovers with him sweetie pie.

        • vdogg

          LOL. you know nothing about the lakers, pal. stick to your own squad — btw, do you even have one? typical laker hater you are.. “you’re a laker fan? get your tongue out of kobe’s butt.” blah, blah. anything new to add? yeah, didn’t think so. you’re a dime a dozen. learn something about the NBA before you come at me.

  • numb1lakefan

    michael beasley is the most important piece to winning now and not rebuilding

  • Eman94

    I think it has to be Julius Randle, he’s the Lakers’ first lottery pick since Andrew Bynum and sort of a symbol of what the Lakers’ future will be, both are uncertain but filled with promise and hope. Lottery players are important to every team and Randle has the pressure of delivering for a franchise that usually doesn’t draft lottery type players, all eyes are on him right now and the pressure is on for him to be successful for a great franchise that doesn’t have much patience for losing. Other than that he’s a player who can impact the game with his scoring, rebounding, ball-handling and eventually with his passing and defense. He’s vital to this team’s success for what he’s capable of.

  • Jokobe

    J Lin no doubt. N young isnt going to be getting 20 + looks per game. It’s going back to old school defense and how well Nash and Lin can adapt to the triangle. N Young is going to have to cut down on his Shaqtin a Foo moments also.

  • khyberjones

    Byron Scott is the key person who will determine the Lakers’ success. The Laker roster is 2 deep at almost every position. If Scott uses the roster correctly, this team can match up with the west’s back courts and has enough bodies in the front court to hold their own. Given the Lakers’ typical advantages at home, this team should be able to win 50 games and make the playoffs.

  • Jarriq Darrius ThaGreat

    Its gotta be every man on the floor. Key thing is rebounding. Rebound Rebound Rebound

  • Ray-Marcus

    Boozer….If he plays like 12-13 season Booze…and Kobe is even at 60% we will make the playoffs!! I am convinced lol

  • Duckathon

    Lin, mostly due to the lack of options behind him.

  • Ray-Marcus

    Ed Davis is a very limited PF/C who works hard but does not even offer better rim protection than J Hill despite his long arms. He also only has a below average mid range J in his offensive arsenal yet he gets so much love on these Lakers forums.Can some one explain? Are we talking the same guy who was at Memphis? A bench player or a trade filler at best IMO

    • vdogg

      if ed gets the minutes, he will produce. you’ll see.

  • Duckathon

    That being said, the Lakers need many players to step up big to have a chance to cmpete in the West.

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